A woman who is a homemaker can feel overwhelmed with the length of her tasks which might include:
- Meal prep
- Dishes to wash
- Rooms to clean
- Groceries to buy
- Calls to make
- Preparations for things upcoming
Those tasks are on repeat. They come each day and have to be repeated again and again. It’s easy to feel unimportant and overlooked. A woman can also feel overwhelmed with all that is on her shoulders.
So what’s a woman to do? A guiding biblical principle is obey right now what you know you to do. Being obedient will bring blessing from the Lord (Prov 8:34, 35). Stopping to read God’s Word might seem to others to be counter-intuitive, but the Lord will use His Word to direct you, give you guidance and peace.
Just this week on a very busy day, I had the churning feeling of wondering how it would all get done. God directed me to Proverbs 22:29
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean (obscure) men.
It was a reminder to me of a man like Joseph, in the book of Genesis, who worked so diligently that he was promoted more than once! He was noticed and appreciated. He was a real testimony to unbelievers, simply by his work ethic! Though we have no kings to stand before, it’s a reminder that our work is a testimony to our God. Who is the One who does the promoting, the noticing? It is our Heavenly Father.
If our business takes us to a job, that’s fine and good and we must give it our best. But it’s no less a calling to have your “business” at home as a wife and/or mom. That is a high and lofty calling. Do your business to your best ability! Don’t whittle away time doing useless, time-wasting things. Sometimes when a person feels overwhelmed, they just give up before they ever get started. Use your day carefully, going from one task to the next.
The blessing of being faithful may come from those you serve in your home, and it might not, but it will come ultimately from the One who gave you that place in which to serve. He sees you, even as He saw Joseph down in the prison cell. He notices. He promotes. Today you may just be the Queen of the Laundry, but be diligent in your business as you do it to the King of Kings. Your “Well Done!” from Him will make it worth it all!