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For you all that have been experiencing PMS for years, may the Lord bless you! I have had my share of horrible cramps and headaches, but for the first time I was irritable and moody a week before it all began. It was like a completely different person had taken over my body…and then gave it back to me 5 days later.

After going through this ordeal, hoping for it to never return, I decided to see what dietary changes I could make to help ward off the monster before the next attack. Here are some possible Natural Remedies for PMS:

1. Reduce the intake of salt and sugar, which helps in reducing bloating.

2. Eliminate caffiene. (This is not too hard for me to do, however I do really love my black tea, hot or iced!)

3. Eat small meals, frequently! (This should not be a problem for me.)

We shall see if these strategies help me next month. I will probably need to add others. Being moody and irritable is rarely a good thing for this very reason:

James 1:19-20 – “…Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

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I recently have begun reading a book called The Quiver: Christian Parenting in a Non-Christian World by Douglas & Victoria Jacoby and have been eager to see what spiritual advice is given on raising amazing children who have a love for God.

Summary

The book addresses several questions that I was curious to find out the answers to (quote):

  • As a mother, how can I balance it all?
  • With our hectic lives, how can we make the home a haven?
  • What’s the best way to train and discipline our children?
  • Why are mealtimes so important?
  • How can we keep the world out of our home?

Chapter 1: Quiver, Bow, & Arrows, discusses how the quiver is the case that is used to temporarily carry the arrows in. In archery, the arrows do not end up serving their purpose without an archer and a bow, which is used to guide the arrow in the desired direction. The Jacobys use this analogy to help us understand that parents are the “archers” and use the bow (the way that they raise their children) to “aim” or guide their arrows (children) to the target. This requires a parent who is willing to use biblical principles to have patience, “a steady hand, a keen eye, and a calm spirit”.

Reflection

A skilled archer carefully thinks through the steps that are needed to have the arrow meet the target. It is not rushed or done haphazardly. It should be the same with parenting. I was intrugued by this comparison, since I had never thought of it this way! So much guidance and modeling is needed for children to learn what it expected of them and how to meet those expectations. I am looking forward to learning more in the next chapter!

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This morning I was reading a commentary on Proverbs 31: 10-31 in the NIV version of the Life Application Study Bible:

“The woman described in this chapter has outstanding abilities…In fact, she may not be one woman at all – she may be a compsite portrait of ideal womanhood. Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days are not long enough to do everything she does! See her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be. We can’t be just like her, but we can learn from her industry, integrity, and resourcefulness.”

This is so true! The purpose of this blog is to take this idea into account as I record my thoughts and things that I have learned about being a wife, a working mother, and a “maker of the home”. In this process, it is my desire to grow in character, wisdom, skills, and compassion. If you would like to join me on this journey, I would happily enjoy your company!

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