I am a little behind this week on posting the chapter 9 review from our book study on The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity, but I did want to share a few encouraging quotes from the chapter. May they inspire you today!
“Home – it’s such a beautiful word! It’s the center of our lives, the place that holds us with invisible strings of love within its walls…Home is a haven from a world that is swimming with challenges and difficulty. It is a school where one learns how precious life is intended to be. It provides the context of learning to know and love my Creator, the beauty of the world he made, and His Word, which guides me. And it is the envirorment where direction and purpose and values are passed from generation to generation, protecting and preserving all that is precious in life.”
This chapter was such an encouragement to me to look above and beyond the daily responsibilities of homemaking to restoring the heart and purpose of it all. Organizing and cleaning have their place, as a messy home is not necessarily a haven, but what is my motivation and ultimate goal?
We are called to “plan and shape a home environment that provides our families with both a safe resting place and a launching pad for everything they do in the world.” This is not an easy task! “It is a commitment of heart, mind, and soul to the task of subduing (making productive) a very specific part of the earth – the domain of the home. It involves teaching minds and nurturing hearts and shaping souls, in addition to getting the rugs vacuumed and dinner on the table!”
As a homemaker, I am specifically designed to and should be devoted to making my home a consist place that is welcoming, comfortable, and life giving. That is my goal! That the Spirit of Christ would flow through each room!
I love this reminder: “The ultimate key to providing a nurturing environment in my home is me! The physical surroundings can make a difference. In the end, though, what my children and husband need most from is is not a perfect home or perfect training or a perfectly spiritual role model or a wife without faults – but a mother and wife who is committed to doing whatever it takes to love them and make a home for them!”
My final probing question to myself: How can I make my home a welcoming, comfortable and life giving environment today? How can I maintain a positive attitude and heart that desires to serve my family?
Abide in the Word of God and move to action dear sisters! My home currently needs an updated housecleaning schedule, and that’s what I am doing to take the next step after getting my heart and mind in the right place.
What did you glean from this chapter?