What is homemaking to you? When you call yourself a Homemaker, what do you mean by it?
The word homemaking may mean different things to different people. But, if you break it down, it simply means “making a home”.
It doesn’t mean decorating with the latest trends, buying the newest furniture, or keeping the tidiest house. It doesn’t mean that you wear a fancy dress, heels, makeup, and jewelry while baking a perfect pie. It doesn’t mean your home, children, or food are Pinterest-worthy at any given time.
It means so much more than all of that. In Biblical terms, it means being a Keeper at Home – or, to keep our homes.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5
KEE’PER, noun One who keeps; one that holds or has possession of any thing. One who has the care, custody or superintendence of any thing. [American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828]
Perhaps, like me, you often need to be reminded of your purpose as Homemaker? Studying scripture and the meaning of words is a powerful reminder of what it all really means!
Guess what!?! It doesn’t take special skills or privileges to accomplish what God has called us to as Homemakers.
I believe all women can be a Homemaker. It just takes a teachable spirit, putting our trust in the Lord, and letting Him lead us!
Amazing Homemaking Help & Resources For Women Who Love Making Their House A Home
The Hidden Art of HomemakingThe Homemade Housewife: The last book you will ever need on homemaking and frugal living.Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping HouseMy Love of Cooking & HomemakingThe Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and BecomingHaving a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul
So, what is homemaking? What does it mean to ‘make a home’?
To me making a home means providing a comfortable place for my husband to come home to after a long day of working out in the harsh world.
It means providing a safe place for my children to live and learn.
It means keeping a clean house, though not perfectly tidy.
It means providing my children with a place of comfort and joy.
It means allowing messes and imaginative play.
It means my house looks lived in, yet cared for.
It means providing wholesome and nourishing food for my family, though not often gourmet or creative.
It means being available to care for the needs of those within my home.
It means managing my home well.
It means trying my hand at being a DIYer.
It means believing my current work is meaningful and purposeful.
It means taking my job as homemaker seriously.
It means guarding our homes against spiritual, emotional, or physical danger.
It means embracing the role God has called me to fulfill in this season of my life.
It means making a home out of a house, breathing life into a mere structure, and praising God for His blessings and grace through it all!
Homemaking is a ministry and very worthy one at that! Just do your best and pray it’s blessed. Amen.