The label, homemaker, tends to bring to mind Beaver’s mom from the old TV show, Leave It To Beaver. I’ve been a stay at home mom before, and believe me, I never looked like her. But, then again, I was never looked upon with quite the respect that Beaver’s mom seemed to have.
When I quit the world of employment and came home, many people criticized me. I was asked why I would waste my education, especially since I had a Masters degree. I was also made to feel guilty because I no longer brought home money to help my husband support our family.
I quickly gained answers for both arguments. First, I never wasted any of my education. I homeschooled our daughter and needed every brain cell I had gained. Second, God blessed us at this time because we had just moved into an area with a much lower cost of living than the one we had lived in before. Plus, no amount of money could replace the calling to educate our daughter at home.
I have come to realize that we moms are all called to be homemakers and homekeepers. Some of us have the opportunity to do this full time and others must do it while juggling a needed income-earning job.
The dictionary defines homemaker as one who manages a household. I must argue that a homemaker is much more than that. Make carries these meanings: bring about, cause, create, effect, generate, assemble, construct, build, and to cause to exist, occur, or appear. Keep means to take care of, guard, and maintain. Keeper means one who cares for another or another’s property.
Really marinate these definitions with being a Christian homemaker and homekeeper. God has blessed us with family to care for as well as the place we find shelter. But it’s all on loan from God. He entrusts us with our family and our home. This implies much more than the dictionary definition of homemaker. We are called to create a Christian home by building a foundation of faith in our family and generating God’s love in all we do. We are to guard our homes from Satan’s influence by calling on God in prayer. And we maintain this godly atmosphere through communing with God through His Word.
There’s so much more we could take just from the defining words above to characterize the Christian homemaker and homekeeper. Please, let this be an encouragement to you. Making and keeping our homes is the most important and yet difficult job you’ll ever do. But the reward is establishing a godly foundation and legacy for your loved ones to hold to. Making and keeping a godly home means they’ll always know a place they are loved and cared for, and they’ll have learned that your love and care is based on God’s love and care, which is never-ending.
So, go ahead, call me a homemaker. I’ll bow my head and pray that God will make me a faithful one who will hear well done.
Proverbs 31:29-31 “‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”