physically being home

Do you desire a home that builds generations of righteousness? If so, there is something important besides the Lord being in your home; its YOU!
We as Jesus following homemakers can either be the greatest stumbling block for creating such generations, or we can help bring that to reality by building our homes up with our physical presence in our homes.
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1

Do research for yourself, and you will see the importance of a women who is physically home. Now let me clarify that I do not mean a woman must spend all her days closed between four walls. {Far from it!} I believe the importance for fresh air & sunshine – and physical exercise is a must for anyone’s emotional well-being!

 There are many things a woman can do outside the four walls of her home: working in the garden {providing food for her family}, visiting a neighbor, {showing God’s love outside her own walls}, hanging out the laundry {helping save her family money} etc…

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What I’m talking about today is the importance of being physically home.

We as homemakers can easily get distracted in activities that would, take our focus away from our homes. Something that tends to take us away from our homes – is an excessive amount of social commitments. Now, there is nothing wrong with serving in other areas in our churches, neighborhoods or volunteering. HOWEVER, we must be careful these extra commitments don’t rob from us – the time that should be spent tending to our homes, along with the hearts & souls that dwell there, and sometimes we just have to say “no” to good things.

Distractions are also located in our homes as well.

  • The Internet
  •  Television
  •  Phone
  •  Magazines & Books etc… 

 

We must learn to discipline ourselves to stay focused on the important tasks at hand, before we “play.”
When we spend so much time away from our homes, we easily become frustrated, exhausted and frazzled. When we are out, our work piles up. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m out – my laundry does not fold itself and my dishes and floors do not clean themselves. When I come back home, I’m normally worn out, tired and overwhelmed at all the work that is laid out before my eyes. Often, there is little time left before my husband comes home, and I haven’t even mentioned dinner!

When we spend most of our time away from home, It’s easy for us woman to lose that special connection we have to our homes, along with the special blessings that live there. When we spend the majority of our days at home, we start to grab hold of a daily routine, along with a sense of “normal” where things run more smoothly. {Note, I did not say, perfect…just more smoothly.} 😉
When we are away from home for large amounts of time – it doesn’t matter how many lists we’ve compiled or how many schedules we’ve made…our attention becomes so divided.
If you’ve spent time away from home for significant amounts of time, you’ll see many projects left undone, drawers and closets stay unorganized, windows stay unwashed, and dinner is often just thrown together. {Normally something quick – which often tends to be unhealthy.} The longer we are away from home, the harder it is to roll up our sleeves and get something done. Mainly because it’s now to the point of being completely overwhelming!
When we are physically home, we are able to create a beautiful, and peaceful atmosphere for those who live in our homes.

Ways we are able to do that are through all the homey things that bring comfort to the entire family – like freshly baked goodies, being able to snuggle with our children for a story or two etc…

Being physically home helps us create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere for our homes – which is important in bringing our family together as one. Our homes should be welcoming, comforting, supportive, a place for fun and refreshment. It doesn’t mean our homes need to be cleaned perfectly, it doesn’t mean we must serve five-course meals every night.
It simply means our focus is drawn inside the heart of our home.
“Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.” Deuteronomy 28:1

A Challenge for You!
  • Are you involved in too many commitments that are keeping you away from home?  Reevaluate your priorities and make needed changes to make your home run more peacefully and smoothly.
  • Make a list of activities that tend to keep you away from your home. – List the dangers of excessive time away from our homes. 
  • Make a list of the benefits of being home. – from the big things to the small homey things.
  • Pray and ponder with your husband – ask the Lord to show you how you could do things differently to allow you to be home more.

 

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