Monday, June 23, 2008

Baby Steps - Day 9 - Becoming a Purposeful Home Keeper

In my series on Becoming a Purposeful Home Keeper, I'm hoping that I've stirred your heart to actually make some heart attitude assessments in your roles on the home front.

Those different roles being:
the one responsible to create sanctuary in the home
the one responsible to show unconditional respect toward the husband and learn how to get behind him in support of his vision
training your children
establishing peace and order

Becoming a Master Builder - Things to Think About When Building a Home

Today, I want to turn the corner and begin to look at how a woman can build her home and how she can tear it down with those sanctuary robbers.

I love the story about the first marriage in the Garden scene in the beginning of the Bible.

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the place with flesh. And the rib or part of his side which the LORD God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

God built women with a special purpose in mind. She has ability to do some things that man will never do. God BUILT her with an innate power of influence. By the very hand of God, she was designed to stand face to face to her man—as his support, lover and companion. She was designed to speak life-giving words to her husband’s soul.

It’s interesting - God built the woman. Read my other thought on how God built girls here.

Another place in the Bible that mentions building is in Proverbs 14:1. It says that a wise woman who builds her own home and the foolish woman tears it down.

Building something requires tools.

Building something and having it last requires a plan.

Building something requires vision for what the end product might look like.

Building something takes time and it is methodically accomplished.

Building something requires having the ability to think clearly and follow instructions.

Think about this: what are some of the tools that a wise woman uses to build her home?

There is honor in the home that has order.

Check out the woman in Proverbs 31.
She had a home of honor – because she was a woman of honor. Her worth was above rubies, pearls, and diamonds. And, when you evaluate what her home looked like (the food she prepared, the clothing she provided, the gardening she did and her little business she ran, etc.), you can see the attitude of her heart and you must come to understand that she managed her time margins well. She "looked well the ways of her household and all the days of her life she does her husband good."

As I look at her life, I see 8 Key P-31 Principles for any woman who wants to build her home to apply.

She attends to the affairs of her home.
She must be wise about how she uses the gift of time.
She takes care of herself so that she can take care of her husband and family and helpers.
She is a woman of integrity – her husband trusts in her. His heart trust in her. A woman who doesn’t understand the position of authority her husband has won't show respect to her him and a man not respected won't trust his wife. He’ll tend to always be on guard.
She thinks through the day and she sees that she’s gained from her work and that it’s good.
She’s other-centered.
She’s not afraid of the future.
She’s industrious.

Here’s your homework for the day:
What are some tools that a wise woman could use to build her home?
Describe what a home of "order" might look like?
Describe what a home that is a "sanctuary" might look like? And, what do you need to do to bring that sense of "sanctuary" into your home?

List 5 ways you can tear her house down?

The word "keeper" in the Greek means, "to guard." Awareness, strategy, and care along with wisdom are needed for a woman today.

List some ways you "keep" your home now. For more clean and fresh ideas visit here.

See you tomorrow – from London!

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3 comments:

Donna(mom24boyz) said...

What a wonderful post. I really loved being reminded of why I came to be and what my heavenly father expects of me.

Donna(mom24boyz) said...

What a wonderful post. I really loved being reminded of why I came to be and what my heavenly father expects of me.

Lylah said...

thanks donna...so glad i could partner with God today in the life of one woman who is running the race to get the prize.

may He strengthen you immensely...