As a Christian mom, I often look to the Scriptures when trying to follow God’s will for my life. There is so much that I need help with! Maybe you can relate. From discipleship, to mothering, to being a wife, to homemaking, and to earning a paycheck while staying inside of the home. There is always so much on my mind.
I often wonder if I’m putting my best foot forward, and giving my children all that they need. Since I have six daughters, I wonder if I’m modeling Christ-like behavior for them to follow. I mess up so often. I’m so grateful that we serve a great God who is full of grace, and points me in the right direction whenever I inevitably stumble.
Our daughters are pretty special, ladies. Psalm 144:12 says, “Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace.” (NASB).
The KJV puts it this way:
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.
While the Bible has so many awesome things to say about our sons, I want to focus on our daughters today. Psalm 144:12 whispers an amazing message that applies to each of us in the here and now.
While the psalmist likens our sons to plants, our daughters are compared to corner pillars fashioned for a palace. Corner stones.
Corner stones and pillars have a very important job. They hold our home, or “palace,” together. I would like to suggest that each home that honors God is much more than a simple house. They are places of worship, each as beautiful as a palace.
Inside of my bright-eyed daughter, who lights up my life with sloppy kisses and exuberance, is a strong pillar meant to hold a home together.
As we all know, time passes (as much as we sometimes wish it didn’t) and one day that little girl will turn into a woman. It’s happened to all of us. As women of God, we are instructed in Titus 2 to be a keeper at home.
What exactly does a keeper at home do? Well, she keeps watch over her family. She feeds her family and fills them with life. She fills her home with beauty. She is a homemaker.
And that homemaker? She is the same corner pillar, the same cornerstone, that she was in her youth.
Ladies, God uses us to hold our family together. We are not weak, we are strong. We are ordained by God to be a back bone of strength to our families. We are the gatekeepers. We are ministers.
This isn’t the typical sentiment that you hear about homemakers, is it?
But we can rest in this truth, since it is found in God’s TRUTH. We can also know that God hasn’t left us alone to fulfill this high calling on our own. He sent His Son Jesus to save us, and give us grace. We can look to Him when we fall short while ministering to our families. Because ladies, we all fall short if God isn’t working in our lives.
God’s extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people in the seeming obscurity of a home and family.
-Neal A. Maxwell
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