Monday 9 January 2023

Homemaking Mondays: A Fresh Perspective


It's been so lovely here this past week.
The sun has been shining a bit more and the 
snow seems to just glisten and glow.
The sun doesn't get up very high in the sky...actually
where it is in the sky in the picture above is
about as high as it gets before coming back down.

I went for a lovely walk with my daughter on the lake yesterday 
and then up past 
a small glacier to where a creek passes across the trail. 
It's not far but a good ways to stretch our legs. 
Our dog loves to come with us and her 
enthusiasm is encouraging.

In the winter I at times have a hard time getting 
out of the house.
Then when I do, I don't want to go back in. 
Below our house is tucked back into the trees.
Nestled in the shade.

One thing I've been thinking of this past week is perspective.
Sometimes things are all in how you look at it.
I've been thinking of homemaking and how many 
I've been coming across don't see the value in it anymore.
Home is more like a hotel then a haven.
Just a place you stay but don't live in.
Those thoughts always seem to bring me back to this 
one passage of the Bible in Titus.

Titus 2: 3-5 KJB
" The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour 
as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, 
teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands,
to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, 
keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, 
that the word of God be not blasphemed."

Some things in life take teaching.
Some things don't come naturally to us all.
Encouraging and teaching other women in the joy 
and blessings of homemaking 
can change the course of life at times.
It can create a joy in spending our time 
at home making it a place of blessings.
Good food, comfortable surroundings, cleanliness.
We want out homes to be inviting, a place that people want to 
spend time...not just our families.

Not all of this comes easy.
Sometimes creating this atmosphere is hard.
Sometimes it takes elbow grease and tears,'s worth it! 
Some would like to focus on the negative...
to not have to deal with the unpleasant aspects.
Life has both...and we must learn to embrace 
both the blessings and the work.

I find this happens best with a good perspective.
Why am I going through all this trouble?
To care for those I love.

Can these tasks be pleasant? 
Of course! 
We must each find our own rhythm
of how we go about our homemaking.
No two homes are alike.
If things get a bit mundane,
try changing up things.
Try new recipes, or change up your decor.
Sometimes all the change you need is found in your home.
Just move things around for a fresh look.
Try a new fragrance in your cleaning products.
I love to use different essential oils.
Sometimes changing how you go about your routine
can help make things more interesting. 
Being flexible is important.

If you are struggling with homemaking,
I encourage you to find another older woman
who may have a different perspective.
Listen to them and their homemaking lives and perhaps 
that will be refreshing for you
and an encouragement to love your homemaking.
Sometimes the teaching and wisdom of older women 
can make all the difference in your life.

Thanks for dropping by!
I pray your homemaking day is blessed. 

Love and Prayers,


Linda Shukri said...

Awesome surroundings! Great words of wisdom. :-)

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

So true Jennifer - our perspective can change everything. Changing the angle with which we look at something can make all the difference. So wonderful to enjoy the beauty outside. I walk every morning with the dogs, and it is the best part of my day. I pray as I walk, and it is so sweet. God's creation is so magnificent and perfect! Soaking up His beauty around me gives me fresh perspective for whatever my day holds. Many blessings to you dear friend, enjoyed the pictures of your surroundings!