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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a
The Pillar of Power                            by J. Kirkpatrick
My Hero                                           by B. Walker
A Word from the Lord                      from R. Zaccaeus
True Mothers in Israel                       by J. Kirkpatrick

The Pillar of Power

"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." *** I Corinthians 1:24

"He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom," *** Jeremiah 10:12

Christ is the power and wisdom of our house. He is the stabilizing pillar that supports the whole house. He is the mainstay who supports the rereward of our house.

"And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stablility of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure." *** Isaiah 33:6

God has established an order for our homes. There can be no strength nor stablility if the pillars we are building are not built according to the specifications of God's blueprint. The father is to be lifted up as the pillar of strength, stability, power and wisdom by the mother of the home.

"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." I Corinthians 11:3

"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body."   Ephesians 5:23

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."    Ephesians 5:22-24

For our homes to come into God's perfect order, we must begin to establish our husbands as the pillar of strength and stability in our children's eyes.

"And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" Colossians 2:10

"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."  I Corinthians 15:28

My Hero

by Bobby Walker, La

We all have a hero or champion of yesteryear. Mine was "Aunt Mae". Her name was Addie Mae Purvis but most everybody just called her "Aunt Mae".

This petite, non-descript lady had three loves: God, Uncle Gene, and me. They took me in when I was about four and took care of me for several years as if I were their own.

For some reason I had a difficult time as a child. In my mind, I didn't belong or fit anywhere. I don't suppose I was any more of a brat than some of my male peers, but i was always the one who got caught. I took the rap most of the time. Aunt Mae would explain away every transgression. She didn't condone wrong, but she figured a kid who was as lopsided as I was needed a little extra latitude I guess.

She made "cat head" biscuits in a big black iron skillet; the very best in all the world. She never raised her voice nor would she argue. And Aunt Mae had a talent which enabled her to kiss the pain right out of a mashed finger or black eye. I saw her frown only once in all my years. She had looked toward the sun in order to get a glimpse of some bird. The frown immediagely disappeared as she audibly thanked God for the sun's warmth and beauty.

This little lady never had much, materially speaking. Few of us did in the 40's. But then, it didn't take much to make her happy. She drew from some inner "well" which few possess.

One day, after being gone for several years, I returned to see my Aunt Mae. Uncle Gene had died and she had been along for awhile. She was so lonely. he had been her husband for many years and she missed him a great deal. As we sat in the living room chatting, she asked: "Son, would you take me down to the river and let me catch a perch or two?" I assured her I would be back the following week-end and do just that. But we never went fishing again. Two days after that simple request my champion left. She died as she had lived. There were no theatrics nor tearful farewells. With peace, humble dignity and a trace of a smile, she gently squeezed my index finger as she whispered a thank you for me being there and closed her blue eyes.

I shall never forget my hero. aunt Mae touched so many people in a positive way. She loved, not asking love in return and was always there with a word of encouragement or blackberry cobbler; whatever it took to bring comfort to a confused little boy.

This was my champion. She was my hero.

From a sister in the body:  R. Zacchaeus, TX

The Lord has instructed me to go foth, for the fields are white unto harvest. It is time to thrust in His sickle and reap the grain for the harvest of the earth is ripe, Rev 14:14-16; Mark 4:26-29.

Wisdom hath builded her house,

she hath hewn out her seven pillars: Proverbs 9:1

As Mothers in Israel we have a great responsibility to raise up this pillar of strength and stability for our homes.

The Way of The Lord

"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment;"  Genesis 18:19

The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: *** Proverbs 10:29

Become God's voice in the earth today.

:The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."   Isaiah 40:3

Begin today to prepare the way for the righteous nation to come forth.

"Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people."  Isaiah 62:10

Let it be said that we have hewn out a pillar of strength and stablility by our training and instruction to our children in God's ways. Let it be said of the children we raise...

"This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord."   Acts 18:25

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