Rediscovering Homemaking: A Renewed Vision

Courtney, Contributing Writer

I always enjoy sitting down with my grandma and chatting about the way things used to be. I walk away refreshed and encouraged, filled up on wisdom. Recently, we got to talking about how different it is to stay home and raise children today than it was in the past. We talked about today’s busy lifestyle and how hard it is to slow down and focus on the important things. 

Later, I got to thinking more about this struggle and how muddled today’s vision of the homemaker’s role is. There are so many things to keep us busy, but many of them pull us away from our home and our families. This culture no longer values a wife’s work at home. The art and science of keeping the home, mindset and skills once learned at a young age and passed down through generations, have become lost and forgotten.

Our culture’s view of the family and the role of the home is seeped in the lies of feminism and its ugly cousin humanism. The disillusionment of feminism tells us our time in our home is worthless and wasted and better spent elsewhere. Feminism’s lies minimize our impact in shaping the next generation. Feminism is “me-centered” and clashes dramatically with a heart of service for our families. We must be aware of this falsehood and be on guard against it always.

To reclaim the generational vision for the home means to reject these lies and seek instead a life poured out for others, not one relished for our own pleasure.

From the moment our feet hit the floor in the morning to when we retire for the day at night, our days are busy and full with work that never seems to end. We can embrace these duties with a heart of service, grateful for the opportunity to bless others, or we can become bitter and frustrated with our role. Our days are full of opportunities to serve God by serving others. If we look at it this way, we see the value in even the little things.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  ~Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

Even the small mundane tasks that never end are important. Creating beautiful places of comfort and rest for our families is pleasing to the Lord if done unto Him. When our homes are peaceful and in order, they reflect an orderly God in whose image we are made. Our days are more efficient and we are free to focus on the relationships that matter, inside and outside our homes.

When we capture this vision and ask the Lord to help us keep our priorities in proper focus and with the strength to do what he has called us to do, we find joy in knowing our work in creating and managing our homes has immense worth. Our role is irreplaceable. From this renewed vision will spring forth a natural desire to reclaim the lost skills and to master the art of homemaking.

I’m excited about this “Rediscovering Homemaking” series and hope that it draws more hearts back home and creates excitement for the impact we have as keepers at home. My hope is that you will take away from this message a desire to “rediscover” this vision.

Courtney blogs at Simply Nurtured, where she shares her passion for laying a strong foundation for baby and sells products that help mothers to do so.
Courtney is married to her best friend and is a homeschooling mom to 6 children. She is reminded daily of God's amazing grace and tries to not take one moment for granted. She strives to live simply in order to follow Christ fully and experience joy abundantly. When she is able to, she loves to spend time reading, writing, sewing, painting, doing crafty projects, and planning and organizing projects.

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