Homemaking with Purpose (on Purpose)
Did you know that God is up to something eternal in the midst of your homemaking?
Stay-at-home-moms of little children, you don’t need to get them into school in order to start doing something purposeful with your life. You’re already doing it!
Working women and moms, you don’t need to wait for life to be simpler to live in the warm rays of eternity and abundance. You are here now.
Childless housewives and empty-nesters, children are not the crux of purpose, the Resurrection is. God is up to something, and you are part of it!
What does it look like for the making of a home to matter eternally? Well, when you know your purpose, you can live out of that place. Instead of resenting work, we will embrace it for the sake of the kingdom of God.
Here’s what I mean…
We work hard for God’s glory
You may have noticed by now that there is no “arriving” at a clean and perfectly put-together home. We live in the reality of the curse that God decreed over Adam and Eve as a result of sin. Our work is perpetually frustrated.
- No sooner is the laundry done than there are five new sets of clothes to be washed (at least in my household).
- No sooner is one meal cleaned up than someone tells me they are hungry.
- No sooner do my cleaning supplies reach their resting place than a child presses her sticky hands and sweet little face against the window to admire a passing butterfly.
Romans 8:20-21 says,
“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” (NIV)
Creation was subjected to frustration so that it may be brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. As children redeemed by the blood of Jesus, we live in glory and freedom right now, even in the midst of decay. Though we are bound up in this world in one sense, in another sense we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom, we are redeemed.
Our Heavenly Father infuses our work in this world with great hope and eternal purpose. He says these words (which completely changed my homemaking when I re-read them with an understanding of futility),
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
When we work hard for God’s glory He brings eternal meaning into our futile efforts. He tells us we will receive an inheritance as our reward. Our diligent, unacknowledged laboring is achieving for us an eternal glory. That is no small promise!
We create order and cultivate beauty
Beauty, creativity, order… these are God’s idea! He created this world with every possibility that we now enjoy for design, color, and splendor. These gifts reflect His very nature, and when we enjoy and express creativity, we are acting as we were created to act, in His image.
When we decorate and design our homes as an offering unto Him, as an expression of who He is, He is glorified! Of course we should not be prideful or vain or wasteful, but we should enjoy and express God’s goodness.
It is amazing how much a bouquet of wildflowers (or three) will do for my motivation. I have to keep this counter cleared off so I can enjoy them! I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated summer more than this year. It’s good to be back outside the city limits. #sweetsummertime #itsthesimplethings #homemaking
We show love
There is nothing, nothing in this world more purpose-saturated than love.
1 Corinthians 13 says it strongly,
“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3, NIV)
If we have the most consistent cleaning schedule, with our laundry always done on time, home-cooked meals every night, and well-tended flower beds, and if we show hospitality to others, but do it for a reason other than love, it is utterly meaningless.
Because this world and all it holds is passing away.
Pride and personal glory are as fleeting as the flowers of the field, here today and gone tomorrow. But love, love tips the scales. When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and when we love our spouse, child, friend, neighbor and enemy with an outflow of HIs love in us and allow it to fuel our actions, the simplest of tasks becomes the most gloriously significant.
Where there are beautiful homes, they will cease, where there is the admiration of others, it will pass away, as one day very soon we stand before the judgement seat of Christ.
And then, “these three remain, faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Yes, your homemaking has deep-rooted, rich, and abundant purpose, should you chose to embrace it. Don’t wait!
How do you live purposefully as a homemaker?
Do you ever wonder how some women make running a home look so natural?
I certainly have!
However, after many years of watching my friends who do this well, and after much trial and error, I’ve boiled it all down to 3 essential daily habits. With these 3 habits in place, a home can function pretty well! Without them, it will be perpetual catchup.
While I used to feel like a failure as a homemaker, I know feel a sense of success and satisfaction.
I’d love to share these 3 simple (secret) daily habits with you. If you focus your energy into establishing them, I believe you will achieve the same breakthrough in your homemaking that I did.
Can I share my secrets with you?
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Wow, what a refreshing amazing read. I love how you not ashamed of the gospel and you keep raising being a homemaker.
You got my attention and I’m grateful to come across your blog.
Love all from South Africa
We need to read more posts like this! You did a wonderful job of speaking praise of the honor of being at home!
Your blog feels like such a breath of fresh air for my soul! As a newly engaged woman who is planning on working, being able to balance a job calling and my calling to my home is an intimidating thought. I feel genuinely welcome to learn here, and not that I need to change to honor everything God has called me to. Thank you!!!
Thank you for this reminder if what i do is not in vain! I work part time and have a husband and kids. I feel like i am always struggling to keep up with my housework. I know my husband and kids and myself are so much better off with me just working part time so i can manage our home and lives. Thanks for the biblical reminder that my purpose is valued!
Thank you Tracy!
Wow. This spoke to me in so many ways. Thank you so much for taking the time to give such a wonderful message. God bless you.