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?”
“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)
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.