What Does It Mean To Be A Christian Homemaker?
The art of homemaking will never go out of style and each woman has to find her own path into this beautiful symphony of love, light, and grace.
Exuding the attributes of a homemaker can be daunting for some and for some it comes naturally. Many new wives are ill-equipped for taking on the task of running a home. Be that as it may, anyone can learn to be a Christian Homemaker.
If you’ve got a desire to serve your family the way the Lord served the church, then you’re already half-way there.
What Does It Mean To Be a Christian Homemaker?
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When my husband and I were first married, I was a terrible homemaker, at least in my eyes. My husband never complained because he grew up in a household of arguing, fighting, and drugs, so for him, any type of cleanliness and morality was a step up.
That being said, it still took years for me to feel as though I was a good housewife and mother. Take for example, I still have not mastered the gift of hospitality. When we have company, I often forget to ask people if they’d like something to drink.
My sister, on the other hand, is an incredible hostess. People will go to her house and stay for hours, feeling welcome and at ease.
I imagine part of my inability to do this properly stems from the fact that as an introvert, I find myself exhausted and counting down the minutes until my guests leave.
Yes, I know, that’s horrible but it’s the truth. Now, if your a friend or family member reading this, please don’t take that the wrong way. You are always more than welcome to come over and stay as long as you’d like.
So What Exactly Is A Christian Homemaker?
Merriam-Websters defines homemaking as, “one who manages a household especially as a spouse and parent.”
Now, take that definition and add the love and joy of serving in Christ and you’ve got a Christian homemaker. A spouse who keeps the home and is in charge of appointments, doctors visits, parties, bills, cleaning, vacation, etc. is considered a homemaker.
While this post is geared towards moms and wives, there are definitely many men in today’s world who are excellent homemakers, probably better than their counterparts.
Being a Christian homemaker requires a steadfast heart, a desire to serve the like the Lord served, an ability to see things through, and a tough exterior.
It is no easy task to be a homemaker but it is utterly rewarding. I have been a homemaker for going on 21 years and it’s been one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever done. However, it hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses.
As I stated before, it has taken me many years to be able to consider myself a “good” homemaker. I know I have fallen short on many occasions but the grace of God has always seen me through.
Funny story, when Nathen and I were first married, I did not know how to cook. At least not very well. Sure, I could make eggs and french toast but I had a lot to learn.
Well, during the first couple years of marriage, I made so much Hamburger Helper that now, neither one of us can look at a box without gagging a little.
Ah, but praise God, He helped me grow and learn to become a pretty awesome cook. And thanks to my husband’s grandma, she taught me how to make his favorite dishes.
So, if you’re new to homemaking, don’t fret, it will come and once you master the art of Christian homemaking, you’ll wonder why you worried about it in the first place.
A Few Tips and Tricks
In Colossians 3:23, we are told to do everything as unto the Lord. That means whether we are cleaning, cooking, taking care of the children, making appointments, whatever it is, we are to do it with a whole heart working for the Lord.
When trying to get your house in order, it’s important to keep in mind, that you are doing this for everyone else. Yep, that’s the way it works. It’s challenging but to me, that’s what makes it interesting.
I love trying to figure out new ways to bless my family and help them grow in Christ as well as make visitors feel at home. If you need help decorating your home to make it more “homey,” check out Pinterest. There are loads of DIY crafts.
I encourage you to keep a planner. It makes life so much easier and you’ve got everything in one place. Personally, if I don’t write it down, it’s lost. I have far too much going on to be able to remember every appointment, meeting, or kids function that’s is coming up.
Another thing to remember is to take one day at a time. While it’s important to plan and take care of the future, we need to be present for the present, if you know what I mean.
Here is a small list of things that make up the Christian homemaking lifestyle…
Spending Time In Prayer
Reading God’s Word
Sewing A Button
Learning To Be Frugal/Couponing
Learn To Make Your Own Body Products
Use Wisdom In Decision Making
Be Fun and Spontaneous
Greet Your Spouse At The Door
Take Care Of Yourself
This list is only a few of the things that make up a Christian homemaker. When you are the light and love of Christ, homemaking seems to come a little more naturally.
what does it mean to be a christian homemaker?
It’s the time spent in prayer and silent reverence with God, that He imparts Himself into you filling you with the needed strength and wisdom to be servant.
Homemaking is not hard but it does require dedication. I hope this has been helpful in your pursuit of being a Christian homemaker. What the one tip you regularly do to treat your family?
Have a blessed day.