Earlier this morning I was glued to NPR, CNN and Fox news and the financial crisis (rooted in our own greed and materialism and spending money we don't have).
Crazy days and times are upon us and one of the things I know that helps to center me in and uncertain times is appreciating my home and spending time quieting my feminine soul in my home. The older I get the more I love being a woman in my home and creating a place that’s restful and beautiful.
I love creating sanctuary: a place where my husband, children and grandchildren want to come home to. . . a place that is a refuge, a safe harbor, a shelter. A place that is full of peace.
I love this quote by The Rebbe ~ The home should become a light that illuminates the entire street and community.
Making a house a home is God’s assignment to women and with that assignment comes the ability to either build up or tear down our homes (Proverbs 14:1).
Titus 2: 3—5 gives us some tools to build with: loving (being fond of) our husbands, training our children and keeping our homes. God gave us the job of being the home keeper. That word originally (in the Greek) meant to be a home worker.
I recently read that the home was once described as ~ a place apart . . . a walled garden in which certain virtues too easily crushed by modern life could be preserved.
One of the ways a woman shows love for her family is through the work of her hands. She is the one who creatively brings in those beauty touches from the outside to remind her family of God’s heart for them. She is the one who makes sure that every one is cared for.
Generally, she is the one who prepares nutritious food for her family. Sure, I know some men love to cook. And, even in some cultures, men are the ones who prepare the meals, but there’s just something about a woman serving her family by bring to the table a nutritious meal that she’s planned and prepared.
Now, trust me, I know that taking care of a home can be exhausting—especially for moms with little ones. In case I forget, God's blessed me with five grand-kiddos. But, keeping the home, like in any labor . . .. we must remember that we’re not just housekeepers, but we are home-makers and creating sanctuary in our homes is one of the most significant jobs we do as we invest in eternity.
Viewing the home as a Sanctuary and the kitchen as The Centering Place will help a woman understand the value of creating order in her home. I truly believe that any 'ministry' a woman does will flow from what she does from her home and especially . . . out of her kitchen. Recently, I spoke to wives in Tucson, and I unashamedly told them to, "Go home and bake cookies."
Occassionaly, I am asked how I do what I do . . .