Her Homemaking Heart

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This photo, to most people is simply a picture of a table set for two for breakfast.

But it’s much, much more to me … as her mother.

You see, there is a big difference between “homemaking” and “home-keeping.” Anyone can keep a home, but it takes a heart full of love, grace, mercy and creativity to make a house a home. What’s homemaking look like? I can best speak of it from personal experience, because for me,

Homemaking …

As a young wife and mother, meant the little things were always the big things. Like making sure the cupboard was never empty of everyone’s favorites – from mixed nuts, to cheese puffs, to fruit roll ups. A happy pantry meant a happy family!

Homemaking …

Was being sure all the bottles and sippy cups were cleaned and sanitized and ready for the next day.

Homemaking …

Was making sure the dress-up clothes were all stitched and mended and all the soiled spots were cleaned.

Homemaking …

Was packing plenty of toys and books before the long trip to Grams.

Homemaking …

Was sharing Christ with my children, and being with them both when they gave their sweet young lives to Jesus. And then enjoying the journey of their personal discipleship…helping them know just how real Jesus is.

Homemaking …

Was listening to them as they recited their Christmas wish list so I could write it all down for our elf, Shivers, to take back to Santa Claus. Then, after tucking them in bed, being sure to put powered sugar and glitter in the window sill so they would know the next morning that their letter had been delivered right to the North Pole.

Homemaking …

Was making sure we celebrated not only their birthday, but their born-again birthday, too! Oh, and with a long hall displaying their favorite painted art work in gold frames that we’d change out each year on their birthday. They were saved at such young ages, that they were probably not even aware of why their framed art kept changing…but it’s when they also got new devotional books, CD’s and things to help them continue growing in their relationship with the Lord.

Homemaking …

Was prayer walking in the neighborhood because it was all the people around us that also touched my children’s lives.

Homemaking …

Was taking the time to study my Bible, write and share all that I was experiencing from God and His Word in my personal life as a wife and mother, so things God was teaching me could be shared with other wives and moms through Christian publications, studies, etc.).

Homemaking …

Was taking the kids to the park with packed lunches, plenty of minnows from the nearest bait shop, and being sure to take our mini first-aid kit … just in case.

Homemaking …

Was filling the tub up with bubbles, toys, and making up another story about Bubba’s Lollipops, just to see my children’s faces … smile. I lived to see my kids smile and laugh!

Homemaking …

Was getting coffee, hot fresh baked ‘something’, pens and paper all ready for a women’s bible study at the house while the kids were at Mother’s Morning Out. Having regular bible study and prayer time in our home with my friends was a must.

Homemaking …

Was bringing in a little more money for the family budget by organizing and decorating for friends while the kids were in school. But was ready to pick them up from school at 2:30 with a juice box and some kind of treat.

Homemaking …

Was ironing clothes and folding laundry because it was my time to pray for everyone in my home. My laundry room is where many a tears were prayed to my Father as I trusted Him to help me do all that needed to be done. Laundry time was also a favorite time for me because there was (and still is) something very special about putting fresh sheets on a bed where someone is going to sleep. Something very special about putting fresh towels into a cabinet, and folding T-shirts and placing them neatly in a drawer. I can’t tell you how many prayers are prayed during laundry time. It’s a homemaking habit for me, and it all started as a very young wife and mother.

Homemaking …

Was dying easter eggs for a school party. Making Scripture flash cards for a VBS class that my son was a part of, and going to church on Friday to set up the Sunday School class room for the next Sunday that my daughter would be in with her friends. Teaching my children all while they were in kindergarten and elementary was always a joy for me. So much so, that I’d even write (from time to time) their bed time devotionals. They’d always tell me,”Mom, I can hear you as I read them.”

Homemaking …

Meant that as the kids grew, homemaking needs grew. More children in the house to prepare snacks for, and more kids to take to ball games, to the mall, and to church activities. And while in the car, making sure there were small activities for them to do…games, snacks, (goldfish was a favorite!!) and we’d even make up car riding games just to pass the time.

Homemaking …

Was laying in bed and playing “what am I thinking” – it was a game both kids loved.  Just laying in bed and talking (with the lights out) was probably one of the many highlights for me in homemaking. Because it let my children know that ending the day meant just as much to me as living the day with them. The talks, the prayers at night was definitely what made our house a home.

Homemaking …

Was being there for my kids during the dark days, the hard times, the unfair and the unjust circumstances they faced as teens.

And look at her now … living a radiant life in Christ.

Christ is enough. It’s not a matter of, “are we enough.” If that is where the struggle is, then that is where the struggle will remain. When Christ is first – when Jesus Christ is literally and honestly our First Love, the Lover of our souls, our Husband, then we’re able to love others with a heart that has been made FULL and beautiful in the radiance of His glory. When He is enough, we wake up each day grateful to be alive for His kingdom purposes because His mercies and compassions are new every morning of our life. And THAT is when and how and where true homemaking begins. It always always begins in the heart that abides in Christ.

Homemaking …

Is cooking – cleaning – organizing – decorating – … that’s all part of making a house a home. But now that my daughter is stepping into her own family life as a new wife, it is my prayer for her that she will know that true homemaking isn’t really any of those things. Biblical homemaking is this – it’s an attitude. An attitude of love, grace, mercy, selflessness, servant heartedness, and creativity which are all character qualities of God.  Those attributes I just listed speak of His attitude and when His attitude becomes our attitude as homemakers, then it bleeds right into everything we do. As we make sandwiches, scrub toilets, read bedtime stories, practice with recipes in our cookbooks, play with our kids, snuggle with our spouses, enjoy making beds, finding delight in refilling the coffee container, buying the groceries, scrubbing tiles, sweeping the floors, bleaching the house, caring for the animals, and just doing all we can in caring for our home, (but mostly the people in the home), we will do it all with JOY!

Homemaking …

Anyone can keep a house. But it takes a servant-hearted, selfless, giving, strong, loyal, disciplined, wise, hard-working Proverbs 31 woman to make a home. And it starts with one decision – To yield the calling of being a homemaker to the glory of the Lord!

To settle in your heart that what you do and how you do, regarding your home, is first determined by the will of God. His instructions in the Word of God. To yield (obey) what He says when it comes to three critical areas of homemaking: 1) caring, 2) working, 3) sacrificing. And to always keep in mind that everything we do as homemakers is unto the Lord. Everything. And everything we do has an impact on every life He allows in our circle of influence: our spouses, our children, our families, friends and guests.

So, why do I love this photo so much?

It’s because my daughter sent it to me while on her honeymoon.  She has stepped into holy matrimony and as a new wife, she has been and will continue “homemaking”  with her husband. And they are just beginning into a new world as homemakers together.  But what made me love this photo more than probably anyone else on the face of this earth is NOT because of what she has done in preparing a meal and setting a table. But what I see in that photo is much, much greater.  As her mother who has poured everything I have and everything God supplied into raising my little girl, I clearly and worshipfully see … her heart. Not just a heart for her husband, Blake. Not just a heart for her Lord. But she has divinely been given all that she needs in her relationship with Christ to now embrace …

Her Homemaking Heart.

 

 

 

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Lisa Rippy

I’m Lisa Rippy, a happily married woman to my wonderful Rip. We have 5 children and we live right outside of Madison, MS. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for all things “homey” from decorating, simplifying, remodeling, organizing and simply turning a house into a "Home Sweet Home." My passion is helping families live the life they long for in the interior of their hearts and homes. It all requires thought, planning and work that Rip and I both love to do! But if there is anything at all I can do to help you and your home life, please reach out to me. Nothing would thrill me more than to inspire YOUR heart and home!

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