Have you ever read a particular Scripture verse and it really stuck out to you? This happened to me the other day. It stopped me in my tracks, and made me reevaluate the way I viewed being a keeper at home.
You see, not too long ago, I didn’t really like to stay at home. I felt like it didn’t matter where I was as long as my children were with me. Yep, I was silly and foolish. The LORD was so good to convict me of this, even before I really read Proverbs 7:11 with eyes of discernment.
She was the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home.
This verse is talking about a prostitute. Solomon was listing her negative attributes which included being brash, rebellious, and never being content to stay at home.
How often are stay-at-home wives and mothers not content to stay at home? Lots of times, unfortunately. And I was right there with them.
In contrast, if we look at Titus 2, we see that godly women are to be discreet, obedient and keepers at home. We really need to stop and ask ourselves a few questions at this point.
Do I want to be brash or discreet?
Do I want to be rebellious or obedient?
Do I want to never be content at home or a keeper at home?
Do I want to share characteristics with a prostitute or a godly woman?
Ouch. These are some tough questions. It is hard to live in a culture where we are told women should work outside of the home. It is hard to live in a culture where we are told that home is boring, and the world’s amusements are better. But we must choose to focus on the Word of God and ignore the things that are contrary to it.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. Besides abiding in the LORD, one thing that has helped me enjoy staying at home much more often is to soak in all of the little moments going on around me. Snuggling with my children. Planting flowers. Playing a game. Reading God’s Word. All of these small things matter, and my family needs me to be a gatekeeper here.
How our world would change if older women would teach younger women the joy of being a keeper at home!
Staying at home isn’t drudgery. It is a joy and privilege. After I shook off the world, I realized how thankful I am that the LORD has called me to it.
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