How do we build our homes as Christian women? How do we juggle the housework and taking care of our families WHILE actively building our homes and future generations? How can we be legacy minded with routines and schedules? Let’s dive in!
Listen to the Podcast:
You can find all the links and notes for this episode below!
Links & Resources:
- Sign up for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here
- Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com
- Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to 60% off plus free shipping
- Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50
First, we need to see what Scripture says about the household. Our faith is very practical.
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” – Titus 2: 1-8
Our faith is meant to be passed down
Duet: 6:4-9: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
What this means: the way we live and run our households matters greatly. From the dusting, to the diaper changes. From the cooking to the cuddling up and reading a book, both the actual work and the tone in our home matters.
We have a tendency in the Western Church to over emphasize the Spiritual. We focus so much on the fact that this world is not our home, that we severely neglect our physical homes in the here and now.
We are so focused on the Lord coming back at any moment, that we forget the very real possibility of our great-great-great grand children growing up to know the Lord.
And we know that God blesses generations of Christians. We need to think a lot more about how we are getting the faith down to our grand children, than what vacation we are taking next or the next netflix show we want to binge.
So when we think about legacy, and everyday routines, and big picture, and nitty gritty, we need to focus on a few things:
1. Our own behavior and attitude is of utmost importance.
It’s better to live on the corner of your roof top than with a contentious wife.
It’s better to serve walmart pizza on paper plates and have a joyful attitude than to make a 4 course meal but to be a terrible grouch throughout it.
2. The training we do in our homes, is for eternity.
In our society, it seems like since we can outsource most of the essential tasks of the home: cooking food, doing laundry, educating our kids, cleaning the house…can all be outsourced to someone else now.
so we lose the perspective that how we run and manage our homes matters greatly. There are two entire generations – millenials and Gen Z who have come or are coming into adulthood not knowing how to function as adults.
Do you know what they missed? Essential home skills like laundry, meal planning, and keeping a budget.
How can we do better? We can learn these skills oursevkes if we find ourselves lacking and we can pass them on to the next generation.
We can teach our kids how to be steadfast in the Lord while we do the 5th load of laundry today as a stomach bug sweeps the house. We can teach our kids how to have a joyful attitude while we serve and love everyone a huge Thanksgiving dinner.
We can model self discipline and the importance of a personal prayer life before our watching kids. These every day little things do matter.