For those of you playing along...(if you've just joined us you can get caught up a bit here) we are on week 35 of the book Queen of the Castle: 52 weeks of encouragement for the uninspired, domestically challenged or just plain tired homemaker.
"The Job of Queen: Homemaking As a Profession, Part 2" is the title of this chapter. I totally agree with Lynn when she writes "Confirmation for a job well done doesn't come from next Friday's paycheck but instead comes a couple of decades down the road when you hear the majestic opening notes of "Pomp and Circumstance" or "The Wedding March"." Jill Savage adds "We can't buy into the belief that accomplishment is measured by something that stays finished...The profession of motherhood has one primary goal -- to see a child grow into a mature, godly, respectful, and loving adult." Lynn continues..."We will grow discouraged in our work as homemakers if we measure success by whether or not the dining room table stays cleared of papers. ... remember the goal is not ot tend a house; the goal is to tend a family. And if that means the washing machine continually swishes, the kitchen counter is littered with snack remnants, and the family room is decorated with tennish shoes, history textbooks, and a forlorn French horn waiting to be practiced -- well, so be it. That's what raising a family looks like." Amen and Amen!!
Lynn also goes on to say that while keeping up with the business of life happens we need to have a mission, a goal for our family. Like I always say "It's good to have a goal!" We want our homes to be welcoming and comfortable. We need to reflect Christ -- in our words, actions and attitudes. As Paul wrote in Philippians, we need to "press on".
Sometimes we need a little motivation. There are books and magazines available to us to hone our homemaking skills. Organization, finances, shopping, cooking, and cleaning are all skills that must be learned! Start your own personal library. Or blog about your adventures!
Lynn suggests a few homemaking magazines and newsletters. I'll pass them along to you.
Hearts at Home www.hearts-at-home.org
Above Rubies www.aboverubies.org
An Encouraging Word www.wisgate.com
"In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they
should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high."
-- Henry David Thoreau
"A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word!" Proverbs 15:23