Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Managing the Home

on August 25, 2012

“So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.” 1 Timothy 5:14

If our husbands are the leaders of the home, then we certainly are the general managers, as this scripture implies. Wives, we are to manage our households to the best of our ability. It is an important part of our calling. We are given the wonderful job of making sure the home is flowing smoothly, kept up and is a place of renewing and refreshing for our families.

Men are funny, aren’t they? I laugh to myself as I think about my sweet husband and how little he knows about what all I do to keep our home running smoothly. He is out during the day, winning the bread and working hard, and he has no clue as to how much work it is to keep the home clean, the laundry done, food stocked in the kitchen, our daughter bathed and dressed and healthy, bills paid (hopefully!) and then to have dinner ready when he gets home from work.

My husband is the type of man who is always willing to lend a hand around the house, which is great. I think it’s so funny when he does something around the house and then is so excited to tell me all about the task that he accomplished. He may, for example, come in and inform me that he emptied the rubbish bin in the bathroom. Translating from my husband’s Scottish brogue to American English that would mean he emptied the trash can. He is just ever-so excited to tell me what he has done and remind me that he did it because he loves me! Bless his heart!

I giggle because I think it’s both sweet and such a typical man maneuver. I think many people miscalculate the massive amount of work it is to manage a home and to do it right. This is not at all to complain. On the contrary I think we as wives should feel blessed that God has counted us worthy and able to fulfill such a calling. We are the managers of our homes and all that it entails. We can take those responsibilities and whine about how hard it is, or strive to be the best home keepers we can be. I would rather the latter.

There’s no one way to keep a home. Some wives like to keep lists, checkpoints and very organized routines. Others enjoy a more casual approach. I know a friend who has a housework weekly and monthly calendar for herself. She basically organizes the week’s tasks into daily chores, making sure to accomplish everything without overloading one particular day. It works for her and I admire her organization. The trick is to find something that works for you and stick with it. I motivate myself to work hard during the week so that I can relax with my husband more on the weekends. He appreciates that too.

Another encouragement is to try not to let your housework get too tedious or serious. Put on some worship music and have fun while you’re doing your chores. Get the kids involved. It’s a great opportunity to teach them and develop these skills in their lives. I know I want my daughter to grow up knowing how to keep a tidy house and cook for her family someday. These are as important to her life as learning mathematics and science in my opinion. I want to prepare her to be a wife and a mother, in addition to whatever else the Lord does in her life.

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