Hello everyone! Since my last post, I have been hard at work! Working on “the book”; working on a new (and very Wonderful) prayer project (more on that soon, I hope:) ); working on an unexpected writing opportunity for a children’s book (!); but beyond all of that I have been just working.
Let me explain myself…
before I am a writer- I am a Wife & Mother
before I am a novice website designer- I am a Wife & Mother
before I am an aspiring author- I am a Wife & Mother
before I add any new objectives to my job description- I am a Wife & Mother
A couple of years ago I had the unexpected pleasure of teaching my oldest daughter, Anna Grace, about this very subject. We were on the way home from school one afternoon when she looked at me point blank and said, “Mama, why don’t you work, you know up-town, away from the house?”. I was stunned for a moment but quickly recovered by the powerful gentleness of the Lord and ever so sweetly explained to her that I was employed in the greatest profession a woman could enter. We briefly discussed the role of a mother: laundry, preparing meals, keeping the house clean, family errands, on-call chauffeur, child trainer :), etc. We talked about how important a good mama is in the family setting and how if she is wise, builds her house up not tears it down. We finished up our mini Titus 2:4-6 discussion just as I was pulling into the driveway. Once I parked, she never skipped a beat as she got out of the car and headed in the house for a much-needed afternoon snack. And that was it. She has never asked me why I don’t work a public job since that day but…. her ideas of what she wants to do with her adult life have shifted some. Now she would like to pursue a career that can be postponed upon starting a family. She has begun to see the value in having a mother who can keep the home and love her husband and children.
And one day, she will come to appreciate it!
So, two years later not much has changed, overall. Daily task like laundry and dirty dishes are still conquered, but only for a blink in time. The sinks that are so shiny and white when I leave the bathroom mysteriously develop mint-flavored streaked blobs when I return. There is no dirt on the floor or dust on the furniture if we all hold our breaths long enough. The hands of time are persistent and never offer any extra hours in the day.
I believe this very scenario of mundane, repetitive work is just the same as it has been through the ages. The writer(s) of Proverbs thought it unnecessary to record the date when he/they penned down such wise words but I feel like it would be safe to say that although the methods of a woman’s primary profession have evolved, the tasks are still the same.
So, besides running errands, cooking and hauling the cubs to piano lessons, choir and goat practice, I have managed to work in some writing time!!! Wanna peek? Great, cause I might just bust if I don’t share just a little of what the Lord is helping me put together 🙂 🙂 🙂
***an excerpt from a potential Chapter 2 in “the book”…
A Successful Help Meet is Thankful
Thankfulness comes so easy when everything is going our way and when we have the things we enjoy, but it is sometimes hard to come by if we feel like we lack something that we want.
Are You a complainer? Do you complain to your husband about the bills, the weather, where you live, the church, etc.? Do you find yourself complaining inwardly or to others about your husband?
- he doesn’t make enough money & we have to do without
- he doesn’t clean up behind himself
- he doesn’t help out around the house enough
- he spends too much time or money on the computer or on a hobby
- he doesn’t pray and study the bible enough
- he doesn’t spend enough time with the family
- he doesn’t…..
The list could go on and on but lets not dwell on the faults of your husband. Let’s talk about changing you. Let’s talk about being Thankful!
(But what if your husband is lazy, selfish, rude, messy, and everything else in between, Then what?)
Truth: Complaining WILL NOT change your husband or his ways but being thankful and having a joyful heart will help You do what God has designed for you to do and that is to be your husband’s helper- his Help Meet.
Nine years ago, my hand probably would have cramped up writing those words. Back then, I was so sure that I was just lovely and my husband was the one who needed critical, biblical structure in his life- to love his wife as Christ loved the church. It turned out though, that the more I studied God’s word and desperately sought for His help for my marriage, the more I realized that it was really me who wasn’t following God’s blueprint for a Godly wife and mother. I had failed and didn’t even know it. My honest desire in writing this book is to help other wives and yet to be married women alike to rise up and embrace the calling on their lives to honor God by honoring their husbands as Help Meets.
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