Homemaking is an art, although I didn’t always see it that way.
I’m so glad that the Lord turned my heart towards home, little by little. There is now no where I’d rather be. I truly enjoy creating a lovely home for my family.
Now doing the dishes? Sometimes I’d rather be doing something else. But even the tasks we don’t enjoy are part of the art of homemaking. Each little part matters, and contributes to the whole.
I think that we take the time to see the beauty in what we create, homemaking will become more meaningful to us. There is beauty in doing the dishes, since they fed our family. There is beauty in cleaning out the closet, because it will create a more orderly home for our families to enjoy.
“A Christian, who realizes he has been made in the image of the Creator God and is therefore meant to be creative on a finite level, should certainly have more understanding of his responsibility to treat God’s creation with sensitivity, and should develop his talents to do something to beautify his little spot on the earth’s surface.”
― Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
Friends, we have been given our homes to make them beautiful. We have been created in the image of God, and were made to be like Him…to create, to make things beautiful, to make things orderly. We can do all of these things within our homes, and bring glory to Him.
Even if we hire a housekeeper to clean our homes, we can be well versed in the art of homemaking. The art of homemaking is anything we do to make our house a home. Anything at all! If what you are doing makes your home a more comfortable and welcoming place, then you are making an art form.
We don’t just walk into a home and it is automatically a pleasant place. Our homes need us to make them so.
Sometimes we might think that we need more financial means to make our homes a lovely place to live. But really, this isn’t so. I have seen some of the most beautiful humble abodes. They are filled with love. They are tidy, and have nice touches like a burning candle or soft music. Possibly they have cheerful curtains or a flower arrangement from the garden outside. All of these things say “love lives here,” and makes our homes a pleasant and peaceful place to live.
“If you have been afraid that your love of beautiful flowers and the flickering flame of the candle is somehow less spiritual than living in starkness and ugliness, remember that He who created you to be creative gave you the things with which to make beauty and the sensitivity to appreciate and respond to His creation.” – Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
We can make our homes a lovely place for our families to live. Little by little, the Lord will lead the way. I hope to talk more about homemaking and it’s importance soon.
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