Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Part 1: Love is Patient,The Loving Homekeeper Series

on September 19, 2012

“Love is patient…” 1 Corinthians 13:4

The Greek word for “patient” used in this passage is the word “makrothymeō“. This word can be translated into “long-suffering, to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart, to persevere with dignity through trials, to be patient in bearing others offenses, to be slow to anger and slow to punish.” There is quite a lot to this word. In no way does the English word “patient” do it justice.

I’ve never considered myself a naturally patient person. I tend to have a short fuse, especially when I am tired (which I’ve been since ever since I became a mom). My husband has seen the brunt of my bad temper far too often in our marriage and he has shown be grace when I certainly didn’t deserve it. My lot in life is to fight against the flesh that tempts me to be short tempered and to pray that God’s Spirit makes me long-suffering. I long to be patient with my husband, children, church family and friends, and all those I come into contact with.

As a Keeper of His Home, the calling to patience is so very important because we wives and mothers have to put up with and yet our family looks to us to be stability. No matter how much we love our precious little ones, they try our patience and boy do they pounce at any sign of weakness. My daughter is only three years old and she tests me on a daily basis. I must brush off her offenses, no matter how difficult, and provide her with clear, controlled and rational punishment and re-direction. I must not allow my anger to boil over and then to become a bad example instead of a good one. I have to make it clear that, while I do not like her behavior sometimes, I ALWAYS love my little girl.

My husband is a calm and steady kind of a guy. He is easy-going. He is laid back. He doesn’t understand how I can go from cold to hot and everywhere in between in a matter of seconds. God has called me to be the kind of wife that is patient with my husband. I do not expect him to do everything right all the time. I am not quick to jump on every mistake he makes or to correct every wrong detail when he’s telling a story to friends. I must be willing to let things slide as I know beyond a doubt he does for me when I’m in the wrong.

God calls us to be patient keepers of the home. How frustrating is it when our family members don’t clean up after themselves and leave messes for us? What about when we cook a decent dinner and do not receive even a small compliment? These things are frustrating when we are so busy trying to keep up our homes. Still, we must put on patience, because love is patient. Our love for our family should birth patience. If it doesn’t, we aren’t loving right.

Please Lord help us to be the patient and loving Homekeepers You desire us to be! Amen!

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6 responses to “Part 1: Love is Patient,The Loving Homekeeper Series

  1. Wow, I can not even begin to tell you how many of the same struggles I deal with on a daily basis! The parts that especially resonated with me are that I also get upset much easier when tired (which is basically all the time with a 18 month old and 4 month old…) and that our husbands sound very, very similar! My husband also has no understanding how I can go from “cold to hot in seconds”, but has also shown me grace way beyond what I can imagine.
    I so want to be a patient wife and mother and it really is a daily struggle, and I need constant reminders that I CAN NOT do this on my own. Thank God, He is strong!
    Thanks so much for this honest post and a reminder that I am not the only one that has these struggles!

  2. Dolores Overbeck says:

    That was awesome. Thank U for sharing.

  3. doyin joel-audu says:

    I pray he will strengthen us in our inner man so that we can be patient when the flesh want us to be impatient!

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