With laundry and dishes and messy floors and dust and clutter, homemaking can seem a daunting and thankless job. When we let Scripture determine our categories and definitions and mission, however, we realize that biblical homemaking is a service to God and His people, and so we can rejoice as stewards in the place God has put us.
Homemaking 101 ought not be about cleaning lists and chores, but about loving and serving people, making homes in which they – and we – can flourish.
This month inside the Convivial Circle community we’re talking all about homemaking.
Biblical Homemaking is not about achieving a certain look or state in the home. Biblical Homemaking is a process, a service, of love through hospitality to those who live in and enter into our home.
That means that what HGTV, magazines, and Pinterest call homemaking, probably isn’t. Homemaking isn’t about decor or style or expressing ourselves. Homemaking is, according to the dictionary, “the creation and management of a home, especially as a pleasant place in which to live.”
So this month we’re tackling what it looks like to manage our home in such a way that it’s a pleasant place to live. In fact, I have a special brain dump guide specifically about thinking through biblical homemaking. The guide will help you work out these ideas in your own specific context and for your own family’s needs.
But for now, let’s dig in.
Biblical homemaking –
I think homemaking, old-fashioned as it may sound, is the perfect name for our role as women in the home, whether we do or do not do other work inside of or outside of the home.
People need homes. If there is to be a home for people, then someone has to make it.
When we make homes, we are imitating God. He made this earth as a home and He prepared a garden as a special home for Adam. Jesus, right now, is in heaven preparing a place for us. When Jesus returns, we will receive an eternal home, a renewed and restored heaven and earth.
So when we make homes here in this already-but-not-yet time, we are imitating God and giving those who enjoy our homes (ourselves included, I hope), a foretaste of future glory.
Cooking, cleaning, corralling clutter – these aren’t ends in themselves and that’s why we’re frustrated when we make them first things instead of means to the real end of creating a home in which people can flourish.
It’s biblical homemaking if we are doing the work not for ourselves, but for God’s glory, as an obedient response to His call on our life to serve him and others.
- 10 Tips for Beginning Homemakers (at Thankful Homemakers)
- Homemaking 101
- Homemaking means making homes
- What hospitality taught me about homemaking
Imagine ending your day satisfied instead of frustrated, because even though your lists aren’t all checked off, you know you’ve done what matters most.
That’s exactly what we learn to do and what we practice daily inside Continuing Education for homemakers at Simply Convivial.
- Learn from gospel-centered homemaking & homeschooling self-paced courses you can navigate on your own terms. Level up your plans and progress, one step at a time.
- Find a community of likeminded women, working to find what’s important, and do it – every day.
- Get support through ongoing conversation, discipleship, and prompts to increase your skill and your motivation as we spur one another on to love and good works.
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