Man Cave Week 1: Attitude

Good day gents!
As mentioned in my introductory post, the focus of this week is Attitude. This not only means in relation to being a Real Man, but also how it applies overall toward the Christian approach to life.
So naturally, we begin with the obvious question: what is proper Attitude? Too often we’re confronted by images in society and the media that would have you believe that Attitude is exemplified as a boisterous and sneering thug who attempts to overwhelm the world around him through sheer obnoxiousness.
But the truth is not so simple. Attitude is simply a way of thinking and acting regarding people, situations and things. Sure, the thug can rightly claim to possess Attitude, but his is only one of many (and one not likely to be successful). Such an attitude is more likely to inhibit success because it inspires resentment and anger (aka negative Attitudes) in others, and I would argue that a lack of success is certainly not becoming of a Real Man. It would seem to me that there must be a better attitude out there.

But what does the Bible have to say regarding attitude? Two passages have struck me in trying to find an answer for that:
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5: 1-2
“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31: 23
The first reflects an attitude of inner peace resulting from faith. Through this Attitude of peace a gratitude, the Godly man is able to stand and rejoice (bringing forth positivity). The second shows that the Godly Man has an Attitude reflecting honor, which likewise inspires more honor from standing among the pillars of a man’s community (and makes the ladies happy too). The Real Man then builds and maintains a positive attitude rooted in faith. He builds up the positive attitude of others and positions himself where he is needed. He builds success.
These are all traits that I need to remember when I’m going about my life, as I often find myself possessing a negative Attitude. I need to remember that it is more constructive for me as a man to build up others, rather than succumbing to the negative desire to attack.
In trying to develop a Real Man’s Attitude, the following questions should be asked throughout the week: Is my Attitude contributing to positive or negative attitudes of others? Does my attitude reflect faith? Is my Attitude bringing honor to myself and others? How successful is my Attitude allowing me to be?
I hope that my reflecting on Attitude will help all of you in considering what it means to be a Real Man. Have a great week!
-Hunter
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Introduction to the Ladies Bible Study

I hope you all are having a peaceful day.

This Sunday, I will be introducing our Bible study so that we may all have time to gather the needed materials and ready our hearts and minds for the upcoming studies.

I have mentioned before that we will be studying our way through Proverbs 31. The book I have chosen to use as reference and for lessons is Bible Study for Busy Moms. It is intended to be a 30 day study, but since we are all very busy and I’d like for us to take our time in this, we will be doing this over 30 weeks instead.

This Bible study offers lessons for both Mama and children and will take about 20 minutes to complete. You can do these in one day or over a series of days or even repeat the same reading and lesson a few times during the week.

I will be using our family copy of the KJV and posting verses from there. However, if you are using an online copy of the Bible, the book suggests Blue Letter Bible. You may, of course, use any version you are most comfortable with 🙂

This week, take the time to think about and gather the following:

Gather:
1. Paper or Journal
2. Pens
3. Colored Pencils
4. Preferred Bible
5. Access to the Internet (be it your phone, laptop, family computer, whichever. If you do not use the internet regularly or would prefer not to use it for your study you will need: a concordance, a topical Bible, a Bible commentary, and two or more translations of the Bible)

Once you have all these items, find something to store them in so you can easily find and move them as needed.

Think about:
1. Where do you want to (or can you) do your study?
2. When do you want to do your study?

Lastly, take a moment to pray that God will open your heart and mind this week to what He would have you learn. It is not my intention to be your teacher, I am sharing my study with you and my thoughts as well as what God is teaching me based on my current life. I encourage you to take the time to journal about these things as well.

This week, before we begin this study, I’d like all of us to spend some time thinking about who this “virtuous woman” truly was? How does this apply to us where we are right now (at the start of this journey)? What do we hope to learn? To achieve? Write these questions, and your answers and comments down in a place you will be able to remember and keep them. When we finish this study, we will revisit these questions to wrap up.

Have a blessed day ladies,

Audrey

Picture credits are from my mother’s art books/database and the final picture is from LittleCozyHouse.

