The other day I filled out a survey. When asked “occupation” I checked off “homemaker”. This simple check mark got me thinking…what does being a homemaker even mean? I had never really thought about the word before, but now as I lie here nursing my beautiful daughter and listening to the waves coming from my son’s room as he naps, I realize that this is a profound word. Homemaker. Maker of the home. Now I’m sure there are various interpretations of what this should entail or what a home should be like, but I couldn’t help thinking that my job is a monumental one!
I truly feel like I am called to be a stay-at-home mom right now and yet, if I admit it, I don’t know if I always treat my day-to-day as a calling! Sure, I’m pretty good at making meals, keeping the house fairly orderly, changing diapers, decorating and entertaining my kids and husband, but is that what it means to make a home? I think there’s something more. And I think it comes down to what kind of home I want to make.
I want my home to be a place where God’s love is known. I want His love and joy to be oozing out of the dusty corners! And yet, I so often fall short. I get impatient, irritable, selfish, distracted and I don’t invite Christ into my home daily. I’m not the wife and mom I want to be, BUT thankfully I can ask God for His direction and strength. And that’s what I’m going to do! You can hold me to it! From here on out I’m going to let God make my home what it needs to be, because isn’t that the point? If He makes the home, then it will be one filled with His love.
So, on the next survey I might write “homemaker’s assistant”.
“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” Psalm 127:1a
“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.'” John 14:23