Since home cooking was quickly becoming a lost art, food preparation was an important part of our homeschooling. Although gourmet delights were appreciated, what our family enjoyed eating most were old-fashioned meals prepared with organic, farm-fresh meats, vegetables, and grains. Recipes for this type of cooking, however, weren't found in commercial cookbooks. Rather, these recipes came from the godly women who shared their culinary skills in the church cookbook. Gleaning from their expertise, we baked cakes, breads, and pies from scratch and learned the resourcefulness of using our garden's bounty for casseroles, soups, and salads.

In addition to helpful and healthy recipes, these wonderful cookbooks also held small nuggets of seasoned advice from gray-haired grandmas. Like Solomon's proverbs, these insightful sayings were sprinkled throughout the pages, giving my children and me food for thought as we cooked. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Church members are either pillars or caterpillars. The pillars hold up the church, while the caterpillars just crawl in and out."

"If you want to be original, be yourself. God never made two people exactly alike."

"Love isn't blind. It just doesn't tell all it sees."

"A gossiper is like an old shoe — its tongue never stays in place."

"Food without seasoning is like talk without reasoning."

"Work is the yeast that raises the dough."

Whether it's cooking, cleaning, or homeschooling children, a younger woman needs the experienced knowledge an older woman provides. However, you have to be willing to share the recipes God has taught you. If you're a seasoned homeschool mom, is there someone whom you can bless with the many things the Lord has taught you? "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children" (Titus 2:3-4).

Lord, thank You for the women you've placed in my life to help me raise my family and care for my home. Use me now to be a blessing, so others might be encouraged to follow You as they homeschool. In the name of Jesus, Amen.