by Jennifer from her blog The Focused Homemaker
In our feministic culture we may not know what a homemaker truly is and what she truly does. Have you recently quit your job to become a full-time homemaker? Maybe you’ve recently married or just had your first child and won’t be returning to college. In any case, my desire today is to encourage homemakers, new and “old-pro” alike.
What Does She Do All Day?
Oh that question can become bothersome, can’t it? It assumes there is little to do at home. It suggests homemaking to be second-class and of little value. In a practical sense a homemaker rises, sometimes early in the morning just as the Proverbs 31 woman did. Sometimes a bit later if she has a new baby, sick children or just needs that bit of extra sleep.
She joyfully picks her husband’s socks up off the floor, thankful for a man to bless and serve. She makes breakfast for her family and thinks about what she’ll prepare for dinner, perhaps taking frozen meat out to thaw. She warmly greets her children and changes diapers if there are little ones in the home.
She sees her husband off to work with a smile and a kiss, then sets about getting the children and herself ready for the day. She shares God’s word with her family and teaches them in the ways of the LORD all throughout the day. (Deut. 6)
She has a child or two help her prepare lunch in an effort to train her daughters in the arts of homemaking, or to instill the value of a homemaking wife in her sons. She might nurse the baby or put her small children down for an afternoon nap. Maybe taking one herself so she can be rested and productive for late afternoon and evening.
She spends time talking with her children, answering their questions and exhorting them to righteousness. She plans menus, runs errands and finds ways to stick to the budget to be a blessing to her family.
Perhaps she ministers to others outside of her home by visiting with her neighbors occasionally, taking the kids to see their grandparents, writing a letter to an overwhelmed friend or even using the internet to bless the lives of others, while taking care to not neglect her first ministry at home.
As her day fades into evening, she prepares the evening meal and eagerly awaits the arrival of her husband. She and her children tidy up the house and clean themselves up a bit before Daddy gets home. She knows the value of a peaceful home, yet realizes that joyful noises from happy children don’t make a home any less peaceful.
Her family enjoys a meal together, that nourishes and refreshes. After dinner, clean up and perhaps baths for the babies, the family delights in spending time with Dad or hearing him read from the Bible. Soon, she’ll be kissing children goodnight, praying over them and even offering a song.She looks forward to laying next to her husband in blissful sleep for the next 6-8 hours (even if interrupted by a hungry baby throughout the night). And as she lays her head on the pillow for the night she is thankful. Thankful for her husband, for her children, for her home and her God who provides for her family. And thankful for the divine calling of wife and mother. She falls asleep knowing her place in her home is not replaceable, and is enthusiastic about waking the next morning for another day to serve the LORD by serving her family.
She is a Homemaker
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Dear readers, what part of your day or days as a stay at home mom did she forget to mention?
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