Monday, April 2, 2012

Monthly Interview :: Mrs. Becky {Bethany's Mother}

{Mothers are among God's greatest gifts to girls/daughters. I have found this to be very true in my life, as I truly wouldn't be who I am today without my dear mother's constant guidance, training, knowledge, wisdom and love! In Titus 2 we are told that the older women are to train the younger women to be keepers at home. So today I've interviewed my mother asking her some practical questions on preparing to be a homemaker, since she is the greatest example of a godly wife and mother! I hope that you will enjoy and be blessed by it! As a side-note we are sorry for the lateness of this past months interview but we hope it will still be a blessing to you! ~Bethany}

{Mrs. Ward}
REFLECTIONS OF GRACE :: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and at what point in your life you got saved?

MRS. BECKY :: I have been married for 23 years to my husband, Mitch Ward. We met and  married in college and have six children. I am an only child. I always knew that I wanted to have children and stay at home with them. When I was little I had several babies that I would play with and I loved being a mamma. My parents divorced when I was 12, we moved from the country to the city. I'm so thankful that I live in the country now. My mother taught me to love the Lord with all my heart. I have always loved children and taught kindergarten for several years before I had my first child. I have home schooled our 6 children ever since they were schooling age. I am so grateful for the privileged to home school our children. Some of my favorite Bible verses regarding homeschooling are Deuteronomy 6:5-9 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates." My daughters and I have written Scripture verses in various places in our home including our chair rails, hall ways, and mantel.  Another of my favorite verses is Proverbs 9:10: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." 
I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 6, however I didn't fully understand what Christ did for me until age 16. I re-dedicated my life to the Lord and was baptized at a Bible church. I firmly believe that Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

REFLECTIONS OF GRACE :: What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned through being a wife and mother?

MRS. BECKY :: The biggest lesson I have learned through being a wife and mother is that of sacrifice. The sacrifice of time, preferences, etc. I thought homeschooling was mostly about schooling our children at home to teach them God's Word. I now realize that the homeschooling life style is more about our relationships with Christ and each other as a family. I consider it a sacred privileged to be married and have a family. There is no higher calling for a woman to be a wife and mother. The influence that we as wives and mothers have on our husbands and families is crucial. Our influence can be used for good or bad. My hope is to create a home and family life for my husband and children that will bless them, and future generations to come. 

REFLECTIONS OF GRACE :: What are things you wish you would have prepared more for when you were younger in regard to being a wife and mother?

MRS BECKY :: Cooking. Time management. Diligence. I had to learn the hard way. I learned to use the crock pot when I was 36 with a nursing baby, and three small children. You get the picture.

REFLECTIONS OF GRACE :: Why do you think its important to prepare for wife and motherhood?

MRS BECKY :: Because it's the most important job in the world. If done God's way, it is a great testament  of God's purpose for the family to bring glory and honor to Christ. Titus 2:3-5 tells us: "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."  I would not want to be guilty of discrediting God's Word. 

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this Bethany! Also thank you Mrs. Ward for sharing w/ us younger girls. What a blessing for you to write to help us girls!
Emily J.

Eden said...

Lovely family!