Wikipedia describes "A homemaker" as a person whose main job is to take care of his or her own family home and children. Traditionally, the job of homemaker is done by women and the job of provider is done by men, but both men and women can be providers and homemakers."
In the last few days I have been in converstaion with some 'Homemakers'.
And I realised a few of them felt 'unworthy', 'unappreciated', 'used and abused' about what they do, because some tend to look down on a woman who chooses to work as a full-time homemaker. Some think only the "uneducated" and "jobless" will really choose to stay at home.
I hope people who look down on stay at home moms will understand that a "full time homemaker" is also doing an honorable job!
I am not an accidental full time homemaker but loved to be one and chose to be one. It is not an easy job always but I wouldn't trade it for a second.
But I am also so...in awe of those who manage a career out and also is a homemaker!
God appreciates all we do as a woman, indoors or out.
"A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31:31)
This I write just to write to those who are at home the whole day taking care of it.
Homemaking is sure an honorable profession.
Every homemaker may not have a full-time or part-time maid, some may not have even a washing machine, dishwasher or microwave to assist them and make work a bit easy but still it is a job of great worth!
Life of a homemaker may not be easy as a walk on a bed of roses. As most of our lives is spent pressing on, believing, holding on in faith, praying, paying bills, making beds, fixing breakfast and lunch, helping kids with home work, wiping their tears, crying with them etc.
And many hours during the day we may be all alone and may feel no one really cares.
So much of what homemakers go unrecognized. The beds made every morning, toilets scrubbed, every meal made, other chores around home, errands run to the market, dust, sweep, clean etc may not necessarily get noticed.
Seeing that our family members take their medications, vitamins, eat the right food, or stop them from eating stuff that is not good for them ensures their good health but they may fail to see our heart of concern.
But today it is good to remind ourselves that God is with us, watching over us, so consider it all joy that we are never alone at home. Let us do all we do as unto Him and not unto man.
Ephesians 6: 7 "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free."
So let us do what we do with all our heart.
Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,"
A stay at home mom has a lot of rewarding moments too! Homemaker who handles a lot of household responsibilities may not be paid for their service but it is a greatly rewarding job as it is a joy to see kids grow, being there to see them take their first step, lift them when they fall, their hug when you have a tear in your eyes and so many such priceless moments.
And we get a lot of time to persue our hobbies (writing/stitching/knitting/painting/gardening or whatever it may be), get time to be alone with our Lord in between our chores and can do so much more.
So "Homemakers" are doing a great job too!
A "Full time" homemaker,