Monday 9 July 2018

Homemaking Mondays: With All Thy Might

Welcome to Homemaking Mondays!

Today I'd like to share with you some scriptures that have been on my mind. 

- Ecclesiastes 9:10

- Colossians 3:23-24

There is such joy in serving the Lord Jesus and our families in our homes. 
I am asked often...what do you do all day?  As if there was nothing to be found to do around one's home to keep them occupied for countless hours.  
Sometimes I feel like issuing a list of things I do....but then I hold my tongue back and just say that I find plenty to keep myself busy with.  
Sometimes there are lulls in the day.  Resting is ok!
 If you went to a full time job somewhere else, there are mandatory breaks.  
Sometimes we just need to be creative with our time.  Like start a crafting/ yard project, or clean some odd thing like mouldings or under the kitchen sink?
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do. 

Do it with thy might!
Make what you do meaningful.  
It's not just a chore, but apart of the big picture of keeping a home. 
Give your home your attention, for when you don't, it shows!  

- 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Study to be quiet....minding your own business. 
Sometimes when you don't keep busy, you can be tempted into getting involved in other's affairs when you ought not to.  
When one is busy with their own needs they don't have time to look around them. 
This goes for also the lust of wanting what you see in other's lives/ homes and not being content with what you have in yours.  
When we work hard in our own homes, it keeps us from being in need or want.

- 2 Thessalonians 3:10-11
This verse is one that I have pondered on many occasions.  
It's one that people like to throw out there when they look at someones life and think they aren't doing what they think they ought to be doing.  
Firstly... the verse states that if you would not work!  neither should he eat. 
It does not say if you are unable to work. There are many people out there with disabilities or limitations that we cannot always readily see.  We do not know what they go through in all the hours they are not present with us.  
In our homes, we often judge ourselves too harshly when we aren't able to keep everything showroom quality all the time.  
Yes, we aught to try our best to keep a good clean tidy home, along with all the other needs of our homes, but sometimes it really is beyond our control, and that is ok!  
I have met some people who would not work... who refuse to do so.
That to me is not ok.  In the home, we as homemakers should give our best whenever we can.  But it is not up to others to know what our best should be.  
There are somedays where I can only handle doing the bare minimum maintenance in my home (which includes meals).  Then there are other days when I am blessed with great strength and get so much more done.  There is an ebb and flow that happens in all homes.  

Like it states above in verse 11, that there is a tell tale sign when someone is capable of working but doesn' can easily lead to being a busybody.  

May we keep our minds and strength focused on our own homes.

Love and Prayers,


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Colossians 3:23 is one of my favorites. I used to say it over and over a LOT when my kids were little to remind myself that what I was doing was of value and that I was doing it for the LORD. I still have to remind myself of that, especially when life gets to be 'mundane' and 'routine' lol. Summer is FLYING by and I've been quite lax at blogging! I'm into month two of my new job and I love it. Our son and daughter-in-law just bought us tickets to fly out to Boston to see them for a weekend! We haven't been able to go there since they got married three years ago. I hope you and your sweet family are enjoying some warmer weather (my girls told me the last week up there was unusually warm and DRY which they loved!). It's been 90's and low 100's here and NO complaints from me as I LOVE the summer! Hope you are all having fun and staying well!

Christine said...

Your wisdom is timed perfectly.
I’m on vacation and needed this post today.

Danielle Dunn said...

I like to laugh when people say "What DO you do all day?!" We do so much together!

Margie said...

I totally agree that resting is OK! I love lazy weekends where I can just putter around the house.