Today, I tackled my very neglected kitchen for a deep cleaning, and learned a lot. I hope to never let it go this long again! Being a student and working and being involved in other activities can make it hard to keep up with housework, especially if it is closer to the bottom of my list of priorities. It seems like I put off things like cleaning out my cabinets every month because there is something more important to do. As I write this, I am drinking a hot cup of tea and looking at the last of the dishes to wash, and dreading getting up to finish them. I have been in my kitchen since nine this morning, and I’m still no where near done! Sometimes I feel discouraged when I am deep cleaning my house because it seems like there are so many little things to do, like wash baseboards and spindles on chairs, but then I have to pause and think about why I’m doing this. I am cleaning because I want our home to be a healthy, nice looking, haven for my husband and myself. God gave me the task to be the manager of our home and I am going to embrace it, even when I am not feeling fond of our dishes and laundry.
Proverbs 14 (NKJV)
1 The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV)
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Cleaning my house is servitude. It is embracing my role as a wife, and it is pleasing to God when I am working. I’ve heard the saying “Idle hands are the devil’s handiwork,” and I completely agree. When I am not doing something productive, like keeping house or serving in some way, I am more inclined to fall into the temptation to gossip or to waste my time on Facebook. I struggle with time wasters, and am going to try to avoid them in the future. God doesn’t want me to be lazy and waste away my day. He gave me time, and it is important that I do something worthy with it. I am living for eternity and what I do with every day, hour, minute, second counts. I bet if I spent less time checking my Facebook, my kitchen would have been much less overwhelming today!
I have posts sent to my e-mail inbox from Time-Warp Wife and today was a very powerful article about 7 Thieves that Rob You of Time. It really got me thinking about my standards and where my time is going. I know that I am a time waster. Unfortunately, I cannot gain the time that I have wasted, but I can try from now on to be a better steward of the time God has given me. To be an encouragement to others and to invest my time in the spiritually uplifting activities, to be what God has called me to be, the manager of our home. I hope you check out the excellent post at Time-Warp Wife!
Blessings In Christ,