Have you hidden it at times?
The fact that you don’t bounce checks, let laundry mold in the washer, or ask your husband to pick up pizza on his way home because you neglected to plan for dinner again?
It seems that homemaking is one of those things we Christian ladies are supposed to truly excel in, but not admit when we do. We are encouraged to do our best for the LORD, but be very humble about our constant success. No high fives for keeping the dishes done. No “woot woot’s” for consistently managing our time well. And no congratulatory pats on the back for remaining undistracted day after day.
If anything our good works are met with sighs or sarcasm.
Even in the blogsphere, posts are often more about encouraging the discouraged and teaching beginning skills. (All needed). But what about the ladies who excel in homemaking, as a general rule?
There aren’t many posts like that, simply because we focus on the failing aspects of homemaking more often than not.
Today I recognize (and applaud) the ladies that excel in homemaking. Because just as humility is a righteous quality, so too is excellence. Virtue and diligence are just as worthy an endeavor as is a lack of unbiblical pride.
Are you an excellent homemaker? Let that light shine! Titus 2 ladies don’t downplay the fact that they know how to run a home.”
Now, as to not discourage those who feel like they are in over their head, I’m going to provide a general list of what excellent homemakers do and don’t on a regular basis. If you’re thriving at home, this should encourage you to keep on. If you are struggling at home, I hope seeing what diligent homemakers do and don’t will give you a place to start.
Women Who Excel at Homemaking Don’t:
- Search frantically for misplaced items
- Get embarrassed by unexpected company
- Commonly yell at their kids
- Ignore or manipulate their husbands
- Let laziness dictate their actions
- Let the internet, smart phones or frustration distract them
- Let the housework go because they don’t feel like doing it
Excellent Christian Homemakers Do:
- Have a routine
- Keep a budget (even if it’s not written down)
- Have a commitment to training their children
- Practice patience and understanding
- Stick to a bed time
- Have a desire to learn
- Have a plan
- Have a deep faith in the LORD
- Have a certain amount of support
Do you excel in homemaking? Don’t hide it. Share it! Teach it! Encourage those around you who struggle, how will they improve otherwise? This need not turn into a prideful gloating, God forbid, but as an excellent homemaker, you must continue in good works, knowing you are honoring the LORD. And you must teach the younger generation these worthy skills.
Do you feel as though your failing in homemaking? Read over the “Do” list again. Implement one each week or even each month. Create a new habit with excellence in mind.
Don’t strive for mediocre or “good enough.”
Strive for excellence and consistency.
You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you.