After being away from home for over half of the month of October, my heart and feet have been very happy to be back in my residence! I am very much a home-body, loving everything about home life. I think I’ve learned to appreciate it even more after so much absence. As I have “dug my heels” into the necessary chores and responsibilities of running a home, I’ve thanked the Lord for His gift of home, and for the blessing of being a homemaker. When our girls were young, at one time, my husband worked three jobs so I could stay home and care for our family. What a sacrifice! For many years, I have said to my husband,
“I appreciate you working incredibly hard so that I could stay home.”
You might wonder why an older woman would still desire to stay home after the children are gone? It isn’t laziness that keeps me here, it’s the realization that there’s so much to do!
- My husband’s needs
- Our clothing/laundry
- Our food and meals
- Our house and yard
- The ministry of people, inviting them in, reaching out, caring and connecting.
- Church roles and ministries
Maybe you’re not a homebody like I am, but you find yourself in this role and in this place called home. How can you turn your heart towards loving this calling as a homemaker? Here are several suggestions for you:
- Pray and ask God to give you a heart for your home. He is the Creator of home, and He can certainly change the way you think about this responsibility.
- Look up verses on the home. Psalm 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. Proverbs 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Memorize and meditate on passages of Scripture like these. God’s Word changes our heart!
- Follow a few women on Instagram or their blog (like this one!) who inspire you in your role as homemaker. See how they spend their time. Look for things that you could incorporate into your home and routine that would make your work more interesting and more productive. I love Jesthepilgrim on Instagram. She shares her homemaking days and activities and the joy of doing so. I also love following Joyfilleddays on Instagram and also her blog.
If you are a woman who has to work, and wishes she could be home, this post is not to shame you, but to encourage you. I realize some women have NO CHOICE and HAVE to go to work. If you long to be home, I encourage you to make it a matter of prayer. I have shared in the past that when Whitney was four, I took a teaching position, because it seemed like it would help with our tight budget. I learned many good lessons that year, and one was to have a heart for women who had to work outside the home. Whew! That is a hard task!
The point of today’s post is to help those who are at home and wish they weren’t. Find joy in where you are. Find contentment on your knees as you pray about your role. God has you there for a reason.
You can also do practical things to help your homemaking life be more fulfilling and satisfactory. I’ll share more of that next Friday, so check back then!
In the meantime, tell me,
What is the most difficult thing about homemaking for you?
What is the greatest blessing of homemaking?
Let’s refresh our heart for home,