We live in an increasingly if it feels good do it type of society. That message comes at us from every angle. Slogans with this mindset abound in America. And I dare say it has infected us as homemakers.
Maybe we haven’t bought into this exact idea so much, but I do believe we have embraced it’s antithesis: If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. Or worse yet, if I don’t feel like it, I don’t always do it.
A quick look at our family and home will prove this to each of us:
Are the children dressed? Teeth brushed, hair combed? Clean faces? Have we seen to it that they’ve finished the chores we’ve assigned?
What about our home: Are the dishes clean? The laundry? Is this morning’s oatmeal turning to cement on our kitchen counter, table or stove? Are there enough crumbs under the table to feed a world of insects? Scattered shoes by the front door?
And us: Sloppy ponytail? Yesterday’s makeup? Yoga pants and over-sized t-shirt?
Do we have solid reasons for neglecting the above? (Newborn baby, illness, etc…)
If not, and if we’re online and our house and children are in need of care, we may have not attended to these duties because… drum roll please… we didn’t’ feel like it.
We can’t plead ignorance on this one either. Surely we know the laundry on the bathroom floor is dirty. And we know how to wash it. What excuse have we? We didn’t feel like it?
But shouldn’t clean laundry make us feel good? I know that I prefer to wear clean clothes over dirty ones. My husband and children look much nicer in clean clothes. How long should our feelings continue to control our actions?
Sometimes I feel like eating half a chocolate pie, but I control my actions and ignore those feelings and just eat one piece.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17)
We know we are to have self control. The bible says so:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galations 5:22-23
“Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…” Titus 2:12
If we follow the world’s ways, we do continue in sin, and the Bible speaks to this as well:
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4
A lack of self control can wreak havoc on our lives.
What Are We To Do Now?
Let’s encourage one another to good works. No reason to wallow in our sinfulness and misery. We know we are to control ourselves, we know we are to care for our family and home, we know we are to continually renew our minds so that we will know the will of God and we know that not doing the good we know we ought to be doing is sin.
So now we put on the armor of God, resist the devil and diligently seek good works. I’d also recommend turning on some praise and worship music to keep your mind where it should be.
Homemaking and all it encompasses is power, why else would the enemy attack it so? We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
Joyfully fighting along side of you…
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Gina Antazo says
True! we have to renew our minds so we can do His will..and turning to our favorite praises music helps a lot to energize or re-energize us to do home task… and have to die daily to achieve God’s purpose as a wife ,as a mother and a homemaker. Thanks Jennifer i really enjoy reading your blogs!God bless.
Always Gina! What are some of your favorite songs that help with this?