We are responsible for the success, the organization, and the spirit of our homes. This is a sacred trust that we should take seriously. I have observed many Godly ladies over the years, who were excellent homemakers. I have watched, observed, and gleaned from their wisdom and example, and noticed 5 things that characterize a good homemaker.
I noticed the following things were true were about all of them:
1. They were joyful.
I can’t say that I’ve always been a joyful mom or wife, but it’s something that I strive for. It is very important for our husbands and kids to see us joyfully tending to our responsibilities. Our joy sets the right spirit for the home. Do you sing and smile throughout the day, or do your kids hear you grumbling often?
2. They were organized.
Those who are good house keepers, have learned the importance of being organized. It’s important to have a place where things belong, and keep things picked up and in their place. A lack of clutter makes for a more peaceful home.
3. They lived by a schedule.
Disciplining ourselves to schedule our time, and stick to that schedule will help us accomplish our priorities daily. Teach your kids to live by a scheduled routine also, and much stress will be avoided.
4. They were flexible.
Even though it’s important to schedule our time, life happens. Kids get sick, cars break down, etc. We can let the unexpected throw us all off, and get us upset, or we can roll with it.
The beauty of being self-disciplined and scheduling our time is that it is much easier to be flexible when needed, because we’ve kept up on the important things, and it’s not going to throw us for a loop. We will be able to easily just get right back on track.
5. They nurtured themselves spiritually.
Some of the ladies that I admire and really look up to taught me the importance of keeping my relationship with the Lord a top priority. When we keep that relationship strong and right, He speaks to us and tells us what is important. This helps us to schedule our days according to His priorities.
Also, when we nurture ourselves spiritually by regularly spending time in God’s Word and in prayer, the natural result will be that joyful heart we want to have. Spending time with Him will renew our spirit, and enable us to fulfill His plans for us daily.
Never forget how important your job is! Ask God to help you to be your BEST as a homemaker.