Managing a home is work – hard work. In our modern society, many woman are not equipped to run a home effectively and efficiently. They feel stressed out by even the simplest of tasks. Â I’ve written before about how I feel homemakers are pretty wimpy these days, but I also understand that many of us lack the skills needed to do the job. Â We haven’t been trained. (or we didn’t listen while we were being trainedâ€¦or we didn’t retain our trainingâ€¦or, well, you get the idea…)
What I want to offer here on Raising Arrows throughout the next year are some of these basics to managing a home. You aren’t going to find fancy, time-consuming projects or picture-perfect meals or gorgeous tablescapes. Â But you will find the basics to managing a home. Â How you fill in the blanks will be up to you and your unique giftings. Â I’ll help you lay the groundworkâ€¦you get the build the home!
Before we get started, I want to impress upon you something of major importance –
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vainâ€¦
All your hard work will be useless if you don’t start your foundation on the Rock – Jesus Christ. Â You may succeed for a time, but you WILL fail. Â You WILL have bad days. Â You WILL have messes and screaming children. Â Jesus doesn’t make these things magically disappear, but He does makes these moments bearable and worth fighting through. Â With Him, you won’t just survive, you will thrive! Â You don’t have to despair that you will never get it “right” because Jesus went before you in perfection. Â So, as you build, there will be gaps (and sometimes gaping holes!) in your work, but Jesus fills those with His grace and the house-building continues.
I’ve set up a page here on Raising Arrows to hold all of the Homemaking Basics posts. Â You might want to pin it or bookmark it somehow as we work our way through these skills.
I’d also encourage you to check out Homemaking 101 from Family Vision Films. Â This DVD includes short segments of homemaking information that will get you started on your journey to building a better home without overwhelming you. Â The DVD also features advice from a Titus 2 woman, easy recipes, and footage of the Ross family actually living life (it’s not all perfect, folks!)
You can check it out here (affiliate link):
I also wanted to let you know that The Pursuit of Motherhood is on sale all month for $3.99! This is a study guide as well, steeped in Scripture and wisdom from many different mothers from many different walks of life (myself included!).