I have never built a home, yet I am a home builder. That doesn’t make sense? It’s true! As a matter of fact, if you live in a home with at least one other person, you are a home-builder, too.
Every wise woman builds her house,
but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.
That verse reminds us that we are either building up or tearing down.
Recently I have had a couple of conversations about what is expected as far as the condition of our homes. Women have wondered,
“Does it really matter that my home is a mess?”
“How clean and orderly does a home really need to be?
The first place we run to for answers to these questions and for our building instructions is the Giver of the home…our loving God!
Titus 2 tells us…
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home,
Wise home-building ALL starts with the condition of our heart. The verse above said, The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness. That simply means our behavior should mirror sacred character. You and I as home-builders should reflect the character of our God. That means…
- We must spend time with the Lord in His Word so we will know Him. We must spend more time with Him than we do the world’s influence!
- We must spend time in prayer so we will have the same heart for our home that He has for it! As we pray for those in our home, God can give us insight and wisdom about their needs that we would never understand otherwise.
- We must have a heart of praise to the Giver of the home. Yes, praise Him for the laundry, the spilled milk and yet another meal we have to prepare. Let’s put it this way,
We should praise God for Maytag, messes and meals!
They all are from the Lord and He only gives good gifts!
It’s then that we build under God’s influence and guidance and we truly have a right heart for the home He has given us. Otherwise we will be confused by all the ideas the world shouts in our ears.
So my fellow home builders, make sure your heart is in the right place. Have a heart for your home. If you’re struggling with that, tell the Lord. Ask Him to give you His heart for this ministry. He will. His Word reminds us…
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1
You won’t be building and working with empty results! You’re going to see progress and blessing – yes, even with your Maytag, messes and meals!
If you could ask an older woman for help in one area of your home, where would it be?
Refresh your heart about your home-building!