This month for the Gabby Moms program with Eternal Encouragement Magazine I was given the high privilege to review Lorrie Flem's Colorado Pack. I have to say a big WOW!!! Every single one of the audios in that pack really and truly spoke to me. I will not be able to even tell you half or even a quarter of what spoke to my heart when I listened to these audios. If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know our family went through extended years of struggle and the roles in our family became reversed due to the seizure disorder that formerly plagued my husband. His cognitive function had deteriorated to the point that he could no longer function in his role in our family. So I ended up taking on most of his role. After brain surgery and the seizures stopped his brain began to heal. He started making new neuropathways and eventually was able to function in his role again. I say again, but really for the first time in our marriage as we discovered that he never truly recovered all his cognitive function from as far back as seizures that occurred when he was 18 months old. So it was time for me stepping back to allow him to function as head of our home or priest of our home for the first time. It was even further complicated by the fact that I did not even know what it meant to be a submissive wife or what it looked like when a husband was the head or priest of the home. In the home I grew up in my mom did not respect my dad and I was encouraged to pursue anything but being a submissive wife. However, God's Word is clear that I am to let my husband be the spiritual leader of our home. The fact that I had not been raised that way did not excuse me from this biblical command on my life as a wife. So feeling a little lost I have spent the last couple of years trying to figure out what exactly my role is supposed to be. It has not been as easy as I thought it would be as some of the descriptions in God's Word have not seemed clear to me. For example according to Titus 2 I am supposed to be a "keeper of the home". What exactly does that mean!?! The Bible is clear that I am supposed to submit to my husband, but what does it mean to submit to my husband!?! I do not doubt that I am to do those things and for some these seem so clear, but to me they just weren't. When I would ask I would get vague answers which only further frustrated me.
Then along came Gabby Moms. My friend thought I could gain a lot for being a Gabby Mom and she was right. I am growing so much and finding some answers to my questions and some direction to get me started. That is what happened in the Colorado Pack when I was listening to the audios. I had to stop and cry sometimes. Those tears were sometimes tears of relief when something I had sensed was right, but been told was wrong ended up being right. Then other times when I would see how much I had blown it and there would be tears of repentance. I had needed some help with rightly putting together Scripture. If you are a woman who has experienced some of the same confusion I have then I would really recommend The Colorado Pack.
I think the session that impacted me most was the session titled Keys to a Queenly Castle. In this session Lorrie talks about the Proverbs 31 woman (someone I have been studying a lot lately). Then she quoted from 1 Kings 17:17 where it mentions that the woman is "mistress of the house". I decided that I wanted a clearer understanding concerning the word mistress because honestly a not very good picture was coming to my mind. So I pulled out the dictionary. It defined mistress as "a woman who has power, authority, or ownership". In other words a woman is to have authority over her home. She has dominion over it. Then as I was studying Proverbs 31:11 the KJV says, "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her so that he shall have no need of spoil." Then Lorrie said in another place during this session that a husband and wife are co-heirs of grace and each of us has a different role in our inheritance. All of a sudden a light went on in my head. As a wife I am to take ownership and rule over my home so that my husband does not have to even have one hint of concern for our home as he knows it is in my capable hands. This realization has brought freedom, vision, and a sense of urgency about my job. I started to see that God has truly good things for our family, but in order for them to happen I need to own my role and work hard at it. My husband, my children, society, and I will all be blessed if I do.
If you are a feminist you will not enjoy The Colorado Pack, but if you are a woman striving to glorify God in your home, marriage, and family then The Colorado Pack would greatly encourage you. This bundle and many other products that would be of great benefit in your journey as wife and mother can be found at the Eternal Encouragement website.
Note: I received The Colorado Pack as an official member of the Gabby Moms blogging program in exchange for my honest review.