Christian Home-Making Ponderings for Today
Thoughts from lately:
1. People who do not live according to the truths of God’s word do not get to enjoy the promises of God’s word as much as they could.
Reading Proverbs last month reminds me that then, and now, people are bull-headed by nature and would rather pursue self than God. Lord, make us real seekers of your heart!
2. Negativity, criticism, and judgement: downers. To try to raise a standard is fine. Nit-picking is not okay and is damaging. There is a fine line between the two. What is it?
Raising a standard tries to lift people up and wants the to know truth. Nit-picking just doesn’t like something someone is doing and it is a reactionary impulse that is often hurtful and demeaning. It isn’t intended that way. We just get short with each other. I’ve done both.
Sometimes, we all just reach our limit. Other times we have our own issues that are keeping us from being where we need to be with others. Lord, help us to be gentle with one another, well-balanced, and in step with Your Spirit. Give us grace for one another, perseverance, and steadfastness so that we can deal with each other’s ups and downs.
Reading Galations is reminding me to not return to being a slave of the law, but also to not go back to being a slave to the expectations of others, but to follow You and You alone in obedience. That is where I will walk in peace and know the full fruit of what you have in store.
3. Overwork hurts everyone in the family and it cannot sometimes be helped.
Lord, help us to bear with one another in our weakness, and to pray for one another that we may be healed.
4. Staying ahead of the game helps diffuse stress, makes new problems less large, and keeps a better emotional climate for the home. I’m experiencing this with a cleaning schedule lately and am appreciating these benefits. Today is a much needed day of reflection, rest, and writing. Lord, help us to handle our own loads well so that we are serving one another in love, not in rush, hurry, or frustration. This is a skill I’ve needed. Thank you for beginning to teach me.
5. Thank you for books and online communities when I need to be challenged in what I am doing and get discouraged. It is difficult to be a stay-at-home homemaker. People seem to have the wrong impression of what I do and it is often discouraging in today’s world. Help me to stay faithful to what you are calling me to do today and not to worry about naysayer’s so much. Your favor and blessing are the desire of my heart.
6. Hearing the impulses of God. It seems lately I feel impulses to do things, but I am missing out on the pivotal moment that would have held the most encouragement for the intended party. Lord, remind me of the importance of time with you, worship, and sweetness of your heart so that I more often hit those pivotal moments.