By Guest Writer Gail from The Imperfect Housewife
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29.18
Do you ever lose sight of why you do what you do? Being a homemaker, a mother, a wife, isn’t always an easy task. We wear so many hats that our job descriptions could fill up a whole page! I know I often have to refocus, gain new perspective, and remind myself that I’m told to be “a keeper at home” (Titus 2.5). I have to have vision.
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My Pastor did a sermon where the key phrase was, “Where there is vision, there is division.” I don’t know of any place where that is more true than in the home. This is our battle ground. This is where our fight takes place, for our marriage and for our children. What we teach them here will help shape who they are as adults. I want my children to be God-fearing, to love people, to help meet the needs of those around them, to share the love of Jesus. They will learn that here in the home. That’s what makes what we do more than just “a job.”
I love what 3rd John 4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Who will teach them that truth? We will! That is our responsibility. This is where the vision begins. Knowing that we are the greatest influence on our children. No, we’re not perfect. There are times where we will make mistakes. In those times, we ask forgiveness. We humble ourselves to our children. We are showing them humility. We can’t just say “Ask Susie if she will please forgive you.” We have to demonstrate it to them. When they see our actions matching up with our words, is when they will see what genuine Christianity is.
I want to encourage you today, and everyday, to have a vision for your home. Think about what your goals are, short and long term. Make a list of things that will help you accomplish them. Write down the things that hinder you from them. Revise it as necessary. Remember that we are the keepers of our home and our children. We need to love them and love their daddies, respect their daddies – that’s going to teach them a lot. They are watching every move we make and listening to every word we say. Let our vision be to raise our children up to walk in the truth. What great joy that day will be to see them serving our Lord!
I leave you with this verse of encouragement,
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
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Don’t lose heart, dear mother! For what we are doing, is good. Keep a fresh vision for your home, your children, and yourself. Anything that is not helping you to fulfill that vision, cut out! It’s okay! “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
I hope this will encourage to keep on keeping on and to have purpose in your home!
My name is Gail and I am the self-proclaimed “Imperfect Housewife.” I know I have flaws and struggles, and I am trying to work those things out! I seem to work things out better when I can *talk* them through, and so became my blog, The Imperfect Housewife. I strive for my relationship with Christ to be the first and foremost priority and relationship in my life. My dear readers are why I write in the first place! May God be glorified!