Worshipful Homemaking – a guest post from Vintage Motherhood

Photo via Life Magazine

Scottish athlete Eric Liddell once said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” Is my goal, as a homemaker—in cleaning, cooking, and nurturing—to “get through” my checklist or is it to worship God? With every task, do I ask, “Lord, how many I use this to glorify You today?”

I’m ashamed to admit that I rarely ask the Lord how I may glorify Him through my domestic tasks; usually, I am fairly zoned out when cooking or cleaning, thumbing through my mental Rolodex at random, mulling over such deep topics as the rotten potatoes on top of the refrigerator or the fact that I still don’t have a flat stomach an entire year postpartum. Heady, I know. In all seriousness, though, it is wasted time. More than that, it is a missed opportunity for worship. Oh, Lord, give me a heart that worships You with every thought. Let my heart say yes to You as I prepare meals and pick up toys. Save me, and every woman who reads this, from the bitterness that can seep into a homemaker’s heart. Save us, Lord, from resentment—or, worse than resentment, apathy—and reignite our hearts for worship through service.
Paul cautions us in Ephesians
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
It’s so easy for me to be foolish. Robert Murray McCheyne, a pastor in Scotland who died in 1843 at the age of 29, wrote, “Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely . . . . Live much in the smiles of God. Bask in his beams. Feel his all-seeing eye settled on you in love. And repose in his almighty arms.” Wow. Read McCheyne’s quote again, slowly. My heart is bursting with joy. Can it be? Could His eye possibly be settled on me with love? Me, in all of my sinfulness and apathy? I have done nothing, Lord. Yet You love—oh, how You love. When I desire foolish things of the world, I must look instead to Christ. The Lord didn’t place me on this earth to squander nap times watching two hours of Hulu. Oh, what wasted time. Oh, I’m filled with such sadness that I’ve squandered precious hours that could be dedicated to Him, hours I could’ve used to add joy to my precious home.

I believe that God longs to see stay-at-home moms use their time at home wisely (Colossians 4:5, John 17:4), preparing meals for His glory, sweeping up Cheerios for His glory, writing blog posts for His glory, opening our homes for His glory, teaching our children for His glory, doing all things for His glory! We are the first ministers our children know, and our honest-hearted joy in homemaking is ministry. My husband has shared with me what a ministry it is to him to be greeted with a clean, peaceful home after work. Though my husband is the spiritual leader of our family, I know that I not only have the ability, but the responsibility, to minister to him as well! Homemaking is the primary ministry with which the Lord has blessed me in this season of life and, honestly, it is a season I’ve desired for years. Lord, use me. Chasten my foolish heart. Let me be Your hands and feet.

Lord, we are Your handmaids; we long to be the body of Christ. Give us strength for what lies ahead.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for allowing me to guest post on your blog, Kate! It’s quite the honor!

  2. beautifully written heather

  3. Mrs. Miller says:

    Beautifully written! I also use Inspirational podcasts while doing housework!

  4. I really needed to hear this message. Thank you.

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