I think we can all agree that sometimes we can get caught up in the acts of homemaking, the routine of it and forget the reasons we do it and the blessings that come from it. But there is joy in homemaking, friends!
Let’s face it, no matter how organized we are, how well we follow schedules and stay on track there will always be dirty laundry, there will always be dishes to do and spills to clean up. But, homemaking is more than just cleaning and organizing. It’s more than just cooking and chores. It’s loving your family. It’s creating an environment where people feel welcome and safe.
Whether you have kids or not, whether you work in the home, outside the home or you’re a stay at home mom we are all called to be good homemakers. My number one homemaking rule comes from a wise woman who spoke these wordes, “if you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” – Mother Theresa
Homemaking begins with love, y’all.
It’s about loving your tribe no matter how big or small, if your actions are done out of love you will be a blessing to those around you and in turn be blessed. And it won’t feel insignificant or meaningless. I’ve had those days (probably more than I’d like to admit) where I wonder why am I even doing this. Why does this even matter. No one notices. I clean the floors and not 5 minutes later there are more crumbs. But your work does matter and it doesn’t go unnoticed. You are planting seeds into the hearts and minds of your children. You are blessing your husband. And the Lord sees you. Remember sweet friends you are not alone and praise the Lord you are not enough. The Lord is enough. On those hard days remember you don’t have to carry the weight alone. Give it to God and let Him lead you.
“Purpose is found in those quiet moments when no one but God sees the work of your hands.” Darlene Schacht
Now I certainly don’t believe that all the weight should be on the woman, especially in our current age where many women work outside the home. My husband will often pitch in when I need him to and I’m definitely teaching my children the importance of helping and being selfsificiant. But in the end I feel that as a wife and mother its primarily my duty to take on the role of homemaker.
Because being a maker of the home is not always easy, maybe even not always fun, haha. I try to start my day with some prayer time, even something as simple as “Lord let me shine your light to my family, friends, the lady at the grocery store. Let me be thankful in all circumstances and be reminded that I was created for such a time as this. Let me be patient with my children. Let me be responsible with the new day you’ve given me, most importantly Lord help me to be more like
You.” Starting my day positively with prayer and scripture sets the tone for the rest of my day. I can truthfully say if I skip this my attitude can get sour pretty quickly and my day is often filled with disappointment.
I want to encourage you, friends, when you’re scrubbing those toilets and showers remember you have working plumbing. You have clean water to bathe in and drink. When you’re up to your knees (or necks) in laundry be reminded of those precious children running, playing, laughing in those clothes. When you’re teaching and guiding your children think of the seeds you are sowing. You are faithfully investing in their lives. Be reminded that being their Mama is so so special and so so important. When you feel like you will never see an empty sink again be thankful that you’re able to make home cooked meals for your family and friends. Each act of service. Each task done out of love is blessing each person living or being welcomed into your home. I’m writing these words for me too because I need these reminders on the daily, haha. And please remember that what your family needs most is a wife and Mama who shines the light of Jesus into the home. Don’t pour from an empty cup. Take time for yourself each day so that you can be prepared for the tasks at hand.
If we are in Christ than everything we do not only has value here on earth but also has value for eternity. – Sarah Mae (marthahomemaryway.com)
Happy Homemaking Friends, Blessings!