Hello beautiful people!
I am so excited! Homemaking has always been in my heart and only today I realized that this blog and all I am putting into practice in my everyday life, is homemaking. I have known that that was my intention but I didn’t see this blog as that per say. As a woman in Christ I strive and hope to be everything God has called me to be as a woman and to do it well. I love Proverbs 31, it’s such a beautiful encapsulation of a Godly woman. Some YouTube discussions I have watched on Godly women and relationships, shares that a lot of women are intimidated by the passage. However, when I look on women I know in the christian community, I see exactly those women. Also, they are older women who have been moving along with God in their lives and wouldn’t be where they are today without Him. Listening to the wisdom and life struggles and triumphs from older Mothers and wives, is where you see how God works in the world of women and men and how He build both sexes to be a team.
You see the beauty in the process and the growth of becoming a Proverbs 31 woman and I don’t mind waiting until I am older to become just that because God is all about the journey and I love surprises. Furthermore, we already are those women, it’s just waiting to meet the seasons in life were we learn to cultivate and enjoy each process and learning God amongst it all. Please know you do not have to be married in order to become a Proverbs 31 woman! God is our ultimate husband and if you are called to singleness, then know you can flourish just as well (and I think better) as a Proverbs 31 woman. Their is no distinction, because the woman described in Proverbs 31, is about the heart of a woman in God. A selfless Princess, who flourishes and brings her strength to all she does and helps anyone she can along the way. I definitely want to become the woman who God has called me to be! It’s interesting women are intimidated by this passage when a Mother herself made the list. If a Mother says, all women can do!
Something I think a lot of Christians miss is the beginning of Proverbs 31, King Lemuel’s Mother teaches him what it means to be a King, a man of God and then she describes a Godly woman, his Queen, his equal. A lot of pressure is put on women in the church but I think it’s time we see that the responsibility is equal on both men and women to use their gifts, strengths and callings to work as a united team, a royal family that God has called us to be.
“The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
The Virtuous Wife
10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.”
– Proverbs 31
Anyway, all I was planning on sharing in this post was that I MADE BUTTER for the first time ever!!! Hahaha! And the link between homemaking and butter came from Mrs. Midwest. A beautiful woman of God who is cultivating the life of a homemaker and encouraging those with the same heart. Furthermore, showing love and acceptance to those who may find other lifestyles better suited to them. Mrs. Midwest is another blog, which I will link below and she also has a YouTube channel that she posts vlogs on regularly too. Today I watched her share how to make butter and it spurred me up enough to finally give it a go! And I did! Mum and I have talked about it off and on, and now I can finally say “I’ve made butter”. Some how saying that makes me feel like I’ve “made it”. I’ve completed the test of producing the source that keeps the heart of the home beating. Saying “I’ve made butter” is like tasting triumph on your lips and when you tell others they look at you with awe and honour. “You’ve made butter!?” “Yes.” I reply proud with my posture as tall as a cows back and chin up far enough to count a whole herd “Why yes. I have.” Now to only have that conversation and mull over it for centuries to come… *leaning chin on palm of hand, looking into the distant future. Imagining telling my children about how I, their Mother, made butter for the first time*.
So, here it is in images because you can’t not have evidence of such regal success.
And of course the method, whipping cream, heavy whipping cream or thickened cream you choose.
Pour the cream into a mixing bowl and either use a hand held mixer or lazy mixer (not hand held but done all by machine) like me and whip away until the butter separates from the milk.
You will see the butter form clusters and become kind of gross looking, like tofu and then as you keep mixing you see the milk spurt out like the first fresh squirt of the cows utter early in the morning.
Then as you see it separating more, stop.
Pour out the butter milk into a milk jug and scoop the butter into a cheese cloth to squeeze the excess milk out into the jug.
Place the butter into a container and leave in fridge to harden a little. I didn’t have a cheese cloth so I used the spatula to squeeze the butter on the sides of the mixing bowl so the milk trickled down the edge into the bottom of the bowl.
Also, the colour of the butter in the images IS the legit colour! No saturation, vibrance or extreme contrast. Simply light adjustments, a little contrast for the timber and clarity for the timber as well.
ENJOY! God Bless.
Links to Mrs. Midwest: