winslow-art“What a difficult matter it is to be in the world, and yet not to be of the world! Our Lord Himself carried out this principle. He passed through the world as one who was not of it. Oh, that we could but imitate His holy example, and aim only, while in it, so to let our light shine, that others may take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus, and have learned of Him. It should be our whole endeavor to do all the good we can in it and for it; and yet to set at nothing its spirit, its principles, and its maxims. How can a believer walk through this world safely and securely? Only as he is upheld by a strength that is Omnipotent! I am passing through a world lying in the wicked one. I belong to another kingdom, which is not of this world. Dear friend, see, then, your high calling! He has called you to come out of the world and to be separate; in principle, in practice, in heart. — Mary Winslow, Plymouth Colony {emphasis mine}

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Not that much needs to said after these insightful words of this 17th century woman other than to emphasize this gem of truth:

“He has called you to come out of the world and to be separate;

in principle,

in practice, and

in heart.”

Our biblical calling as women, wives, and mothers is not wearisome. It is the world’s expectations and rules (which dare I say, might include the visible church) that makes us weary.

Perhaps consider what separate in principle, in practice, and in heart looks like for you and your family in 2009.

 

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