I am loving the responses to this series along with great questions! Keep them coming!
There was great joy when each one of our five grandkiddos started to take those sweet little baby steps. Not one of them jumped up from the crawl and took off running. They would take those tiny steps, fall down, get up, and try again.
Of course, us older folk would be right there cheering them on, clapping for them and telling them, "Come on – you can do it!"
Baby steps are important. Every woman who learned how to be purposeful as a home keeper took them.
That’s the heart of this series is to encourage a willing woman to take baby steps forward to being on purpose as a home keeper so that she can create a home that is sanctuary.
The baby steps I’ve mentioned have been purposed to lay a foundation – almost like building a home. A home needs a good foundation. When you build a home you start with the foundation – not the walls – not the stuff inside.
Some of the foundational issues I’ve addressed are:
The need to make a heart attitude assessment.
Understanding that God gave the woman the role of bringing order and establishing peace in her home.
Understanding that home is to be that place of sanctuary and peace providing restoration of the soul for the family.
Considering those sanctuary robbers.
Understanding the need to manage time margins.
Character over convenience
Attitude is just about everything
Understanding the husband’s role as God’s authority in the home
Benefits to the marriage being a purposeful home keeper
This morning’s Baby Step topic is to address one more reason why a woman would want to become purposefully as a home keeper – reap reward as a home keeper and find joy as a home keeper so that sanctuary can be created.
This topic has to do with the Simple Home Principles that I wrote about here.
Today’s assignment is for you revisit your role – as a wife, mother, and home keeper. Think about your home being your realm of influence. Think of your role being like the heart of the home.
Ask yourself: is the way I function in my role a blessing or a burden to my husband?
Ask yourself: does the heart of my husband trust me? Is he confident that I will have him in mind during the day as I prepare my home to be sanctuary for him when he walks in the door? Or, will disaster (no dinner, dirty kids, un-done, overwhelmed, complaining and anxious wife) hit him the moment he walks in from the war of the world?
Ask yourself: what would peace look like in my home and then what is my role in establishing that peace?
As you ask yourself these questions – keep this in mind: the some of a husband’s role is to create and establish vision for his home, communicate that vision and lead his family forward in that vision. He’s to be the provider and protector and spiritual leader. How do you help or hinder that?
See ya tomorrow!