**Please note: I understand that not all women are able to stay home full-time, whether you’re a single mom, financially burdened or your spouse cannot work. There are those of you who don’t have a choice. But for those of you who do, please read this article carefully.**
In today’s culture of feminism, and woman power, one job that often gets overlooked and laughed at is homemaking. The first job that women ever had, and the job that we held for the longest time. For thousands of years, from the beginning of time, the Lord has appointed women to look over their homes and care for the occupants of said home. It wasn’t until recent history that women left the home for a job at all. There was no need for women to leave the home then; and in my opinion, there still isn’t.
Being a homemaker is one of the most revered jobs that we, as women, could be appointed with.
Titus 2:4-5 says And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Proverbs 14:1 says the wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
By staying home, and taking care of the family that God has blessed you with, you are one step closer to doing the will of God, and glorifying Him through your work. But when you are home, and cleaning and dusting, are you really doing a good job? Are you doing it because you want to? Or are you doing it out of necessity?
When you gave God your heart, when you became saved, you knew you would not do all things perfectly as Jesus did, but the big thing is that you could try. When you read the word of the Lord, and you understand its meaning, do you follow the advice or the rules that the Bible sets for you? Or do you say “What a nice story,” and go on with your day.
The Bible is clear on the matter, once you know what the will of God is, you are to do it. It is that simple.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. -Colossians 3:17
You would not read the word and what it says about worshiping other gods, and then go right out and worship them. Would you? So why would it be any different with homemaking?
Instead of going through your daily routine just for the sake of it, why not dedicate your homemaking routine to the Lord? How do you do that, you ask? Here’s a few ideas for you:
1 | Be Joyful in Your Tasks
When you’re going through your day, cleaning and organizing your home, instead of grumbling and griping about all of the things you have to clean; why not instead thank the Lord for all the things you have? Because, in reality, the more things you have to clean, the more people you have to take care of just shows you how much the Lord has blessed you with.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. -Proverbs 17:22
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. -Proverbs 15:13
2 | Be Thorough in All You Do
When cleaning your home, do you “overlook” those messy corners, those dusty windows, and the seemingly small tasks? Do you say “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or, “It’s not a big deal?” Having a mindset and attitude like this will surely set you up for failure. Do not have a lazy spirit. Doing a thorough job in your household will please the Lord.
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. -Proverbs 10:4
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat. -Proverbs 13:4
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” -Proverbs 31:27
3 | Manage Your Tasks Wisely
By thinking through every detail of your home, whether it’s your schedule, your cleaning supplies, how you bring an income into the home, how you homeschool your children, or how you cook dinner. Using your time wisely in order to have the most time to spend on what’s important is another way to say thank you to the Lord.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. -Proverbs 31:13
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. -Proverbs 31:15-18
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. -Proverbs 31:21-22
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. -Proverbs 31:24
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. -Proverbs 31:26
By choosing to stay at home, and to do the will of God, you will become a blessing to your family, and you will begin to see so many more blessings in your life.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. -Proverbs 31:10-12
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. -Proverbs 31:28-31
It is not right for us to go against His will by working outside of the home, not only does it cause stress in the family but it causes strife and grief. Let joy come into your life by serving the Lord through homemaking. Be a blessing to your family and to the Lord through all that you do.
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