The  Fruitful  Vine

"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a
Birth  Pangs                                    by  B. Adkins
Return to Our Standards                 by K. Huff
Train Up A Child

Praise the Lord! One year ago this month we sent out the first "Fruitful Vine". I trust that these newsletters have been a blessing to you and your family.

The Lord has truly given us direction compiling articles for the needs of families today. The things the Lord has laid on your hearts to submit has been very timely for wives, mothers and families.

We are, indeed, encouraged by the many letters from all of you who are benefiting from this publication. Our desire is to continue to publish these vital words in the year ahead.

We would be glad to send back issues to anyone who has not received the complete series of "Training Up a Child" and "True Mother's of Israel.

Our next emphasis will be to encourage the wife in her god-given responsibilities and her special needs through Spiritually applying God's Word in areas of the marriage and the complete family.

Please, if you have an experience to share along these lines, or a poem, etc., send them to us so that we may share these vital words with the Body of Christ.

We truly want to encourage you in the Lord to become the Fruitful Vine entwined in the open-weaved lattice, protecting those inside your gates, allowing the fresh air, sun and cooling rain of God's Word to enter in.

Birth Pangs
by Barbara Atkins

As Jesus walked through the countryside the multitudes followed Him. He would point to a man planting a field and say, "A sower went forth to sow", using natural examples to teach spiritual truths. I am a simple person, and He often uses natural examples to teach me. On August 5th, our Jennifer gave birth to our twelfth grandchild, Jeremy Alan Holly.

Jennifer had a long, difficult labor. She was admitted on Friday afternoon. And, the baby wasn't born until Sunday afternoon. The nurses were monitoring her pain. By Saturday evening she was exhausted and frustrated. "All this pain and it isn't contractions. I'm not dilating. I can't bear any more!" Jesus says, "My grace is sufficient for you,: but often we are in to much anguish to remember His promises. At one point, her sister, Denise, was attempting to comfort her with God's promises. Jennifer responded, "He doesn't care, or He would have intervened by now." Of course, the prize of all this painful labor was the precious child that would come forth. But, it was difficult to keep her eyes on the prize when she was engulfed in so much pain.

Through this experience, God showed me that the world is in labor. "Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all the hands will be limp, every man's heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in child birth." Isaiah 13:6-8

There is an endless list of devastation surrounding us...the Mid-East crisis, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, severe electrical storms, financial failures, child abuse, battered wives, abortions, homelessness, list a few. Matthew 24:6-8 warns: "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pangs."

This labor will be long and difficult! "There will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor every shall be. And unless these days were shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the elects' sake these days will be shortened." Matthew 24:21,22

There are many different responses to pain. Women in child birth respond differently... some will scream, some moan, some quietly endure. What if we had prayed for Jennifer's labor to stop? Our prayer in the days to come must be; "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!"

What is the prize that awaits those who endure to the end? "A woman when she is in labor has sorrow, because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish for joy that a man has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice and your joy no one will take from you." John 16:21,22
The hymn writer sums it up with these words:
"It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race 'til we see Christ."
Return To Our Standards
by Kathy Huff

Hosea 2:1-15 - Mothers, are you playing the harlot, going after your lovers? The lovers I see here, are not other men, but they are our many idols. They could be money, nice clothes, jewelry, a fancy house, our job, more schooling, and many others. All of these have consumed us.

My eyes have recently been opened to many things. AS I was studying Hosea 2:1-15, God revealed some very important things for us as mothers and wives.  In this issue of the "Fruitful Vine", I would like to share what the Father revealed to me about verse 4,

"And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredom."

Her children are children of whoredom. Because of this mother's way of life, her children are following in the same steps as she. They have fallen by the wayside. There are many reasons why this could happen. One reason is because the mothers work outside the home away from their children when it is not necessary. The damage we do to our children! Our children no longer have a stable foundation under them. No longer do they feel secure and wanted. They are tossed to and fro from mom to dad to the babysitters or nursery school; many bosses, none speaking the same things. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to

"Train up a child!"

This starts from birth. When we are at work all day, how can we train them up the right way? They are being trained all right --- but not with a godly background.  If you are not a working mother, there are still things that we should be doing continuously as a godly mother for our children.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 shows that we are to

(1) Fear the Lord thy God

(2) Keep all His statutes and commandments

(3) Observe and do them

Then we are to

(4) Teach them to our children

(5) Talk of them

(6) Bind them for a sign, and

7) Write them down, posting them in our homes

This is the same Scripture the Lord showed me when He wanted me to quit working almost six years ago. When we do the above things continuously, our children will be trained in His ways! This means reading the Word to the younger ones, having a family time in the Word, and a time of prayer and praise.

You know, we are our children's mirror. What they see and hear us do, they do. For example, I have been observing the little girls in our church with their doll babies. They come with their babies all dressed nice and pretty, wrapped in blankets. They hold them so tenderly, patting and rocking them during the singing. I have also observed them paddling them. Where have they seen this before? WE have been left with an example or an image to follow, I Peter 2:21-23,

"There was no guile nor evil found in Jesus' mouth".
He is the example we are to follow.
What kind of language, (not necessarily language) but the tone of our voices are the children hearing?

               Are you a talebearer? Proverbs 20:19 and Proverbs 20:8

                      Are you quick to anger? Proverbs 14:7 and Proverbs 14:29

Do you speak softly? This does not mean low so others can barely hear, but with a gentleness; no harshness.
As I listen to my son speak to others, especially in play or when something has upset him, I am very ashamed of what he has learned from his mom. Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 15:1, and Proverbs 12:18
Do you speak truth? Proverbs 12:17
Is there praise on your lips? Psalm 149:6

Are you following your example when someone else does something which hurts your feelings or upsets you? Do you revile back? There are two kinds of reviling: one is with angry words, Psalm 55:21; the other is the silent treatment, inner rebellion, and the snubbing of others, Isaiah 3:9a. When we are partaking of the second reviling back, our countenance will reveal it. We don't have to speak it. Our face shows when we are angry, displeased, disgusted, and upset. My husband always tells me, "Your eyes are flashing, and your nose is flaring." This is true.

Look up the word "anger" in the Strong's Concordance. Take a look in the mirror the next time you are angry. Our children will pick up quickly on this. Observe them and see. When you see, please, in a gentle way, guide them from this. Are your children hearing life or death come forth from your lips? When we revile back with words, it is death unto the hearers, Ephesians 4:29-31 and Galatians 5:14-15. When we bite and devour one another, it will consume us and bring forth death!

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