Home is where Hearts are Shaped for Eternity
I washed the dishes with a huff and a sigh, feeling grumpy and anxious about all the other (more important) things I needed to do.
The look on my face must have given me away because my husband asked, “Do you even like being a homemaker?”
My heart sank.
I felt crushed. But it was obvious that my displeasure had been clearly visible for quite some time.
The sad part was, I did like being a homemaker, but had fallen into the trap of busy and piled so much on my plate that I no longer found much joy in anything, only stress and worry.
Preparing meals had become an after thought and inconvenience; why did people have to get hungry?!
Cleaning was something that also made me crazy. I had deadlines to meet!
If the kid’s bedtime dragged on too long I began to feel antsy.
There was just so much to do and not enough time to do it.
My husband’s question was a wake up call of sorts. I began to reflect on how I was spending my time, and more importantly, how I was thinking.
I’d forgotten that homemaking is holy and that home is a mission field.
Besides weeding out the things that were keeping me unnecessarily busy, I needed to renew the view I had of myself as a homemaker. The tasks at hand in this time of life were of no less value than those trekking across the world as missionaries.
Homemaking is holy.
Every dish washed is an act of service to God and to our family.
Our daily sacrifice of self is a fragrant aroma, pleasing to the Lord.
Home is where hearts are shaped for eternity and a dedicated mother can change the world.
The homemaker who focuses on cultivating a warm and loving place for her family, is not only raising future generations, but impacting those around her. The love and faithfulness she has for her family shines a light for Christ.
So, why am I telling you this embarrassing story?
I’m telling you because I want to remind you of the value of homemaking. If you’re finding that homemaking is merely a back seat project in your life and really more of an annoyance than anything, perhaps it’s time to rethink things a little.
I’m not suggesting you do everything yourself or that you can only cook and clean all day long, I just want to encourage you to make room for homemaking. View your position as a homemaker as the valuable role it is.
Elevate homemaking to it’s rightful place, a holy place, an act of worship and obedience.
Give yourself to homemaking and it just might bring you the joy and satisfaction you’ve been seeking.
This guest post is written by Stacy. She is the wife of a preacher and homeschool mom of three kids. She blogs at A Delightful Home where she shares tips on natural living with God at the center.