If you were to be offered a glass of water OR a thousand dollars in cash, which would you choose? Most of us would choose the cash. But what if you were were lost in the dessert, dying of thirst? We would not think twice about choosing the water.
Our perspective is relative to our circumstances. When we keep our perspective fresh, our attitude and viewpoint will reflect gratitude. Are you happy in your homemaking? Do you wake up smiling, glad you have the privilege of loving your husband and children and guiding your home today?
I believe that homemaking is the most important job there is. Even above science, politics, medicine, engineering, and so forth. Why? Because homes are where little people are brought up and shaped into what they will become. It is where we nourish the soul and train the spirit.
Today, there are far, far too many women who have foolishly exchanged their most high calling for a bag of tin. Some children begin their latchkey careers as soon as five. I see them every day walking down the street, backpacks strapped on almost as big as they are, heading for the elementary school. My heart breaks for them. They do not know what it's like to cuddle in the morning with mama as she reads them a story. They'll miss out on learning about real life because their day to day life is a classroom with 2 dozen other kids their ages, force fed information.
I speak from experience.
I was a single mother before I came to the Lord and I supported my first child by myself until she was in 2nd grade. I was blessed to be able to send her to a private Christian school, but it was still heart wrenching to leave her with other people to care for so I could earn enough to pay the bills. I lived conservatively, quietly and clean and tried in my own strength to do it all.
Then one exhausted day, I gave my life to Jesus and prayed. I asked the Lord in faith for exactly what I wanted and needed: a godly husband, a loving home and a happy future. Within weeks, the Lord miraculously brought a wonderful man into my life who swept me off my feet. We dated in total purity, grew in our childlike faith together and were married a year later. The Lord had answered my prayer and I became the stay home wife and mother I'd dreamed of becoming. In this way, Jesus Christ had come into my world, showed himself strong and that he was my only source and portion. I've been His ever since.
Has every day since then been homemaking bliss? Nope. Did I always emit gratitude, patience and love? No, sadly I did not. Mainly because, coming from a broken family, I did not have a base of homemaking skills and examples to draw from.
But with keen eyes, I watched every other homemaker I came in contact with and put myself on a speed track for on-the-job homemaking training. I learned as I went and made mistakes along the way. Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman has been a process, just like anything else.
But it starts with the heart. No matter how tough your circumstances start out with, you can become a virtuous woman if you desire to be. You can make your home a haven no matter how small it is. God made us with nurturing and nesting instincts for this purpose.
So look at your home as a canvas that you can paint a lovely picture on. Read the manual — the King James Bible. Within its inerrant pages, you will find light for your path and perspective for your journey.