Is it because writing out cleaning schedules makes me tick? Or because I get a thrill out of dotting the i's and crossing the t's on my weekly menu?
Not so much. While I find my daily tasks enjoyable (mostly!) and I like the satisfaction of tackling a to-do list, those are peripheral details.
What I'm really concerned about are the things at the core of our homes. At the top of my list are:
- The presence of God
- A sweet marriage
- Loving, sane family relationships
- Serving others
And that's why I am so satisfied in my role as a homemaker...not so that we can live our lives in a perfect state of cleanliness (ha!) with magazine-worthy decor. Or not even so that we can eat balanced nutritious meals for dinner. In my care of my home, I want to facilitate an atmosphere that makes the core things possible. More than possible actually--may they be preeminent!
I'm really excited about the fact that the first three things (God's presence, a loving marriage, and strong inter-family relationships) give power to the last element: serving others. We want our home to act as a launching pad for loving people.
I'm not looking to create a self-contained piece of heaven that closes the world out with four walls. Don't get me wrong here. Our homes should serve as a restful haven from the things of the world. It's into that haven that we want to draw people. I'm not talking so much about entertaining as I am about inviting people into family. A sane, imperfect, messy, drawing-our-life-from-God family.
We're a young family (always on a learning curve), and we have so many lessons in walking all of this out in front of us. But I'm excited to learn!
I wanted to share this with all of you because I realized that I've been blogging for nearly a year (about homemaking!) and I have not clearly shared my heart for my home in so many words. In the future, I hope to have more posts on nurturing the core things, along with more on practically living out hospitality every day (I need some growing here).
I know many of you have this same heart. (Speaking of, if any of you would like to write a guest post on a topic related to these core things, please email me about it at AliciasHomemaking (at) gmail (dot) com.)
Loving fervently is what matters most! May our homes be a tool for just that.
Linked to the Homemaking Link-up and Just For The JOY Of It. :)