The Lord has been working on me. Opening the book Home Comforts for the first time only proved to convict me even more. It solidified what I already knew to be the truth…
I no longer found beauty and meaning in my homekeeping.
I don’t know where I lost the joy that comes from the actual task of keeping a home, but I do know I had become so bent on finding the most efficient and shortcut way to doing everything so that I could get on with my real life that I had begun to see my home keeping as a drudgery that must be completed (or not) so that I could get to the things I really enjoyed.
And in the process, my view of my role as a keeper of the home had become one of entitlement and pity-parties. Why doesn’t someone help me? Why do I have to cook 3 meals a day? Why is this toddler out to get me? How come I have to get out of bed every morning? Where’s MY vacation?
As Christian wives and mothers, our homes are not just hotels and restaurants. They are living, breathing expressions of the beauty of God’s grace and mercy, creativity and love.
But I wasn’t finding joy in the expression. I cut corners until there were no corners left to cut and my home stopped feeling alive because I stopped finding meaning in the keeping of it.
I’ve always counseled people to find the most efficient way to do something, and this in and of itself isn’t wrong. But my motives didn’t line up with Scripture. When you look at the verses on homekeeping and women who were at home, you do not see a precedent for them surviving the awful drudgery of being a housewife so they could go out and do something fun. You see them identifying themselves with their homes and families and daily chores. The Proverbs 31 woman’s children didn’t rise up and call her blessed because she was avoiding her daily routine. They called her blessed because she lived her life as a homekeeper with abundance!
She embraced the beauty of her role in expressing God’s love to the world.
And so, dear readers, I will be leaving Large Family Organization behind to embrace where my heart really is. It’s not that organizing the large family isn’t part of my vision. In fact, organization goes hand in hand with homekeeping, but I need to move in a different direction, widen my vision, find my way back.
I will continue to feature the Large Family Organization tips all of you sent in, but I will no longer be hosting that link up. Instead, I will be hosting a link up that my husband and I decided was much more in line with what I want Raising Arrows to be and what I feel the Lord has for me here. That link up is:
This link up will focus on finding joy in homekeeping, creating a welcoming atmosphere, and living an abundant life as a woman of God! The only guidelines for linking up is that you link up a post that is relevant and encouraging to homemakers (yes, please be encouraging!) and you link back in some form (either the button code in the sidebar or by simply linking to RaisingArrows.net).
Next Sunday night, this new link up will go live and run all day on Monday to get our creative homemaking juices flowing for the brand new week ahead of us! I pray you will find encouragement and blessing from the Welcome Home Link Up as we bring back the joy to our homes!
Let’s start off this new year with a heart for our homes!