Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Embracing Your Role As Homemaker

It's not easy being a homemaker in todays culture. The very word "homemaker" is counter-cultural. The world considers those who choose to work at home as lazy, unproductive, wasting our time, talents, education. We receive no recognition from others for our hard work or salary for the long hours we put in, but we can guarantee that our reward is in heaven. None of our days sacrificed in serving others will go unnoticed by our Lord and Savior. Choosing to stay at home to raise your children is a decision that you will never look back and regret and neither will your children. You will never hear a child tell his mother that he wishes that she would have worked full time so that he could have spent his childhood at daycare. We live in a society where mothers have forsaken there God-given roles and pay others for jobs they simple "dont have the time for" in order for them to pursue more "important" tasks. We can pay someone to raise our chidren, pay someone to clean our house, pay someone to make our food, pay someone to do our laudry... the list goes on and on. I'm not saying all those things are bad in and of itself, but when we refuse to embrace God's calling for us as women we are saying to God that His plan for womanhood isn't relevant anymore, it isn't good enough. God's Ways are always perfect, always good. When we choose to do things our way or the world's way there will always be consequences. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you are not serving God unless you put your ministry before your children. Raising Godly children that fear and love the Lord IS ministry! This should be your first priority. Rest in the season God has placed you because the season of raising little souls is fleeting and will pass quickly.
If we do nothing else well in this world, let us at least build well within our own doors.-JR Miller

Titus 2:1-5
1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 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.

Here are some motherhood quotes you might enjoy:

When you cook nutritious, tasty meals for your family, you are pointing them to the One who feeds the hungry and who satisfies thirsty souls with Himself. You’re giving them an appetite for Him.
And when you go to the time and effort to be sure that your husband and your kids have adequate clothing that fits, you are pointing them toward the One who clothes us with His righteousness.
See, every aspect of homemaking is meant to reflect some spiritual, eternal truth that we’re trying to picture to our world.
When you maintain a clean home, an orderly home, you’re creating an atmosphere where your family can appreciate the value of being spiritually clean, cleansed from sin, and of having lives that are spiritually ordered. You’re teaching; you’re training not just to be clean and orderly because that is not a supreme, ultimate eternal virtue. It’s pointing them to virtues that are supreme and eternal. As you are homemaking what you are doing is creating a taste for our ultimate home in heaven.
We’re talking about homes that reflect the glory of God, the beauty of Christ, and that are havens and greenhouses and places where life can be cultivated and where people can grow and become like Christ and where the gospel can be manifested.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

"To know the true state of a nation, look at the state of the Church. To know the true state of the Church, look at the families who populate her pews. To know the state of her families, look to the fathers who lead them. Destroy the vision of the father, and you render impotent the family, thus creating a chain reaction that will spread throughout civilization."

- Douglas W. Phillips

Family JR Miller
Pg. 118
The place in which He (Jesus)
was prepared for that mission was not in any of the fine schools of the world, but in a lowly home; not at the feet of rabbis and philosophers, but with his own mother for his teacher. What an honor does this fact put upon home! What a dignity upon motherhood!

Family J.R. Miller Pg.65-66
But it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done there, and till it is well done she has no right to go outside to take up other duties. She is to be a “worker at home.” She must look upon her home as the one spot on earth for which she alone is responsible, and which she must cultivate well for God if she never does anything outside. For her Father’s business is not attending Dorcas societies and missionary mettings, and mother’s meetings, and temperance conventions, or even teaching a Sunday-school class, until she has made her own home all the her wisest thought and best skill can make it.

There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’s work outside have neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither eye nor heart for the work of love lain about their own feet. The result has been that while they were doing angelic work in the lanes and streets, the angels were mourning over their neglected duties within the hallowed walls of their own homes. While they were winning a place in the hearts of the poor or the sick or the orphan, they were losing their rightful place in the hearts of their own household. Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the first that he gives every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure there. JR Miller

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