Originally I thought about posting all kinds of homemaking how-to’s. But there are already a lot of great blogs out there where you can find this information. I’m going to list some of them every Friday for you. The more I thought about this series and prayed about it, the more I felt like I should emphasize who we are as women in His sight and mind – as a homemaker, housewife, stay at home woman – whatever we want to call ourselves.
This job has been maligned for years, since the 60s probably. I don’t know offhand the date – but that’s close enough. And yes, it is a job. You may not get a paycheck every two weeks, but you’re going to work your hiney off anyway! This is a labor of love, storing up treasure in Heaven.
Okay, this is supposed to be follow-up to vs. 10. This is how I ended my post on Monday –
A woman who is a homemaker is wise, strong, efficient, wealthy, disciplined and trained.
Those are the things we gleaned from vs. 10 last week. This is only the first verse in Bathsheba’s list of attributes and already I feel better about what I do. If you feel lacking in any of those areas, ask God to teach you, ask Him to show you where you lack and where you are full. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.We must be wise in teaching our children. We must be wise in being a wife. Wisdom comes from His Word. If you need wisdom, ask and He will give it to you. If you need wisdom, read His Word.” James 1:5
We must be strong. Not always in physical strength, but in living out our convictions. You cannot let a child win an argument! Especially if you have more than one child. Let your No be No and your Yes be Yes. “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37
We should be efficient in order to be a good steward of His gifts.
We are wealthy in Love if nothing else. Some of us are also wealthy in fabric, and crafts of all kinds 🙂
We need to be disciplined. Oh help me, Lord! I am not very disciplined. I need to open my ears to hear His voice and obey. I can say it’s not so hard to be disciplined – it’s just doing or not doing something. The problem is, many of us – me included – have those reversed. Not doing what we should, and doing what we shouldn’t. “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” I Corinthians 9:27 (look this one up and read vs 24 – 27)
We do need training. Nobody is born knowing how to iron a shirt, or teach a child to obey, or grow tomato’s or fix dinner – okay, that list is long enough. As our children grow up we need to teach them how to do these things. A 3 yr old can fold washcloths. Maybe not as good as you can, but we should not fix his efforts. Let him be proud of his accomplishment. At this age, they always want to help – let them help! This phase will pass. “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.” Psalm 143:10 (The Psalms and The Proverbs have many awesome verses on teaching. This is just one of them.)
Let’s remember that God created us with a desire to create a home, raise children and serve Him from our home, and this is an honorable occupation. “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things, that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5
Recommended blogs on homemaking:
All three of these blogs have substantial Homemaking sections with how-to’s like crazy. Take a look at them and see if one or more seems a good fit for you.
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!