Part 4 of this series looks at verse 13. The verse says: She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. The part that sticks out to me about this verse is that the good wife works with eager hands. I’ll be the first one to tell you that I am not always eager to work, especially after a long day at the office. I know that if certain things don’t get done on a daily basis, it could create more chaos for my family. I definitely want to avoid that!
My perspective on housework has definitely changed in the past few years. I try to keep in mind how blessed we are to have a nice house to keep up with. It is important to take care of what the Lord has blessed us with and to be thankful for it. A messy, cluttered house creates chaos and stress for those that live there. I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t want to be responsible for adding stress to my family, so that is motivation enough for me to do housework.
Whether they tell you or not, most husbands really appreciate a clean house. They like clean laundry. They like to know where things are and not have to search for them. They like knowing that you keep the fridge and pantry stocked. They like knowing they will have a home cooked meal at the end of a long day. Sometimes these tasks can seem mundane, but we need to remember they are a labor of love for our families.
Do you struggle with being motivated to do housework? I encourage you to look online and find a cleaning schedule that works for you. Make a list of chores that need to get done daily in order to keep things running smoothly. Get rid of clutter, the less you have the less you have to clean. It is so much easier to keep a tidy home when you don’t have a bunch of useless stuff.
Let’s be good stewards of what we have been given and work hard to keep our homes clean and running smoothly. I found this saying online about a year ago (I can’t remember where), but it is such a good reminder of why we should be thankful to have housework to do.
Thank you Lord for the abundance of laundry which means we have an abundance of clothes.
Thank you Lord for dirty dishes that say our tummies are full today.
Thank you Lord for crumbs on the floor that say God has given us our daily bread.
Thank you Lord for beds to make that say we have a warm cozy home.
Thank you Lord for wet towels on the floor that say we have running water for washing.
Thank you Lord for the bills today that say we have electricity, phone service, and more.
Thank you Lord for all those grocery bags in the back of my car I have to haul in and put away. It means you Lord, have provided food yet again for my family.
Strength & Dignity Part 4 action item:
Pick a room of your home to de-clutter this week, and take all unneeded items to a charity.
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