I AM STIRRED!
Lately i've been doing some research on Wives' & Mother's of old Preachers & Revivalists and I am completely humbled by their reverence for God & their devotion to holiness. Recently i've been indulging in the lives of Susanna Wesley & Katarina Von Bora.
Some background on each:
Katarina Von Bora was Martin Luther's wife, the famed man of God who brought reformation to the Catholic Church. She was a run-away nun who set out to marry Luther. She was inspired by his piety and courage. She was an excellent manager of the home, and even turned part of their home, his old monastery into a hospital. She supported her Husband in his work from God, and was his constant encourager. Katarina upheld the finances & affairs of the family which helped Luther maintain his commitment and call to resound the true Gospel of Christ. Luther was often away on ministry tours & once both celibate, wrote of his marriage saying, "There is no bond on earth so sweet, nor any separation so bitter, as that which occurs in a good marriage." Luther had nicknamed Katarina, the "morningstar of Wittenberg", on behalf of her rising each morning at 4am, tending to her many wifely which included their lush gardens, orchards & livestock, which she would butcher herself.
So talking about these two fiery, well-versed ladies, my heart has been stirred even more to fulfill this holy calling that parenthood is! I could only hope that in reading my most recent post, this has put a desire in your heart for either yourself as a Mother & Wife, or for your beloved Wife to go higher.