“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
-Ecclesiastes 3:1 WEB
Sweet friend, I can’t tell you the number of times that I have found myself in need of encouraging words to get me through my hectic days.
I’m frustrated as yet another day passes where I have not completed all of the tasks that were on my to-do list.
My schedule seems to be completely over-loaded with errands, chores, planning, and shuffling the children to and from their obligations. Did I mention trying to maintain a healthy marriage in the midst of all that?
This pattern seems to be a never-ending cycle.
Expectations Can Derail Our Joy
These “tasks” are a far cry from what I had imagined my life to be when I graduated from college. You may be able to relate to this.
I think many women, that are now homemakers, planned to be spending their time in the workforce, climbing the corporate ladder to success.
Perhaps you envisioned yourself working in a formal capacity helping people on a large scale. Missionary work, AmeriCorps, or helping others recover from natural disasters, to name a few.
These are all important, noble, and needed aspirations.
Nowadays, we have only to turn to our social media outlets for reminders of what is thought to be the important things in life.
There are tons of images of people sharing the “big things” that they are doing in their lives. It’s so easy to feel that we are somehow stuck doing something minuscule on the grand scale of life.
If we buy into the notion that certain activities have more importance than others, it will become easy to get down on ourselves. We will begin to feel discouraged when we don’t get to everything on our never-ending lists.
We may even begin to think of ourselves as less-than. As if our work is not as important as some others.
When the truth is, God has a plan for us. He is using our work for good.
“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
– Romans 8:28
Encouragement In God’s Love
It is my hope that we can find encouragement and joy in this truth that we are called according to His purpose for us. In serving others, beginning with those in our homes.
We can be at peace leaning into the small things that don’t seem to be as important as working in a glamorous position.
Put those frustrations around incomplete to-do lists and overlooked schedules to rest. We can plant our hope in the knowledge that God has thoughts of peace for us. Peace and not frustrations.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 WEB
Keeping our eyes on the things that we actually do get done, will helps us stay planted in our purpose. Sharing our hearts and talents from a place of love, and a desire to help others. Knowing that we are glorifying God in lovingly cleaning up that mess, putting in that load of laundry, or volunteering for a child’s event.
We are doing all of these things to create a special place. A place of comfort and love. A place that represents our eternal joy, here on earth. We’re creating home!
Have you felt discouraged lately in your homemaking journey? Do you have a go-to scripture to share that inspires you? If you know someone that would benefit from this post, please share on your social media. Thank you!
Blessings, and Happy Homemaking!