What a wonderful week and a half my family has had! We enjoyed a trip to the mountains that included beholding God's beautiful creation and lots of family time together. The arrival home came just before Thanksgiving where more time was spent enjoying family, fellowship and food! The last week or so was spent indulging...staying up later, waking up later, eating much more than necessary etc. Times like this are so enjoyable, but if we continued basking in things like this, would not be very beneficial!! This week it is time to get back into the regular routine. Sleeping habits and eating habits (once the carrot cake, pecan pie and blueberry yum yum are finished) will be more structured which will enable our lives and family to excel.
Although I enjoy times like vacation and holidays, there is something special about 'getting back to normal' where routine and guidelines keep me focused and fruitful. Even in our homemaking, it is often easy to lose focus. When the chores, work and demands threaten to overwhelm, a reminder or guideline of what and why we do what we do and the important role the woman plays in the home can revive and refresh us as we keep our homes. Here is a gentle reminder of the blessing of keeping a home. Every woman who has a home is a homemaker. Whether she has children or works outside the home, her influence is priceless and full of value. May we embrace our homes this week and be reminded of our high calling and be aware of the ability to be a blessing. That will make our homes sing!
BEATITUDES FOR HOMEMAKERS
Adapted by Ella May Miller
Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a work of love; for her willing hands and happy heart transform duty into joyous service to all her family and God.
Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger and well-loved friend; for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly love.
Blessed is she who mends clothing and toys and broken hearts; for her understanding is a balm to her husband and children.
Blessed is she who scours and scrubs; for well she knows that cleanliness is one expression of godly love.
Blessed is she whom children love; for the love of a child is of greater value than fortune or fame.
Blessed is she who sings at her work; for music lightens the heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore.
Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps out the cobwebs of confusion; for her faith will triumph over all adversity.
Blessed is she who serves laughter and smiles with every meal; for her cheerfulness is an aid to mental and physical digestion.
Blessed is she who introduces Jesus Christ to her children; for godly sons and daughters shall be her reward.
Blessed is she who preserves the sacredness of the Christian home; for hers is a divine trust that crowns her with dignity.