"The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
Proverbs 14:1 (The first part of the verse is what we are concerned with in this lesson.) I just don't like to use partial verses, because sometimes that causes things to be taken out of context.
All women are homemakers whether they work outside the house or not. The question is, what kind of a home do we make? Is it a place to catch a few winks, eat hasty means, and change clothing between activities? Or is it a haven, a resting place of safety, security, and love?
The home was meant to be a powerful hub for ministry. And the woman of the home was meant to be a useful servant of God--first to her family and then to the world. The home environment we create can be a source of refreshment that re-energizes us to face the world
Our children learn the most from home. They are our most far reaching ministry as their lives will affect the world around them for years to come. They need our time and energy to become all that God has planned for them.
Our home is also a ministry of hospitality. As we serve others, they will catch a glimpse of the humility of Christ. They will see the radiance of God on our faces and the faith-inspired love for each other in our actions. As people leave a home of love they cannot help but be touched and inspired.
We are all homemakers. It is not a matter of what we do as homemakers; it is a matter of catching the vision of our home as a dynamic place of ministry--first to our families and then to the world.
The word build" here refers not to physically constructing a house, but rather caring for an d planning a household so it may flourish. A wise woman doesn't neglect her household.
Weed & Water:
Creating a smooth-running home takes patience and hard work. In placing your home and family at a high priority you may need to unclutter your schedule. Slow down for a minute, and visualize the kind of home you wish to have. Jot down steps you need to take to begin creating that vision.
Sprout & Scatter:
Help children to be organized by providing simple easy to reach shelves and cubbies to store toys and clothes. Establish regular times when they must put things away. Sing a special cleanup song, such as, "this is the way w pick up toys" to the tune of "This is the way we wash our clothes." Create a family activity corner for keeping schedules, car keys, notes to each other, and emergency information.
Think about it:
- To whom does your home minister?
- What are some ways you could use your house as a ministry tool this month?
Lord, let my home be a ministry by... (insert your own thoughts).
A homemaker is a multi-talented professional.
To "build" our houses we women must wear many different hats. We are the housekeepers of our house, our children's chauffeur, our husband's errand runner. Sometimes we must be the "rock" of the family and be a sounding board for our husband's problems and our children's school tribulations, their heart-breaks, and disappointments, their "shade-tree psychiatrist per say, being ready to give advice at the drop of a hat, but also being ready to know when to just listen. We should be the spiritual advisor if need be. Even though the husband is supposed to be the "spiritual leader of the home", sometimes that is not the case. In that instance we women must be able to step into those shoes also. All in all, we must be considered a "jack of all trades and master of none."
Good Night to All and May God Bless.