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I shouldn’t have clicked over here. I loved getting my classroom ready every year. Such promise in a bright, clean classroom!
It wasn’t until she replied to my comment that I realized I was fighting the “grass is always greener” mentality:
I like getting it ready too, but I would really love to be able to stay home for the boys. Enjoy your time with your babies!
I loved my students and enjoyed setting up my classroom, but my family… they are everything to me. My home? I should care for it as though it is a palace.
Funny how God works. Just as I was deep in thought about caring for my home and family and how I could give my home the bright, full-of-promise atmosphere that I used to strive for in each year’s new classroom, I ran across this post in my Google Reader. I’m grateful that Lylah agreed to share it with you.
…I want to address (again) how vital a woman’s attitude is toward her home and her husband and toward her role.
Unfortunately, so many women have had NOTHING biblical modeled. It was my generation (sorry girls) who left the home in mass. We were a bunch of angry women who left our homes to pursue something we thought would actually be more fulfilling. What we left was a mess. I’ll write more about the mess we left on another day.
A woman’s attitude toward her home front is just about everything. What you think about what your role is and what God says about it matters.
About eighteen years ago, I realized that I’d torn my house down… I didn’t understand my role. I didn’t understand how to Create Sanctuary or any of the Simple Home Principles. Today I do. I am passionate about them – ask the girls I face-to-face disciple.
God’s grace and truth got a hold of my heart and He directed my steps to be on-purpose to rebuild my home front. I did these three things:
A – I Assessed my home front (marriage, parenting, home keeping skills)
B – I Become Biblical
C – I recognized God’s heart for Character over Convenience
I know from the letters that I receive that many of my readers are in the same boat that I was eighteen years ago. Whether or not that’s you, here’s your Lylah Assignment for the Day
Your Becoming an On-Purpose Home Keeper Assignment (I am a teacher, ya know.) is to journal. Do the best you can. I know you are ALL very, very busy moms. At least read through the questions and hear God’s heart toward you about them.
Assess your home front. Where are you doing well and where do you need to grow in those three main areas?
Journal your answers to these questions:
What is the condition of my home? Is it a mess – clutter every where? Is there peace, unity, harmony?
Are there unresolved conflicts? Am I bitter about unresolved hurts from the past? Do I with hold sex from my husband or use it to manipulate him? Do I have a list of excuses as to why I can’t/don’t want to make love? More on this one later.
Head over to Lylah’s Blog to read the rest of her journaling questions. I think I might try to answer one or two during my morning quiet time, to help me put purpose to my day.
On purpose. That’s what it’s all about. No matter your situation, position, job… be on purpose. Play with your children on purpose. Cook your meals on purpose. Make your bed on purpose. Smile at your husband on purpose. If you are working outside the home, be proud of what you are doing for your family and do it on purpose. God gave you that job for a reason.
I think if we all just breathe some gratitude into our actions and put some purpose in our days we’ll be more at peace with where God has us, right now.
** One, maybe two more posts in the Mommy, Come Home series and then it’s your turn to tell your stories. Get them ready! And… I have an awesome giveaway planned. Three winners!
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