I’m the kind of person who needs a picture drawn in order to understand things better. Anyone else like that? Being a homemaker is drawn out so well in God’s Word, and it reveals that it’s more about who we are than what we do. It can seem overwhelming, but it’s really not as hard as we make it.
As a follow-up on my post on Wednesday about weaving a tapestry of beauty in our home, I”d like to offer two suggestions that will help us know how to implement those truths in God’s Word. My suggestions are regarding the list of “I will’s” that Elizabeth wrote in her book (A Woman After God’s Own Heart). My suggestions are given with a desire for all of us to implement these disciplines into our daily lives. How can we do that?
- Tell your husband/family your resolve to follow these suggestions. I don’t mean to stand in front of him/them and read the list (that’s a funny mental picture!), but get these truths in your heart. At an appropriate time, declare to him/them one of these points. Here’s an example from my own life and how I recently did this.
We had just experienced a difficult person who was critical and unkind. I looked at my husband and said, “I will be predictively happy. I want to be a woman of grace.”
Tell him your desire to be God’s woman, and in doing so, you’ll also be reminding yourself.
Here’s another way you could approach this – School is getting ready to start, so you could have a nice breakfast ready for your children on that first day of school and say, “I am praying that we can do this together each school day! I love spending time with you before the day gets busy.”
- Print off the list of “I will’s” and post it in a place where you can read it often. We read something like this and get convicted, then merrily go on our way, forgetting all about it in a day or two. Let’s be pro-active and help ourselves remember and also implement these principles by reading them, praying about them and keeping them fresh in our hearts.
You can download a printable PDF of this list here.
Who’s in? Are you going to declare to your husband and family that “You will?” I hope so! I also would love to know that you printed off the PDF. This is what it takes to be intentional, friends. Let’s do it!
You can also help your home by being under sound preaching this weekend and enjoying the fellowship found there. I can’t wait to participate in my church! Have a great weekend!
7 thoughts on “The “I Will’s” of Homemaking”
I am printing my list off. I always need something in front of me to be a reminder of what I have to do. Thank you so much for sharing.
Yay! I trust it will encourage you in your role as homemaker!
To that beautiful list, I would add “I will go to bed by _____p.m.” because otherwise I am so stressed and exhausted trying to do the other ideas! It’s such a temptation for me to catch up on *everything* after my kids go to bed, but it’s killing me. 😫
Catherine, sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is rest. Remember that you are in a different season and your list may look a little different than someone else’s would. Just do the next right thing that God leads you to do. 💕
That perspective helps so much! Thank you, Denise!
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Printed! Thank you!
I pray it will encourage you in your role as a homemaker!