A Year in Homemaking: Priorities {Week 17}

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Since we are doing the Year in Homemaking seriesI thought that I would write about some biblical basics for a Christian woman, married or single, regarding homemaking. What does the Word of God have to say about homemaking, and practically speaking, what can that look like?

Our priorities as Christian women begin with God, our disciplines — you knew I was going to say that didn’t you? And by the way, your children’s disciplines, reading the bible, praying, memorizing verses, and depending on how old they are, studying and journaling are your responsibility unless your husband wants to do bible with them. Everything else we do and how we do it should be determined by His words to us in the bible.

For a married woman our next priority is our husband, then our children, then our home because this is where we minister…yes, minister to them.  I colossians 3 23 imageshope that you see homemaking as a ministry because our first and foremost ministry is to our families (Titus 2:3-5). For a single woman, though her job should be her priority, her home should be a place that is pleasant to return to at the end of the day, a place that she can show love to her roommate (if she has one), and to entertain.

I had to learn to view homemaking as a job because it was too easy for me to begin to think, “I’ll get to that tomorrow.” My husband’s clothes weren’t washed and put away in time, the house wasn’t cleaned as it should have been, that sort of thing. I would never have done that as an employee. I had to remember that God saw everything that I did and that I wanted to please Him in this God given role. Colossians 3:23 says that whatever we do we should work heartily as for the Lord. I also wanted to give my girls this example to follow, as well as my son an example as to what to look for in a wife. I ended up having to have this talk with myself more than once because other things kept drawing me away. The other things were good things, sometimes fun with the kids, sometimes ministry; however, my primary task was caring for my family.

Working hard and doing a good job at home is a very practical way to show our love for our husbands, children, or a single woman’s roommate. We should make our homes a comfortable and happy place to come home to at the end of the day.  Being dependable when it comes to clothes, food, picking up, and cleaning gives our families or roommates, if it’s your turn to cook and clean, a sense of peace.

Learning to quickly and efficiently keep your home gives you time for other things. I’ve read many time management and homemaking books and I still copy useful tips from the internet and file them. Talking with other women, especially those who have a bunch of kids because they have to learn to make the most of their time, is also very helpful. Everyone is different with different schedules and responsibilities so what works for you may not work for someone else, but it seems like there is always something you can learn that is helpful. Becoming the best homemaker possible is worship so let’s stay in the battle with ourselves and honor Him in our homes.

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