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Today, I’m writing on the importance of being at home. I’m not making a case for women never to leave their homes and to be enslaved to the house. But our greatest ministry is in our homes to our loved ones. I have been a stay at home wife and mother for 23 years now and life has certainly changed. Gone are the days of diapers and constant picking up of baby dolls and finding that missing matchbox car. Gone are days of homemade baby food and strollers. Some have asked me why I am still at home. It is where my first and foremost ministry is.
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Pr 6:8).
As we have grown as a family, our needs have grown. I have needed to redefine my mission and keep on growing first in my walk with the Lord. My ministry at home comes second only to Christ. He is my Help, my Refuge, My Strength. My King and the Lover of my Soul. It is in Him that I find my purpose and my joy. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me (Phil 4:13).
I am a homebody by nature but even I need to keep my priorities straight. When my schedule is so busy that the needs of my family is not being fully met, I am not completing my call or living as unto the Lord. And it comes out in weariness, comes out in my behavior and leads to a lot of frustration for us all. But when my eyes are firmly on the Lord and my calling, I find purpose. I am learning new ways to grow and do my tasks better. I want my table not to be boring 🙂 I have recently dealt with this issue. Does my family still really need me at home full time? They are older and are already helping out with chores and we are working well as a family. I can come up with a lot of reasons why I am Â not needed at home anymore. But I am needed at home. I am the CEO of our home.Keeping a home is my ministry and my career. Can I have more then one? Yes. We are capable, strong, powerful and beautiful, made in His image. But we must keep our priorities straight!
4and 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.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Tt 2:4-5).
Though the sounds of my home has changed. A lot less tiny voices and more loud ruchus of boys with footballs and girls with more dramatic leanings, it is still filled with love. I thought I would never say to another momma when she is knee deep in laundry and toddlers, “enjoy these days, they grow up so fast!” But they do and they do not return Â until the arrival of Grand-babies 🙂 Â Have I ever gotten frustrated and bored? Of course. I have dreams. And these dreams are coming true and will continue to come true when it is His perfect time. But my time is now for my children. My husband needs a help meet. God has made me specifically for my beloved and I complete him. My beloved was created just for me and he completes me. We are “one” and we are a team.Â
We all have heard the phrase, “if momma’s not happy, no one is happy.” It’s funny but it is true. We are the heart of the home and if our heart is not right, if we are not centered on Jesus Christ as our Lord, then we will not find peace. Not long lasting.
I want to encourage you to keeping on. You may feel that you are not noticed. You are not important and are tired of the every day drudgery of being at home. The eyes of the Lord are on you and every thing you do for the Lord, every toilet that got cleaned, every bed made, every load of laundry has not gone unnoticed and if you are doing all for the Lord, He is blessed and your children will rise up and call you “blessed”.
in His love,