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I have been a wife and homemaker for 16 years. While in the beginning, I also held a full-time job outside of our home. These days, my primary role in the family is wife and mother. Its a blessing to stay home with my children. Over the years I have realized that being a homemaker is a calling, a ministry, of sorts.
There are some days where being home and caring for my family can be exhausting – I’ll admit to that. But over the last nine years, since the birth of my oldest son and resigning from my career, I have confirmed that being a homemaker is just as important job as one held outside the home. It has taken me a long time to come to terms with that fact. In speaking with other friends, who walked away from careers to being the homemaker and caretaker, its something a lot of us struggle with.
As Melissa from A Virtuous Woman writes, “… homemaking is just as important as any other type of ministry because as the wife and mother – the way our family feels at home speaks volumes about how we minister to their needs.”
I want my home to feel warm and welcoming, for there to be joy and laughter. There should be a sense of calm when you walk into our home. I want to be a better mother tomorrow than I was today. Be patient when the small things fall apart. Remember, they’re all small things. I want to speak kindness and keep my anger in check. Instead of, “Do as I say not as I do,” I want to lead by example. I want to be the wife and mother that my family deserves.
Some days are better than others.
On a day like today, when I get to sit back and reflect on what I want for our home, and for our family, I realize that I’m not hitting the mark in a lot of places. Instead of being hard on myself, or thinking myself a failure, I have decided to take the next 8 weeks and move my life, and my ministry as a homemaker, in the direction I believe it should go. In addition to decluttering and cleaning the house, its time to also get rid of the guilt, impatience, and all else which weighs on my heart.
Thank you. I have just taken this step to be a homemaker after year-old toil in the workforce chasing the ever elusive next rung on the ladder. It helps to hear others stories. Feeling a bit lonely on my journey.
Angie – You are not alone. I promise you, if you want to find your tribe of other homemakers we are out there. Follow your heart. Anytime you want to reach out, I’m here. You never need to feel alone. Have a wonderful new year!