Home Sweet Home
I have so many women who look at me and ask, "How in the world do you do it all?" I almost have to chuckle, because secretly I am thinking the same thing of them. The best piece of advice I can give them is to stay home!
If I did everything that most women expect themselves to do, I wouldn't be able to do it all. I mean, how in the world would I be able to volunteer in every area that needs help, take the kids to every activity known to man, plus be expected to keep up with the responsibilities of running a home. Oh, don't forget to add work in there for lots of women. It becomes nearly impossible to do everything well.
Oh, you can do it all, but can you do it well? How long can you keep it up? When you are running around here and there, think about it, what is the first thing that gets pushed aside? Usually it is your home. I have seen so many women fall into a deep depression after being run ragged. They are trying to do everything, for everybody. They end up depressed, then bitter at their husbands and children for not doing more to help. The problem is not with their husbands or their children. The fault lies with them.
While trying to be best wife, mother, and woman we can, we end up not being our best at all. Our marriages are falling apart, our kids are no closer to us than we were to our own parents, and we get burnt out helping others.
Our first priority, as mothers, is to take care of our family and our homes. The rest comes way after the first is taken care of. Look at what the Bible has to say about this.
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."Titus 2: 3-5, NIV
I learned something interesting while studying this scripture. The word "train" here means to "give a thirst for." Why I may not be considered an older woman, I do want to give you, as fellow women, encouragement to have a thirst for home. To know the overwhelming feeling of peace and contentment that comes from having a heart for home.
I will finish up with part 2 as I have time. Remember, I am a busy mother to 6 children.