Our culture has taught us that those things are not important, they're just something that has to be done. We aren't taught how to do these things well, usually coming to some sort of organization and 'way' of doing them, after we marry.
I like the way these look in the kitchen window, especially when the sun is streaming in.
I don't always want to do these things either.
However, I have learned to enjoy making my home a place of beauty, and warmth, and welcome. Not to "impress, but to bless" as my dear friend Cheryl says. I like it to be reasonably clean at all times, while recognizing that we live in our house and we are busy with learning, art projects, cooking or baking, legos. I want to be able to get things cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time.
My Mother Fern is thriving!
Muddy boots in front of the cabinet that we moved up from the basement. Mail on the table coasters and essential oil on the side table. Real life.
I am able to walk beside my children everyday, talking about the Lord, and preparing them for the life God has for them. As they go out into the world as adults, but also long before that, they will influence others by their lives, and in a sense, my work goes forward as well, and will continue into the lives of a generation I may not live to see!
So every time I wipe up a spill, wash dishes or walk by daughter through cooking a meal, I am doing the hard work of discipleship, and I am being 'exercised' by it as well. The house work is just part of my work here at home.
What a privilege!
I rearranged Emma's bedroom. This gives a lot more floor space than the way it was previously set up. I love making changes to improve the way our home works for us.
We have been reading in the book of 1 Samuel and last week were reading about Nabal refusing to give food to David or his men. David, whose men had been providing protection to Nabal's shepherds for no charge, was angry and set to ride to destroy Nabal. Abigail, Nabal's wife, hears about Nabal's refusal and sets about to make a gift of food and provision for David. She had her household prepared for the shearing season and the food needed to feed all the men shearing the sheep. Abigail was able to easily gather the following -
1 Samuel 25 -
Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seats of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
Because she had her home in order, and because of her wise heart, she was able to keep their household from disaster. Her work in her home was important for the saving of the household, literally!
Be encouraged, friends, that the work of home keeping, and raising your families is of great worth. The pay may not be great but the rewards are eternal.
I rearranged my sitting room space in the master bedroom. It is a really good set up for this space and I am enjoying it very much.