While making my bed up this morning, this thought came to my mind: “I love the rhythm of my home.” By rhythm I mean the day to day bed making, the sound of my toddlers feet on the floor, and the sound of coffee brewing in the kitchen. I love the slow paced and sometimes fast paced mornings of breakfast together at the table and seeing my cute toddler in her footie pajamas eating in her highchair. I love Saturday mornings when my hardworking husband is sleeping in and I go kiss his cheek and he smiles. I love the way the light streams through our living room windows signaling the start of another day that God has given us together as a family. It is all music to my ears and although everyday is not perfect, and quite frankly, I am not always as thankful as I should be, I love my life as a homemaker.
The ordinary and sometimes mundane household tasks have ‘grown on me’ in a sense. God has shown me how important my home is and how blessed I am to have a family to care for. There are so many people who are praying for God to send them a spouse or precious children to nurture. There are definitely long days of laundry and diaper changes and errands, but the fulfillment it brings my heart is something that I cannot adequately put into words.
I haven’t always been passionate about homemaking and its rhythm in my home.
When I first started being a stay-at-home Mom/Wife, I really struggled with feeling like I wasn’t doing enough. I felt that caring for my child, cooking meals, doing household chores, and grocery shopping to name a few tasks, was just not enough in God’s eyes and I was somehow a failure to Him.
God so graciously showed me through that time of feeling inadequate that my role as a Wife and Mother was a high calling that He blessed me with. He began to show me how beautiful homemaking was and how rare it was becoming in the world. I often think of the quote by C.S Lewis that states, “Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cares, government, etc., exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? The homemakers job is one for which all other’s exist.”
Homemaking isn’t just cooking meals, raising children, and doing the laundry, it is the way a person makes a house a home full of grace, love, and happy memories. Having a nice meal cooked for your family to enjoy around the table or making sure everyone has clean clothes to wear is so crucial as it enables them to then go out into the world and serve others and be the best they can be.
Homemaking can be mundane and often times you feel as if your efforts are unnoticed, but there are so many people who long for a home cooked meal, clean clothes on their backs, and most importantly, someone who deeply cares about them to do those things for them, just because.
A personal goal I have is to always make my home a place of refuge and a happy, peaceful place where my family can rest. From our worn-out couch to the special snacks in the fridge, I want my family to be comfortable and know that our home will always be a safe place to land even when life gets hard. Home is the place where you spend a majority of your time as a child and the place where you’re molded into who you will become. What a great responsibility I have and you have as homemakers, to point our families to Christ and serve them as Christ served others. To the world it may look like a homemaker simply does all the dirty work around the house without thanks, but the truth is that God uses the homemaker to raise a godly family that will change the world.
Homemaker, keep serving your family and loving Christ wholeheartedly. You’re doing a great work!