Friday, August 30, 2013

The Intentional Home, Week Two: Friday

For an Introduction and Table of Contents for The Intentional Home, click Here.

Week Two: Friday

At this point, you should have sparkling bathrooms, a refreshing clean and clutter free bedroom! You've done a great job, so I think you should take the day off. Well, except for your daily chores of course!

You've spent two weeks of hard work and sometimes you might wonder if it’s really all worth it. Today, I wanted to share a little something that I wrote awhile back when I was struggling with the monotonous duties of being a mom and homemaker: 

You know the saying "A mother's work is never done." Isn't that the truth? Even if you have your house organized, it still takes work to maintain it. Then there's the endless work like laundry, dishes and the list goes on and on. Often times it feels so monotonous, you have the laundry done one day and it starts piling up again the very next day.

You may even feel like a servant to your own family. Maybe it's not only okay but good to be a servant to your family, and by doing so you are not only serving your family but also God. That being a servant is a true honor and it might actually bring you joy rather than dread. Remember Jesus' act of washing the disciples feet? Such a lowly task performed by God himself to show us His love. Are you not showing love for your family by serving them daily?

Once I realized that my daily monotonous work is actually a daily offering to God, it completely changed my attitude when it came to "you name it" around the house. A friend of mine said she is "trying to see the greatness in doing laundry...and by doing that, it makes it a little easier to conquer." Wow, what a different way to look at laundry!

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

That is my favorite verse for motherhood. If done well, it is quite an act of sacrifice. On those days that you have a pile of dishes or laundry and you just aren't "feeling it" remind yourself of who you are serving. I promise it will change your attitude and a little praise music will do wonders, too!

Daily Chores:
One load of laundry from start to finish
Make your bed
Unload the dishwasher in the morning, load and run it at night
Wipe down the kitchen counters and sink 
Wipe down the bathroom counters and sinks

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