Let’s make homemaking great again
So this title is a little misleading: Homemaking doesn’t need to be made great again. Homemaking is already great because it is a task appointed unto us by God Himself. It’s part of our duties as women, given to us by the Lord. Homemaking isn’t boring or trivial; rather, homemaking is a task given to us by God Himself and because of that, it is glorious.
“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.”~ Thomas Wolfe
It is both a woman’s duty and her glory to care for a husband and children. Repairing torn clothing, picking up socks, making meals, snacks, or sandwiches, cleaning dirty noses and bottoms, and bringing order out of disorder is but part of the duties of the homemaker. She pours out her love, is there to wake up her family and bid them goodnight at the end of the day, to pray for her family and to teach her children to pray. She laughs at their stories and tells them her own. She teaches algebra, digs up worms with her boys, and sets out a tea table with her girls. Following her husband’s vision for their home, she makes the home that he can be proud to lead. A godly homemaker does all of this and more for the glory of God.
She’s a wife, mama, and keeper of the home. She keeps not only the home but the family therein.
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. Neither do children or husbands. People get old and die. Children grow up and marry and move away. What you have today–a crying baby, messy house, husband dropping his clothes at the end of a long day’s work, a sink full of dirty dishes, trash can overflowing, toys on the floor, and clothes to wash are not what you will have a few tomorrows from now. Life is a vapor. Everything will change. The baby you hold today will be the woman you marry off tomorrow. Time will pass faster than a new mom dealing with middle of the night feedings can imagine.
The struggles and hassles, the mess, craziness, difficulties, and fun are all part of making a family, part of making a life. It’s a gift from the Lord to you. It’s a glory and an honor to care for the family you’ve been given. Enjoy it while you can, even on the messiest of days.
“The career of motherhood and homemaking is beyond value and needs no justification. Its importance is incalculable.”~ Katherine Short
Soli Deo Gloria!