How is religion perceived in Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House" and Taylor's "Housewifery?"

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To me, these poems show a form of religion in which people give themselves up completely to God.  They believe that God has complete control of their lives and they are trying to submit to his will in all things.

In Bradstreet's poem, we see this in her reaction to what has happened to her house.  She first praises God because what he did must be right.  Then she feels sad about it for a bit. However, she recovers and reminds herself to trust in God.

In Taylor's poem, he is asking God to control his life as completely as a housewife controls her spinning wheel and her loom.

In both cases, the speakers believe that they need to give themselves up to the will of God.