Almost 21 years ago, I joyfully became a maker of a home. I was so excited to have a home to decorate, furnish, decide what will be for dinner, grocery shop, do laundry and even the dishes. I kept a clean house and took great pride in knowing that my husband always came home to a clean house and a nice meal.
As we started to have children, it proved a little more challenging to keep up with, once the second children came along, but I adjusted to the demands that raising a family presented. I still found myself having a clean house, with the exception of the children's bedroom, which doubled as their playroom (no further explanation needed) and at times the laundry.
Here are my tips of how I can still embrace being a maker of the home:
Serve Your Husband First
Growing up, I always heard the saying “the way to a man's heart is through his stomach”, so I made sure that my husband came home to food on the table, because I wanted his heart to always be mine.
Knowing your husband and what would bless him most will make serving him with love so much easier. In addition to loving a home cooked meal, my husband likes to have the main parts of the house in order and his clean clothes where they should be. Having this knowledge, I can be sure that through delegating other things within my home, I can serve my husband my having my meals planned, children doing key chores that will keep each main area of our home in order and I can stay on top of the laundry.
Keep Peace in Your Home
When there is strife in our home, rather it be between my husband and I or our children acting up, my joy as a maker of the home can quickly be robbed. Having a set routine for our home, which includes homeschooling, has been proven to eliminate much of the strife that can arise when days are allowed to come as they will.
Do All Things Unto the Lord
As much as we love our husband and children, there are times when it is just difficult to wash one more load of clothes or dishes without hearing songs of praises for our work. It becomes challenging to loose another night's sleep because sickness won't leave your home. Realizing that your children have too many toys because you can't find the floor in their room or their other shoe, which makes you late (again) for something important.
It is at these struggling times, when it becomes a challenge to embrace being a maker of the home. However, we do all things unto the Lord, as scripture tells us to do, our joy lasts through even the most challenging times. This is what we are called to do and for Him.
One of those days when my joy was gone, I called a friend and share with her that I was struggling in my place as a maker of the home. This sweet friend immediately began to sing to me on the other side of the phone. These were the words she sang:
Little maker of the home,
What do you really do?
When all is said and done,
what will be said of you?
You rise each day and like the sun
you give your life away,
and tired, you’ve run the course again.
You need to hear Him say:
Oh, maker of the home,
You labor not alone.
And though your eyes many never see,
This home you live to make,
you make for Me.
“Your life a shadow seems,
compared to what others do,
but who would catch the tears,
and point to Me,
if not for you?
And when they’ve grown,
imprinted on their hearts will always be,
how good, how right, to give their lives,
and build a home for Me”
lyrics by Beverly Bradley © 1992
Reb Bradley Family Ministries
PO Box 1401 h Fair Oaks CA 95628
May these tips and song, help you to embrace being a maker of the home!