by Katie Bennett from Embracing A Simpler Life – Homemaking is a Ministry
Editor’s note: Is homemaking really a ministry or what we all do to ensure we have clean clothes, aren’t living in a sty and to make sure our children are cared for and well fed? It’s the thing that most women and many men do for the common good of their family, their responsibility. But is it really a ministry? This sounds more like self conflation / congratulation that many Quiverfull mothers do so that they don’t feel small and worthless. Not saying it’s not good to care for your family, it is, but is it really necessary to give it all these wow awesome descriptive meanings? Isn’t making up more rules and inflating what you do actually making life much less simple?
I didn’t see it coming, but somewhere along the way, I began to realize the eternal, beautiful, godly, glorious significance of Biblical homemaking.
I began to see that this is much more than cleaning toilets. Godly homemaking is the intermingling of craft and work for the purpose of cultivating a space to nurture our families and ourselves for God’s glory. Home is God’s idea. It’s a blessing from Him to the people He created. It is to be a place of safety, belonging, community and met needs.
My work, my purity and devotion to my family, hold God’s word up in honor. Homemaking matters.
I know that my role in the kingdom of God as a homemaker, wife and mother is no less important than the more glorified ministry roles I could perhaps possess –more humble, yes, but no less significant.
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