Finding God in the Everyday Tasks of Homemaking
- Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I found myself praying specifically for one person this morning. I heard myself saying, Lord, please be there for this person. Then I caught myself. Of course God is there. He’s always there.
So I changed my prayer around and prayed that this person would find God through her circumstance. That God would become real to her!
I’ve prayed that for myself many times. I was recently challenged by a reader’s comment, asking me what I do when life gets me down, or I get caught up in the everyday aspects of being a wife and mother.
Will you address in a future post what you do to get yourself out of homemaking doldrums and back into the spirit of a keeper of the home? Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the many tasks of homemaking and the whole thing starts to feel boring and/or overwhelming. What can we do to kick start ourselves into being excited over our callings as homemakers?
What's so mundane about homemaking? Repetitiveness of household chores! The feeling that you just did the dishes four hours ago or you just vacuumed the floors the day before yesterday -- and now it all needs to be done again. I’d say every woman knows this feeling!
I rarely find myself in the doldrums because I keep a pretty active life with working from home and keeping up with three active kids and a busy husband. But when my children were younger, I definitely found it easier to find it all “mundane.” And most of you who have visited my home know that I do not have a perfect house. I have given many women permission to not be perfect simply by inviting them through my front doors!
So out of these few tips I have found to be helpful in my life, I bet one or two may resonate with you:
Change your Routine
I’m a big believer in exercise. It makes me a more cheerful mom and wife, and of course is essential for my health. If you are in a rut, get out! Change your routine up a bit. Find a friend to do something different physically and make a change. I have running partners I am so thankful for. But I’m adding in a new “hill climb” walk on Wednesday mornings with a friend I’ve never exercised with. I’m looking forward to our time together!
Read Something Inspiring
I’ve always encouraged women to start their day off in the Word or reading something inspiring. One time when I was really down in the dumps, I went through Beth Moore’s Get Out of that Pit. It was a personal study that helped me out of my pit and back into the land of the living. Seriously, for that season in my life, God changed my life! Starting my day off with inspiration always changes my attitude and gets me going in the right direction for the day.
Look for a Need
When I have found myself down, it’s a sure sign that I am not giving myself away to others. I am constantly looking for ways to offer help to others when my schedule allows. Just today I picked a kindergartener up from school to help out his parents. It was 30 minutes out of my day that was actually fun. We went to Wendy’s together and ate lunch. And little Perry is old enough to find toys around my house and just “hang” while I get my work done.
Find Someone to Encourage
There is always someone who could use a listening ear. Or perhaps someone who comes to your mind who you could visit, help, or even send a note in the mail to. With today’s technology, how about sending a quick email? Or if you are a blogger, send a positive comment or note? I have received so many positive comments regarding my blog. And I don’t take them lightly – I am grateful for the encouragement that I receive.
Give to Someone
How about finding a family that you know is struggling and take them a meal – just because? Or drop off a loaf of bread, jam, or even something you’ve picked up from the grocery store? You can always send a care package in the mail to friends or college students. Or if you have a lot of time, give the gift of time! I struggle with giving the gift of time because I am in the busiest season of my life right now. I recognize that, and I embrace it. I will keep my family as priority and not get side-tracked. But I still look for ways to give.
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