I was blessed to have a mother who was home most all of my growing up years. I remember her presence in our home and what a warmth and security it created for me. When she wasn’t there, things just weren’t right. She created the cozy atmosphere, set the tone, kept things running smoothly and made it lovely.
A woman that has to work outside the home can do all those things; it will just take much more energy and effort. Some who ARE home struggle with loving it. It seems more like a cruel taskmaster that is breathing down their necks. Indeed, there is always something that needs our attention! But how do we deal with those responsibilities with joy, rather than dread?
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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,
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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?
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If you’ve ever done cross stitch, or embroidery you know that to create anything that turns into something beautiful takes planning. It takes time. It takes instruction. It takes intentionality. So when we think about weaving a tapestry in our home, we know that none of these steps can be avoided. The ultimate Guide is God’s Word. He tells us what it should look like. Then it’s up to us to take the needle in hand, and begin the tedious day-to-day work that is necessary.
Let’s look into God’s Word to get more instruction. Titus 2 says
“Admonish the young women to be homemakers. (Verse 5)
If that word brings to mind the dull, boring task of mundane chores, I ask you to read carefully and let your heart be encouraged about this important role.
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A wise woman knows that building her home has many faces.
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- When she stopped to play baseball with the children in the backyard, she was building into the life of her child.
- When she spent time scouring the pantry and freezer, then made a menu for the week using those items, she was building her family.
- When she took time to organize the closets,, she was building her home.
- When she left that little note on her husband’s pillow, she was building her marriage.