Homemaking isn’t about cleaning up
Homemaking isn’t really about keeping a house; it’s about making a home.
When I was a young mother, I had this poem by Ruth Hamilton hanging on my wall that said “Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow-babies grow we’ve learned to our sorrow-so quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep-I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”
Babies really don’t keep. Families don’t last forever. People get old and die. Children grow up and marry and move away. What you have today–a messy house, a husband dropping his clothes, a sink full of dirty dishes, trash can overflowing, toys on the floor, and clothes to wash are not what you will have tomorrow–a quiet, clean, empty house. Enjoy the hassles, the mess, and the fun craziness while you can.
Homemaking to the glory of God
Titus 2: 3-5, 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
In Titus 2, we’re told that God has appointed older, godly, women to lovingly train–by investing time, prayer, teaching, and efforts–into younger women, training them to grow in godliness (self-control, pure, kind), to love and be submissive to their husbands, to love their children, and to be workers at their homes. The reason, we are told, is so that “the word of God may not be reviled.”
We’re called to be keepers of our homes, sisters, because God appointed us to be just that and through our obedience we bring Him glory.
Feminists, and most of the church, hates this.
We’ve forgotten what it means to be the church
We live in an age when much of the church has forgotten what it means to be the church. Our lives are meant to be a reflection of our Master. He is holy and we are to be holy but, in the dark, modern, times holiness is the last thing much of the church strives for. That’s because much of we call the church actually isn’t.
Our lack of holiness is proof that we no longer fear God. If we did fear Him, we’d do all that we could to honor and obey Him. Our lack of obedience in being women who are home-centered (and all that that implies) is rooted in our lack of fear of Him. We do not honor the Lord and thus we do not honor His Word.
Sisters, the church has failed to stand for truth for far too long. It is past time for us to be back to fearing and obeying the Lord. No matter what the liberal and the feminist-influenced church has told us, God calls us to be a help-meet for our husband, to have and raise children who honor and obey Him, and to keep our home–that is make a home–out of love for Him and our family.
Homemaking and the next generation
Sisters, it’s time we make homemaking great again. Homemaking isn’t just about the dishes and the diapers but those things are a part of it–and an important part. We do what we do because we love our family and because we are seeking to honor and obey God.
Sisters, let us devote ourselves to serving our husbands and children, to mastering the domestic arts, to serving and loving the church and our neighbors through our efforts, and let us do it all for the glory of the Lord.
By our examples, and through our teachings, we can directly influence the next generation of women. If we do our jobs now, we’ll make their jobs so much easier. Now is the time to fight to regain what once was lost.
So let’s get busy. Let’s cook and clean, honor our husbands, love our children, and make being keepers of our home the glorious calling it is meant to be.
Soli Deo Gloria!