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Introduction to the Men’s Bible Study

Greetings everyone!
Today, I’m writing to introduce the Men’s Bible Study I’ll be doing in order to further understand what it means to be a Real Man or a Godly man of character.
The study I’ll be using is Victory Series 1: God’s Story For You. The study provides a series of practical lessons on how to overcome personal weaknesses as men and how we can achieve victory over these weaknesses and grow to become Godly men in our daily lives. It provides a tiered structure of growing in our relationship with Christ, so that we might more clearly track our progress. It is intended to be a 30 day study, but I’ll be doing it as a 30 week study in an effort to parallel the women’s study.
Like Audrey, I too will be using the family’s KJV Bible to go along with the lessons. However, use whatever edition you feel most comfortable using.
Before you start each lesson, the book recommends that you read the Scripture associated with each lesson, so it may help to keep a pen and paper on hand to write out your initial thoughts before going into it. It may help to meditate on the passages for some time before you proceed with that lesson.
Most importantly though, pray about the lessons before you begin. Ask God to make you receptive to what you’re about to learn and how to apply it to your life.
Think about what a Real Man, a Godly Man, is. What does this man look and act like? Am I like this man? Do I reflect God in my daily life? What can I do to address my shortcomings? Write the questions down and think about them while you do your lesson and throughout the week. We can use them to grow in strength and faith.
I look forward to going on this journey with you. Have a wonderful Sunday,

Hunter
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Man Cave: Week One Intro Post

 

A question that I’ve frequently heard asked by women and less frequently from men is “Where have all the Real Men gone?” Hundreds (if not thousands) of commentaries, articles, dissertations and diatribes have been published regarding this very subject, the sheer volume of which might lead a less informed reader to conclude that real men are on the verge of extinction. Unfortunately, even a concerned reader directly on the frontlines of the ‘Real Men Extinction Crisis’ may be unable to answer this question. And the reason for that is simple: what is meant when we say “Real Men”?

The Bible confirms that God calls on men to be “Real Men.” In both the Old and New Testaments, the way a man conducts himself is paramount to what it means to be a Real Man. Reaching adult Age and possessing a Y-chromosome are not enough. A Real Man is created by conscious thought and action in accord with God’s directives as revealed to us in the Bible:
In short: “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity” Titus 2:7
Even more short: Be a man of Character.
We’ll be following the same challenge course that the ladies are. Week one will be focused on Attitude. God has written an amazing story for each of us and if we only follow it, we’ll be lead to what it means to be Real Men.

After all, how can we men expect to solve this extinction crisis without a little help from God?

Hunter

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First Intro Post: It’s All About Attitude

If you are a member of the Facebook group, a few days ago you saw a post I wrote asking “where has the beauty gone”?

As a culture we have moved into a world of “girl power” but how this truly translates is “boys are stupid, throw rocks at them”. We, as women, are not longer expected, let alone supported or encouraged, to be what God created us to be.

The Bible says that a virtuous woman is worth far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10). What an exclamation! What does virtuous mean though? What is God calling us to be?

While it is easy to get caught up in the doing of life, trying to achieve all the things on our to do list, it is easier still to lose sight of the heart he calls us to have. That is where we will figure out what he is calling us to be! That is attitude! That is character!

As we begin this challenge, we will be studying our way through Proverbs 31. Our first focus will be on our heart, our attitudes, our relationships with God. We will then shift focus to the “doing” part of what God has set before us. None of us will ever be perfect, but if we use God’s word as our guide in our lives, we will be richer for it.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

Blessings to all of you and I will see you Sunday for our first Bible study post!

Audrey

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A Quick Update

Hello Ladies!

I’m getting very excited for our first challenge beginning on Friday! Here is a quick break down of how this will look on the blog:

Fridays I will post an intro to the new week challenge and wrap up the previous week’s challenge.

On Sunday morning, the Bible study will post. (So looking forward to this!)

Monday, a full write up of the week’s challenge will be posted. This one will be detailed while Friday will be an overview.

Wednesday I will do a check in to share pictures or notes of my progress and see how you all are doing.

Also, on Friday evenings, we will be getting a special post from my husband for the guys who are following along. He’s dubbed this the “Man Cave” post haha!

As a reminder, this first challenge is focusing on foundations and fundamentals: Bible study, attitude, mentality, budgeting, routines, schedules, etc.

I’m so looking forward to getting to know you all during this time! Friday will be our first intro post with our first full week beginning Monday 🙂

Blessings,

Audrey

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Welcome!

Welcome to Christian Feminine Homemaking!

This blog is a work in progress but has initially been created as a place for me to share my journey to becoming a Proverbs 31 woman. I will do my best to be as real and honest as possible. Please do your best to be kind when commenting. I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination so please don’t expect me to be!

In May I will be starting a challenge that you are welcome to join that will begin with a Bible study on striving for Biblical womanhood and setting a foundation in our homes and lives. These first 6 weeks will cover goal setting, budgeting, routines and caring for ourselves.

After this, a longer challenge focusing on decluttering will last for 11 weeks then a 10 week cleaning challenge.

The last 2 weeks will be focused on keeping up good habits and preparing for the holidays. A total of 30 weeks!

I’m excited to begin and look forward to sharing this with you all!

Audrey

Disclaimer: I am 14 weeks pregnant so let’s all keep expectations for ourselves realistic! 

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