Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Don't Waste your Homemaking: Giving your self




Often times I hear encouragement sent to those who work outside their home. The encouragement or charge is to glorify God in their workplaces. They are called to serve through their job by ministering to others and to do their job to the best of their abilities as unto the Lord.

What about in our homes? Do we seek to glorify God in this as well? We are called to serve others, to daily pour ourselves out in the many tasks that demand the attention of the homemaker. The key to not wasting our homemaking it found in learning how to glorify God in this occupation.

Although not wasting this wonderful job includes taking meals to those who are sick and having people into your home to minister to; it doesn't or shouldn't begin there.

The daily tasks of laundry, cleaning toilets, cooking meals can glorify Christ. We must simply (even though it's not that simple) do this unto the Lord. We must realize that all that we do can and should glorify God.

We can glorify Christ through our homemaking by daily giving ourselves sacrificially. Homemakers are called to rid themselves of selfishness. Who is the one who has constant work that doesn’t consist of an 8-5 job? That’s right, homemakers. My job starts at 6:30 a.m. and doesn’t end until 10 p.m. Yes, I do find time to do other things like reading, crafts etc. but, a homemaker’s job is never truly done.

This demands a lot of time and energy and to do this, to continually give ourselves we are fighting against selfish ambitions and desires. This pleases the Lord, when we give ourselves to make a tidy and clean place, a safe haven for our families, when we cook meals that replenish our families bodies and when we disciple our children (formally and informally) to train them in the ways of the Lord in the hopes that the Holy Spirit would use these treasured truths to redeem them in the future. We are giving ourselves.

The fight to not waste our homemaking isn’t an easy one. It’s easy to just do the homemaking tasks with complaints or hoping to get through it to go do something we ‘really want to do’ but, why not enjoy these things and do them unto the Lord? Just as the wasted life is the one which didn’t seek Christ, who didn’t glorify Him in all areas of life, so is the life of a homemaker who wasted her homemaking.

Be encouraged in your homemaking, seek to not waste your homemaking; give your self whole-heartily to these wonderful tasks that God has called you to!



(this is only one aspect of glorifying God in your homemaking; giving your self)
I'm linking this
here: Good Morning Girls, Homemaker's Challenge

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12 comments:

  1. Very well said; I had to come to this, "We must simply (even though it's not that simple) do this unto the Lord. We must realize that all that we do can and should glorify God." when my hubby asked me several years ago to stay home with kiddos! It was hard going from a FT office job to solely caring for the home. At first a lot went to the side in depression of staring at four walls all day. Until I made up my mind that I needed to clean/care for my home as if Jesus was coming for a visit - I couldn't do it adequately. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, HL

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  2. Amen sista!!! Do everything to the glory of God - EVERYTHING!!! Thanks for linking up!!! and Keep walking with the King!
    Much Love,
    Courtney

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  3. This a great blog! I do have a hard time reading the yellow words on the white, but it has great content. I'm following you :-)
    Becky http://considerhimhebrews12.blogspot.com/

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  4. Becky, what are you reading on, is it a computer or iphone/touch?

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  5. hljourney- thanks for stopping by...great perspective to clean as if Jesus is coming by, thanks for your lovely comment!

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  6. I love this posting. I found your site through Bowl full of Lemons under her linkys. I have been a stay at home mom for a little over a year and thought I would be soooo much better at it! I initially struggled with leaving my career behind, then went stir crazy, and now keeping up with everything that "keeping a home" requires. Thank you for sharing this!

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  7. Great post! It makes me think of Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God." Just what I needed to hear today! Thanks!

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  8. Hey I just want to let you know that I linked to this post on my blog.

    http://gracefullittlehoneybee.blogspot.com/2011/01/glorifying-god-as-homemaker.html

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  9. Great encouragement! I love the look of your blog too. :)

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  10. Thanks for this! I enjoyed it! It something that I'm working on in my role as a homemaker, wife and mommy!

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  11. So encouraging, thank you for writing this from your heart. I have little scrapbooked notes placed throughout my home to remind me of just this. The "chores" have to be done regardless of our heart's condition - so why not focus our hearts in on what really matters - GOD, and our family. Blessings, Cass

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