I lived as a single man for a long, long time. I absolutely proved the old adage true, “Good things come to those who wait.” My reward was a wonderful wife in Kimberly. A wife who works tirelessly to build a home for our family.
During my long tenure as a single adult I realized the deep truth of another old adage, “A house is not a home without a woman in it.” Women just have a way of making a house a home. Generally speaking men simply do not possess the gifts and abilities to do what women can in the area of homemaking. I am sure there are some who would read those words as sexist drivel but I will stand by them in the general sense. I am sure there is a male “Martha Stewart” out there but such possibilities are for another post on another day.
I will take it upon myself today to send a message of love and encouragement to all of those ladies who sometimes question the value and worth of their efforts to turn a house into a home for their family. In short, we, and I do presume to speak for all good married men here, appreciate you! We are thankful for you! We love you and cannot emphasize enough the value and worth of your efforts. Let me put it this way…
Five Simple Which Make a House:
- A place to lay our head
- Where you eat leftover pizza
- Light whereby one might search for something clean to wear
- The liberal use of Febreze
- A television in the corner of the living room
Five Things Which Make a Home:
- A place to relax and find refuge
- Where meals are enjoyed by family
- Order is brought to a busy lives
- Clean and fragrant smells are enjoyed
- Where time with family is enjoyed
Are you getting the bigger picture yet? We cannot, and frankly will not, do these things without the women in our lives. A home is so much more than cooking, cleaning and other household chores. Men can (and should) help with these mundane tasks! Most of us actually did these (at least occasionally) while alone! A home is a place of refuge from the world; a place to rest, be revived, inspired, rejuvenated and loved. A home is a place to be enjoyed.
Every time you light a candle, clear a counter, wash a load of laundry, cook a meal, wipe a snotty nose, pick up toys (for the millionth time), discipline a child or vacuum the floor you are doing something of infinite value for your family. You are building a home. You may not receive accolades, your family may take you for granted and the world may never know your name but your accomplishments are more valuable than money, more important than an Oscar and more meaningful than fame. You are a homemaker; the creator of a safe place to do life. You are creating the space in which your family will love, learn and enjoy God. You are building the place from which your children will launch their life and change the world.
There is so much more which could and probably should be said! Your call is from God and His Spirit is within you for the work He is accomplishing through you. He has not left you on your own! God’s grace and faithfulness are your hope in the work of making your house a home; a place where God is honored and your family is blessed.
There is no greater call nor greater life than that of the woman who gives her life to build a home.
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