The Fruit of Her Hands Book Study–Chapter Eight

Leftovers

Well ladies, this is the final chapter of this very encouraging and challenging book. As I do a mental review of the topics in this book, it brings to my mind the passage in 2 Peter 1:3 which says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” As we have journeyed through the topics in these chapters, Nancy has sought to challenge us as Christian wives and mothers to strive for personal holiness in literally every area of our Christian life and she continues to do so as we jump into chapter eight.

Our first topic for discussion is the attribute of carelessness. Nancy begins here by reminding us of the words of Jesus regarding our servant/master relationship.  In 1 John 3:13, Jesus tells us, “do not be surprised brothers, that the world hates you.” In other words, Jesus makes it clear that we, “the servants,” are not greater than the master, “Jesus”. If we know this truth, then why are we so surprised and shocked when the world maligns us? Nancy says this demonstrates how far we are from the biblical mindset.

In the gospel of Luke, we are warned to be careful when all men think well of us. Again, we are reminded to know the Word and some Church history. Jesus, our savior, our Master, was mistreated, misquoted, misunderstood and maligned. So, as His servants, we should know that the same will be true for us. But, unlike Jesus, you and I must be very careful to ensure that our mistreatment is not due to our own sin.

Ladies this is where every subject in this book regarding our lives as Christian women come together:

Chapter 1: A Woman’s Orientation to Marriage Chapter 2: Walking with God
Chapter 3: Respecting our Husbands Chapter 4: Principles and Methods Chapter 5: Contentment
Chapter 6: Duties of Homemaking Chapter 7: Lovemaking

You and I, as God’s women, have a high and divine calling to be women sanctified (set a part) by God in the world for His purposes and plans. In other words, our lives are not our own. We have been bought at a price and God expects us to bear good fruit in our lives. If it is the good fruit in our lives that the world mistreats, misunderstands, or misquotes, then God is glorified and we will be rewarded. But if we are unfruitful, misunderstood, mistreated for our sin, then we shame our Lord and we will stand accountable for those things.

Seasons1As women, we have many seasons in our lives and in every season we are expected to bear good fruit for the Lord, and in return, we can trust that our Lord will provide all our needs. I love what the scripture says in Isaiah 54:5, “For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts.” As we discover more and more about what it means to walk with God and be a woman of the Word, one thing seems very clear to me, God does not just drop us in and out of seasons of our lives without preparing us for those seasons. Whether you realize it or not, you are being prepared for the next season God has for you. The question is how prepared are you? How teachable are you now? How available are you for teaching and preparation now?

Nancy closes the book with two topics: Granny (caring for our parents/grandparents) and Decorated Doorways (our children’s wedding). These two subjects she connects with the gospel and they can be summed up with this very simple idea. As we deal with these two things in our lives, we have a great opportunity to show a lost world God’s wonderful gracious plan for caring for those who can no longer care for themselves and His wise and gracious plan for marriage. Ladies, if you have your own personal copy of “The Fruit of Her Hands,” you will definitely want to keep this on your shelf as a resource as God transfers you from season to season.

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