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When my children were young, it seemed as though I was always feeding someone, doing laundry, or trying to keep some sense of order to the house. I finally realized that everyone in the family was dependent on me for the basic necessities of life: Food, Clothing, and Shelter. Once I realized this, it made sense that this was where all my energy was going. Then I could change my focus.
Food: Grocery shopping, cooking, feeding the family, nursing babies, washing the dishes, packing lunches.
Clothing: Doing laundry, putting laundry away, buying clothes, repairing clothes, even making clothes, dressing the little ones.
Shelter: Keeping the house tidy, vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, decorating, making beds, overseeing remodels, gardening, providing a safe haven.
Elizabeth George in her book, “A Woman’s High Calling” wrote:
Home is a haven. A haven is a safe place. It’s a harbor and a port where vessels and wayfarers find shelter. And shouldn’t our homes offer such shelter and safety to our cherished family? Shouldn’t our home be a haven of rest for the weary souls that leave its portals each morning and arrive back at dusk? Shouldn’t a heart and home of love await each battered and bruised soul who returns to its sanctuary each evening? When night falls (or school is out or work is done), shouldn’t there be one place on earth where each person’s well-being is important to someone else? Well, my friend, you and I as homemakers are that someone else! And we have the privilege of preserving the health and quality of life of those under our care.
Many women want to fight this by asking, why me? Can’t it be someone else?
Titus 2:3-5 (New King James Version) states:
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
It seems that we have dropped the ball somewhere along the way. The older women are no longer instructing the younger women to be homemakers. Generations are now growing up without the safe haven and in turn not providing the safe haven for their families. Let’s turn back the tide. Let’s find that lost apron.
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