Homemaker: A Woman Worthy of Praise

Well first things first, did you all totally love Jennie’s guest post? I cannot WAIT to make that amazing recipe! She’s such a doll. Be sure you follow her on twitter and subscribe to her blog. She is always cooking up yummy treats.

One big thing I want to advocate with my blog is family. I was talking to Adam last night about Martha Stewart (who I LOVE, so don’t hate). I learned so much of what I know about homemaking from her. She is the world’s most famous homemaker but she is unfortunately also known for being harsh, snobby, and rude. She has no husband, and a single daughter who she does not appear to be particularly close with. Though she often had family members like her mom, siblings and nephews, on the show there was always a certain warmth missing.

For me, the reason homemaking is so important is because it brings families together. The homemaking woman is always thinking about how she can better serve those around her, and she is loved because of it. She should be charming and kind and thoughtful. She should never be so worried about all the duties of running a home that she forget to love and nurture those around her.

I never want this blog to just be about the content. When I’m not writing I’m lovingly creating meals for my husband, planning parties for my family, cleaning and decorating my home, studying and learning so I can one day educate my children, dreaming of the day when I will have a bunch of babies to teach and care for. I want this blog to encourage women everywhere to not just cook, sew, craft, bake, clean, decorate, and plan. I want you ladies to be sweet and lovely, and worthy of praise.

People often use the words “housewife” and “homemaker” interchangeably. I don’t care for the term housewife because it gives the connotation that she is sitting around the house doing nothing.

A homemaker is very busy!!

Consider this passage from the bible. It talks about a woman who sounds a whole lot like a homemaker to me. She sews, cooks, runs a business (AND makes profit!), she is fashionable, wise and takes care of everyone in her household. If this were written today I’m pretty certain there would be an added verse that said, “She diligently searches Pinterest and reads blog for new ideas for the home.”

I hope this describes me, that is what I strive for. Does it describe you?

Proverbs 31:10-31 (New Living Translation)

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. (<- She is homemaker CHIC!)
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

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