One of my journal entries to Jesus during Holy Week:
I am looking at Dave’s baseball cap and slippers that I washed this morning. I should always be happy to do this task because it means I have someone to wash clothes for. Not everyone does. You gave me someone that cared enough to slip a wedding ring on my finger.
I’ve been reading a French book “At Home with Madame Chic” and it views making a home as a true pleasure. It goes further, describing how the woman is the heart of the family, taking care of the family and home. Agreed!
And further yet, homemaking is a gift you give us Jesus, to make a place comfortable and cozy. If I were in Heaven already and you told me to make a home for you, I would put forth every effort to make it beautiful, pleasing to you. I would be happy to serve you.
By you coming to earth, you showed us how to be a servant, with complete humility. And each day, you give me an opportunity to be a servant, to my husband, the one you provided. To love him the way you love me, with every fiber of my being.
I fail at this over and over again. I don’t get pleasure out of cleaning up his kitchen messes, helping to find his sunglasses for the 3rd time that day, shutting the cupboard he left open, cleaning the mirror (again) etc.
And I’ve given up making the house beautiful because my attitude over the years has become “Why bother? More and more junk enters our home which is already small and this clutter has made it impossible to look nice anyway.”
But as usual, YOU reach me in ways only you can, Jesus. First you put the French book about tidy homes in my path that you knew I couldn’t resist. Then my Bible study lesson is “Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” This inspired me to start purging our home, area by area, even if I only have time for one drawer. I’ve stored up treasures on earth that I don’t even know about because they are tucked away and never used! You inspired me with my friend Pam, the Organizer, YouTube videos.
You also inspired me to change my attitude about “serving” in a wifely capacity. Nancy V sees serving as a nice new job taking care of her house and husband, since she retired. Paula sees it as worshipping you, Jesus. Carol and Louise would love to be serving, but you called their husband’s home to be with you. Nancy S and Lynn see homemaking as a way to make themselves happy, while serving you. Stephanie, Gina and Tammy have tidy homes. Laura feels like she would move heaven and earth to make sure her family is healthy and safe. Thank you for all these inspirations!
And my biggest inspiration is my husband. His spiritual gift is serving and he serves me so much. All day long, he does not hesitate to drop everything and do something I ask. And he rarely cops an attitude that this is a hardship for him. He is so good about helping others also. He continuously repairs things around the house, fixes the vehicles, etc and he doesn’t complain. And when a chapter in my French book said to make the most of your home by beautifying the outside of it, he ran and bought me 6 spring plants, pots and soil to help me with this idea! What a “serving” example, I have in Dave, the husband you chose for me.
Thank you for impressing upon me this necessary lesson Jesus, I pledge to do my best at becoming a better servant to my husband, and most of all to you. Amen.