What is Important?
I'm sure we're all aware that the things of this world should come second to the Word, and our walk with the Lord. But as mothers, wives, and caretakers of our family and home, we certainly cannot shun our responsibility to them. We also should put this responsibility above any other wishes, desires, pastimes, as well as any other responsibilities.
Luke 10:41 (KJV)
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
So what are the very basic necessities, and what is really important?
More or less, what I'm saying is what things are most important in your household and family. As far as humans go, I would say food, water, shelter, clothing and maybe even more important is our attention, love, and being a caring wife and mother.
It isn't everyday that a person has the honor of being the caretaker, and problem solver of and for our husband and the precious little souls that you both created. We are that important! He is that important and the little children are as well.
In that line of thought, we must at least provide those basic necessities mentioned. And when we aren't feeling well, or aren't up to anything more, we can focus our attention on these as best as we can.
Matthew 6:25 (KJV)
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16 (KJV)
That, my precious friend, is why we do the things we do.
Whether it's making sure the family has clean clothes, a clean bed to sleep in, a warm meal to eat and so much more. That's why we try to have a routine for doing the things we do. That's why we work hard to stay ahead of the game and bake, cook and clean. We've honestly outdone ourselves if you ask me, and most of you don't even need to be prompted to do any more than you've done already. I can think of so many examples of this, for instance having a bulk cooking day, putting away meals in the freezer to have on hand when we need it. We each have our own special gifts and ways to spend our days and have things arranged for a time when we need it.
But just in case you're needing a few prompts, here are a few more. Think quick. . . what time is it? what have I done today? what needs to be done to make sure the basic necessities are there.
Such rules as the following will be found profitable in housewifery:
1. Rise early, have your meals at regular hours, and be punctual in engagements.
2. Keep your house scrupulously clean and regularly aired every day.
3. Assemble all your family regularly, morning and evening, to praise and thank God for His goodness.
4. Be kind, be quiet, be cheerful, be forbearing and forgiving.
5. Be just and generous.
Never use inferior articles of food. Buy the best flour, butter, lard, bacon, etc.
This is all well and good for the wife, mother, and homemaker who is at home, but what about the ones who must work? There's always someone who doesn't have the luxury of being at home to make sure things are taken care of, and that makes it even harder for them and their family, as well.
- Take time to think about those things before heading off to work.
- Do what you can before you leave.
- The things that remain will have to wait until you return from work.
- Of course you can delegate things to be done by others.
- Set aside one or two days a week to do the things that are necessary, and only you can do.
- Make use of a list for everything.
- Make sure you take some time for your own basic needs.