Homemaking matters. Even in the twenty-first century while the world tempts us to spend more time away from our homes doing “important” things and being “productive,” we still understand that a peaceful home leads to a peaceful heart. We still care that our homes are clean and presentable, that our husbands, family and friends enjoy being there with us, and that we manage them to the best of our abilities–even though none of us are perfect. And it’s only when we realize that we cannot achieve perfection–nor are we required to–that we really start to enjoy the process. I know that my home will never be perfect–but it’s put together with warm thoughts and loving service. I believe that this is the reason we all enjoy spending our time here, and why I long to live my role as a homemaker to the fullest. I enjoy the process of being a good steward in my home and responsible for the peaceful nature. As such, I always enjoy learning from other homemakers that are doing well and loving their roles as homemakers as well. There is so much we can learn from each other.
There are so many rewards that come with a life of homemaking. Some are worthy of praise, and honestly, some are not. Should we choose to concentrate on our homemaking by putting time and effort into it, and enjoying it with all that is in us; it can serve as a powerful witness in our lives. And who doesn’t want to point everyone and everything in their lives to Christ? When we pour our love and time into our homes and families, generally, others notice. The signal this gives to others is how Christian women love their home, their families, and the role they have been genetically given by our Lord. More and more today, this attitude is being lost in the world. For us to hold fast to it, is to acknowledge a life of obedience to the Lord, and also gratefulness to His plan for us.
We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat breakfast have more energy. They live longer. And strangely enough, they tend to weigh less than people who don’t eat breakfast. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t eat breakfast, what’s stopping you? You don’t have time. You aren’t hungry. You don’t like breakfast foods. You can’t eat that early in the morning. Any of these excuses sound familiar to you? You’re in luck. I’ll share five breakfasts that put these excuses to shame, and will turn you into a breakfast loving person in no time.
We all go through rough patches in our lives. But sometimes, those rough patches stretch on. Occasionally, they become more of a permanent fixture–a new norm. But what if we don’t want it to be the new norm? What if we’re ready to move? to heal? to live again? If you’re there right now, or know someone else that is, here are five steps to take to reclaim your life again.
For so many of us, a women’s retreat gives us that chance we need to get away from all stimulus that can distract us from God. For me this means a night (or two, or three) where I don’t feed the animals, tend to my garden, raise my kids or serve my husband. I’m not washing laundry, mopping floors or scrubbing toilets for a short amount of time so I can just really focus on God. But…there is a stressful part to it…
Disclaimer: This is my own personal opinion and why I encourage (not insist) all women to learn self-sufficiency. I hold no judgement on any of you Friends who disagree–we are all responsible for our own families and how we take care of them is our own best judgments. I love to share homesteading skills with you all in hopes of giving you Proverbs 31 women some extra knowledge of skills you could use today to take care of your families and also because you may need these skills one day. Most of us live in a world where women are free to work outside the home, and are actually encouraged to. I worked outside the home full time until recently. I absolutely loved it, and look forward with fondness of the day I’ll return to the workforce. Many of us have, or look forward to when we will have husbands that also provide for us (whether we stay at home or not). We live in a world where we can go to an almost endless variety of stores and buy as much of whatever we want. But it wasn’t long ago when all of these situations weren’t so. Most who lived […]
People are always amazed when they find out just how little money we spend on…well…anything. They always ask, “How do you do that?” I think what they really want to know is, “How can I do that?” Earlier this week, I answered that question for Tshanina over at Thrifty T’s Treasures. Head on over to read 10 Homesteading Ideas That Can Save You Money and see what advice I left for her readers. I hope you can pick up some tips that will help your family too! Blessings,
I tend to find that most houses I go into are well kept. Even so, the greeting I receive at the door tends to be followed by, “Please excuse the mess.” I used to think it was just a sign of humility from the host. But as I paid more attention to these women, I began to notice the fatigue and overwhelmed aura underneath. For some of us housewives, we are failing to keep our houses clean. And some of us are failing to make our house a home. Why? Here are a few reasons for both:
We live in a world that tells our women So what if you’re house is messy? Who’s business is it? If your husband doesn’t like it, he can pick it up himself…You’re working a tight schedule with your career, of course you don’t have the time to clean everything up…Just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you have to do the cleaning. Do any of these sound familiar? We also live in a world where stay-at-home mommies are in the spotlight (maybe a TV show, a popular web site, etc.) and can give the impression that if you just do it right, or follow these three easy steps you can have everything orderly all the time. How is one supposed to marry these two worlds?
If you’ve never had an unkempt house before, you may not identify with this article. I would, however, encourage you to read it anyway in case you have a friend who is overwhelmed. If you are the woman whose house is always clean, perhaps you will pick up some tips on how to help a friend. Or if you are the woman who is overwhelmed, then I urge you to find some tips on how to get yourself out of this place and hopefully a little bit of peace.