Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1
My organizing/cleaning streak has a problem.
The more focused I am on my projects and my to-do list, the more frustrated I become at the little people that are not sharing my cleaning drive. I begin to think that the thing standing between me and an organized home is my children.
Not a good attitude for a Godly mother.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. Proverbs 25:24
A clean home is important. My husband appreciates a home that is in decent order. I try to keep our bedroom free of clutter to form an oasis in the avalanche of “stuff” that appears in a busy home. My goal (which I don't always meet) is to have the children do a quick toy pick-up before Ed gets home so that he doesn't need to shovel a path just to get to the couch. A reasonably clean kitchen and bathroom is needed for proper health and hygiene. Organized drawers and closets save frustration in searching for items.
My home should be a comfortable place for my family. But what really makes a home a haven? Is it polished floors and immaculate counters? Is it picture perfect decorations and meticulous organization? Is it gourmet meals and picturesque desserts?
Or is it place of emotional comfort and safety? A home that oozes love and encouragement to those who enter?
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Proverbs 15:17
I spend my days concocting meals, scraping gunk off the high chair, and scrubbing grass stains off jeans. And I'm doing it all because I love my family. But some days I wonder if in the busyness of serving my children's physical needs do I neglect to connect to their inner needs?
How would my day's schedule change if I thought it would be the last I would spend with my husband and children?
What is more important, the to-do list or a game of Connect Four with the six-year-old? Trying a new recipe or reading yet another Richard Scary book? My latest sewing project or a nap so that my husband doesn't come home to an exhausted, cranky wife?
I count it a privilege to make a home for the family I dearly love. I want my attitude, especially when my plans are turned on end, to reflect that love and the joy of the Lord.
How about you? I'd love to hear how you cultivate joy and peace in your home.