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Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition is here! It has all the cozy Fall feels along with the encouragement, refreshment and inspiration to build up every mom as they do the important work of raising their children in the faith. If you missed the previous issue: Freedom Edition, where we talk about freedom from fear in motherhood, freedom from un-forgiveness, physical health, body image, and more, you can grab your copy here!
Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition
A Letter from Emily
What do you think of when you think of Fall? No doubt chilly evenings, scented candles, deep colors and steaming apple cider are somewhere on your list. For me, it’s the smell of Fall. The smell of the cool breeze and the afternoon sun on a September day, sharing the last of its warmth with the fading wildflowers of summer. The smell of the troves of fallen leaves scattered on the damp floor of the woods lining the horse pasture growing up. The smell of snow in the air and frost covered branches; of furry horses growing their winter coats and the smell of entering the kitchen after evening chores to be greeted by the savory warmth of a home cooked pot roast.
The reason I love fall is because after a busy summer of outdoors, sunshine and late nights, Fall calls us home again- and not in a “ok, time’s up, fun’s over” kind of way. Fall steals the show with the promise of fresh adventure, new scenery, and a much needed change of pace. It beckons us slowly back into the walls of our home, which are now filled with festive decor, cozy blankets, and apple cinnamon treats.
The reason I chose home for the theme of this Good Stewards Magazine is not only because of the homeyness of the season, but also because as moms, our home is of even more significance for us. In the last Good Stewards Magazine, the Freedom Edition, I wrote an article about Freedom from Fear in Motherhood. I talked about how we, as mothers, are the gatekeepers to our homes. Satan is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to destroy. He wants your children, your marriage, and your family: and he knows you are the most effective way to get to them.
The Significance of Your Home
I have a sign in my living room that says “The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home.” Mamas- it is within the walls of our homes that our children will be shaped into who they are going to be. Our home is a school, teaching our children their most important lessons, namely who God is and what an authentic life of following Him looks like. Our home is an intensive care unit, healing and rejuvenating them before they are sent back out into an unkind world. Our home is a training ground, preparing them for everything they will have to face in their futures. Our home is a secure place where they can be loved and built up so they have confidence in themselves, even when the world is tearing them down. Our home is a place of refuge, comfort, peace, and growth. And amidst it all, our home is a war zone, where the battles over the souls of its inhabitants are taking place.
Never underestimate the power of the words said or not said, the attitudes, the values, and the activities that take place within our homes. Never underestimate the value of YOU- the mother, teacher, nurturer, gatekeeper, and warrior. That’s what this magazine edition is all about. Lifting YOU up in the midst of such important life work. As you read through the pages, I pray you find rest, comfort, encouragement, and inspiration. I pray you are built up and even better equipped to continue your motherhood journey in faith and courage. I pray you close this magazine with a renewed sense of pride and devotion to your most amazing and important calling.
The legacy you will build through your family is more than you can ever imagine. Let’s start building it for the Lord together, and let this renewed commitment start right where you are at this very moment, reading this Good Stewards Magazine: Home Edition!