This was evident yet again when he stayed home Sat morning while I took #1 and #2 to a birthday party. When I returned home the kitchen floors were shining, the house smelled good, laundry had been washed, folded and put away. And I was only gone 2 hours. How is it that he got more accomplished in those two hours than I got done all week. Recent surgery and children at home aside, Mr. Brick truly is better around the house than I am.
And I am ready for that to change. As I was growing up I often thought about what I would be when I grew up. Maybe a journalist, a counselor, or a teacher. While I do occassionally work in the preschool and have for 6 years it is not my career. I am a homemaker. And I feel called to creating a home for my family. I am just not very good at it. Which makes me even more sure it must be what God has planned for me because I have always heard that he doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called. Which is why I am going to strive to be the woman God wants me to be.
This is going to require prayer on my part. Prayers for energy, endurance, patience, discernment, and goodness of motivation. Because I also enjoy praise and accolades from other people when I do something I think was good. However, I am going to cling to the following Bible verse:
Even when I am scrubbing the toilet or emptying the dishwasher for the 2nd time in one day. And I am going to refrain from pointing out all the things I did that day as soon as Mr. Brick walks thru the door in the evening.Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for
the Lord, not for menColossians 3:23
I read a book a few years ago called A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George. Man, this woman is the energizer bunny and sounds too good to be true. However, her book is full of scripture and gives and ideal to grow towards. The scripture I am looking at right now?
"....admonish the young women to be homemakers..." Titus2:4-5
With the following quote,
When we get up every morning with a fresh prayer for our home
in our heart, and a burning passion for building our home in our soul, when
we acknowledge the priority, and pledge to better the lives of the people at
home by bettering the place of home, and then practice the many tasks that
such love requires, in time we master the skills of homemaking."
Now some of you are not married. Some of you are not even female. But for those of you that are married and do feel led to make your house a home I would love to hear your best tip for homemaking. And don't send me to www.flylady.net, I am not ready for that yet :)