Learning to be a Better Keeper of the Home
Homemaker. It’s a word that brings many emotions to mind. For some, it’s an archaic idea that should hold a place only in history. For others, myself included, it is a calling.
“the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5.*
Home. Yes, ‘s the place where we reside, but it is more than that. Home is the place where we love, care for each other and learn together. It is where we can relax, unwind and share the joy of life with each other.
Keeping. As keeper of the home, I am tasked with keeping my home well outfitted and appointed with needful things. Being a keeper means that I have the honorable role of being responsible for the overseeing of the home, being ever watchful and ensuring provisions for those that I love. That does not mean I am solely responsible for all of the work. It means I manage the day to day maintaining of the home under the authority of my Beloved husband.
But keeping isn’t just about cleaning, organizing and meal making. It is about ensuring that those I love are blessed with what is needed so that each of us are equipped for every good work that the Lord places before us, ever ready, ever hospitable, and ever filled with love for each other and others.
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In the Home and Keeping Peace
Guess what. Homemaking isn’t really my strong suit. It’s often a struggle for me. It is something that I strive for. Which means it takes concerted thought and discernment to achieve results. Clean homes don’t just happen at the twitch of a nose. Clothing becomes worn, torn and outgrown, which means they need replaced. If I fall short of my task, my family suffers the consequences, so I work to sustain our home so that we can be at peace.
So follow along as I endeavor to develop my home and keeping skills. For me it most often comes down to my attitude about it. So as I prayerfully seek to honor God, my husband and the role they have placed before me, I aim for a home filled with great peace.
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* Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.