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Saturday, August 24, 2013

What's In A Name?

A blog name to be exact.
I thought you might be interested to know how I chose the title.


I wanted it to be about what I do and what is really important to me. A few months after The Hubster and I were married, we determined that it would be possible for me to not have to work outside the home. I was delighted! My Mom had always stayed home with my sister and me and it was what I always wanted to do. Although I went to college for four years and got my nursing degree, I had no career aspirations but to be a wife and mother and take care of our home....just as my mom had done.

But at that time, we were still without children. So, in our culture in this day, I was a rarity. Few women made the decision to not work outside the home unless they had small children. I got a lot of, "What do you DO all day?" I started to think about what my "title" really was. I really disliked the term "homemaker." It just seemed to have such negative connotations in our society.

At one point, during a women's Bible study, I was reminded of Paul's teaching in Titus 2:3-5.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Do you see that phrase "busy at home?" In other versions of the Bible it says....

 "working at home" 
"managing their home"
"fulfilling their duties at home"

But my favorite was from the good ol' King James Version....and maybe only because it was the way I first heard it as a child....
"keeper at home"

On The Narrow Way

This part was easy....well, easy to chose as part of a blog title, but hard to do. It comes from Matthew 7:13-14.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
As a follower Of Christ, I am urged to take the narrow road in life....the harder, less-traveled road....because it is the one that leads to life. And in my role as this "keeper" of my home, I need to follow the narrow way as well. Even if it's not what everyone else is doing.


Once upon a time, there was a blog called Keeping On The Narrow Way. It was mostly something I did for fun. It started out as a way to share about what was going on in our family. At one point it became a blog about my love of digital scrapbooking. It has sat deserted for a couple years now. When I decided I wanted to do this blog thing for real, I knew I was going to have to start from scratch. But I was married to the name, thus the "still" was added. Because even after all these years this is what I want my life to be about. you know what's in THIS name.
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