In this post: Home-making is more than keeping the home clean and being a housewife. Homemaking is essential to the functioning of the house, and so much more.
When you imagine a homemaker, you might start picturing I Love Lucy or a 1950’s housewife. It might feel a little odd to think of yourself as a homemaker, after all, home-makers today do so much more than manage the home.
Truthfully, I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. But once I was one, I found it very hard to not get bogged down in all the tasks and chores.
And now that I run a business from home, it’s hard to feel much like a home-maker sometimes. But it is important!
So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or maybe even wondering why to bother, here are 3 reasons why you should care about home-making.
Why You Should Care about Home-Making
1. Home-making meets the needs of your family
Through the hard work of homemaking, our family is provided with clean clothes to wear, food to nourish them, and order in the home. If these needs can’t be easily met, or our homes lack order, everything else can’t fall into place. When you devote a good portion of your energy to meeting the needs of your family, you will give them a beautiful foundation every single day.
In our house, homemaking is primarily my responsibility. But because I also run a business and homeschool our kids, many homemaking tasks are shared between Dean and I, and even our kids. For example, I am mainly responsible for figuring out the meal plan and cooking meals. But Dean does the grocery shopping 99% of the time from the list I make and he makes breakfast on the weekends. I also can’t seem to get on top of any laundry, so he’s been doing laundry for years.
If you work from home, or even outside of your home, chances are you won’t be able to do all of the homemaking yourself either. But it’s likely, it will still be you who sets the tone for your home.
2. Home-making is a gift from God
Paul’s advice to Titus is still useful to home-makers today. God has given us the ability not just to take care of our families, but create a home for them.
Train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:4-5
I didn’t think of myself as much of a homemaker, especially after I started running our business from home. But slowly I began to realize how important homemaking was to our daily life. I’m by no means a perfect “housewife”, and I’m pretty sure I am never going to reach the end of my dirty dishes. However, through the art of homemaking, we are nurturing those who enter our homes and provides a place of belonging to our family.
3. Home-makers create an atmosphere that allows God’s presence in our home
Homemaking is about so much more than merely keeping our home clean, our children fed and our husbands loved. By creating a home, we are also creating an atmosphere in which our family can feel God’s presence and love in the house. God is not interested in how your floors sparkle or how creative your dinner was that night, He cares about how you’ve cared for your family today, and what you’ve done for them.
Home-making is more than keeping the home clean and being a housewife. Homemaking is essential to the functioning of the house, and so much more.