For the Glory of the Lord
It’s the final month of the year. As the year winds down and we head into the new year, I know for many it is the busiest time of all. So this month on R16:16 we want to share with you some ideas, tips and suggestions for busy wives and moms which might be helpful to you in your role as a keeper of the home. We want to help make your burden a little lighter and strengthen your resolve to stand firm in the roles He has placed you in. We see some of these roles detailed in Titus.
Titus 2:4-5 (KJV)
“that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Titus 2:4-5 (NKJV)
“that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
We see that the older women should teach the younger women to be sober, love their own husbands and children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers or homemakers good and obedient. Whew! That is quite a list isn’t it. But for what purpose are we to do these things?
Consider Your Ways
What are your reasons for maintaining a household that is kept tidy, neat or even perfectly clean?
Let’s look at some possible reasons:
- You want to ensure the safest/cleanest environment to your husband and children to help ensure their health and well-being.
- You are a neat-freak, a perfectionist, and you just have to have order around you at all times.
- You’re husband is like the above mentioned neat-freak.
- You want your home to look like the ones you see in those fancy home & family magazines, blogs and pinterest photos.
- Your friends might think less of you if you have dust on the shelves.
- You want everything to be in just the right place, at all times in case a friend stops by, or the UPS guy drops off a package.
- You are a family who entertains a lot, so whenever you have guests over you all jump right in and get it done making sure every nook, cranny and corner is clean and in order.
- You must be in control, and be a perfect homemaker because it is the role that God has assigned you and if you aren’t perfect in it, you are a failure.
- You need to be that mom that has it all together, so your kids friends will want to hang out at your house.
The reality is most of us don’t have the time or energy to keep a perfect house at all times. It’s not easy especially if we do it alone. We try, I know many women who try to keep it all just perfectly. But ladies, we are not perfect and when we try to be, we fail. Then we feel guilty about our failure and determine we will do it even better next week or next month or next year. Then the cycle repeats all over again.
We have missed the point. Yes, the Lord has given us the role of being keepers of the home. He has placed us in the role of wife, mother, and homemaker and we should be striving to do those things and to do them well. But the purpose isn’t to look like the fake pictures in a magazine, or to be the most popular mom or the best party thrower. The purpose should always be: “that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
When we stop trying because we are tired, overwhelmed or over stressed. When we lose it with our children because in their young-ness they forgot to take out the trash. When we snap at our husbands because he didn’t fold the towels right. When we get angry that the deacon asked us to host yet another youth devo. Then we are not glorifying the Father.
Our purpose is to honor him in obedience so that the Word of God be not blasphemed. These words, this list of roles, IS THE WORD OF GOD. If we shirk our responsibilities, if we seek to perform them for any other reason than His, then we do not obey His word and therefore, blaspheme the role He has designed for us.
Be sure to see Part II of Keeping the Home Tomorrow. May you be blessed in your God given roles.