Motherhood Today: Managing the Home Front God’s WayDOD Media
As a homemaker and follower of Christ, we are called to look after and manage our household. The house is our domain and we are put in charge to create a God-glorying atmosphere and the excellent wife of Proverbs 31 in verse 27(“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.’’) is a great example when it comes to managing our homes.
We can so easily get caught up in the daily mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning, organizing and managing our home, but we should also have Gospel intentionality and Kingdom focus when we manage our home because how we run and manage our home has profound influence over our lives, our children, our families and our visitors.
A part of looking over the activities of our household means we are able to organize and bring order to our homes – in other words, manage. Putting a little effort and intentionality into our homemaking, organization, and management can go a long way in glorifying God in our homemaking. Management helps us maximize our time, energy, and resources. Simply put, management helps us to be good stewards. Likewise, management allows us to plan and organize events so we are free to focus on our real priority – people.
Let’s take a look at the steps to managing our home:
Your home and your attitude won’t change overnight but remember that each day you can make smart decisions that will help with your home management. So get off Social Media and pick up the broom or brush! Get ready to glorify God in your home management and here are a few practical steps:
A cluttered home is truly a sign of a cluttered mind. It’s so much easier to be at peace and create a tranquil atmosphere when the house is uncluttered. We understand how we have way too much stuff to do, all the same, the home front must still be managed and kept in order. Spending some time up front to organize your house really pays off! You spend less time everyday looking for things and organizing the house.
- Don’t Be Lazy
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” ~ Proverbs 31:27
The excellent wife described in the Bible is not someone who is lazy! She is hardworking and industrious. She looks over her household, perceives what needs to be done, and works hard at making a God-glorifying household. It’s hard work but with God’s help, it can be done!
Managing our homes with excellence will require that we are never idle. Idleness means we are ‘doing nothing’ or ‘not busy working.’ It suggests we are not lazy or slothful. Idleness implies wasted time and pictures a person who is unemployed. This picture is completely contrary to how Scripture defines a woman’s responsibility to her family and home. Titus 2:5 calls women to be ‘workers at home.’ They are to be ’employed at home.’ A person with integrity works hard at her place of employment, meaning she is busy with tasks, redeeming the time and refusing idleness.
The truth is that there is no secret to managing your home with excellence – it is simply hard work! You will bring honor and glory to God when you work hard and serve Him! If you struggle with laziness or simply need some motivation (like we all do at some point), meditate on and memorize the following Scriptures:
- Proverbs 10:4
- Proverbs 12:24
- 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
- Hebrews 6:12
- Romans 12:11
- 1 Corinthians 15:58
- Titus 2:3-5
- Proverbs 14:1
We are sure you must be thinking: ‘’You just told me not to be lazy’’ and now you are saying I should relax?? Here’s something to remember:
=> Don’t stress too much about your house.
At the end of the day, your homemaking is not about your home…it’s about your family! Do your children just really need your attention today? Do you have a husband who would love some time to cuddle tonight? Forget the dishes, they can sit in the sink. Focus on what’s important today!
Spend time with your children, love your husband, and remember that the dishes are just dishes! As your children grow up, they will be more thankful for a mother who spent more time with them than a mother who had a clean house but neglected her children. Don’t forsake your family for clean dishes and you will truly glorify God in your homemaking!