I am borderline-horrible as a homemaker.
Let's just say this is not a photo of MY pantry. No, my house is more like stacks of clean laundry that stay on our dining room table for way too long. Cluttered kitchen counters. Closets in serious need of a clean sweep.
But then there's Titus 2:4-5:
Have the older women teach the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure,
to be BUSY AT HOME.
There is a command and a call on us to be busy at home. Busy about the things that build up our homes. We could easily be busy about a thousand different things, but this is where we should be busy. Busy creating order. Busy making these places a sanctuary. Busy ensuring things will run smoothly. Busy blessing the people who live in it by doing all these other things.
One day when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed, these words kept running through my mind:
RIGHT 100 WRONGS.
And so I began to do that. For example, right this moment from where I'm sitting, I can see the following WRONGS:
* a pair of shorts my son dropped on the floor
* a sheet of stickers sitting on the other couch
* a book on the floor
* a school assignment my son needs to finish
* a comb sitting on the table
* a stuffed cat on the floor
* a pair of shoes sitting out
* a coloring book that didn't get put away
* a toy train car sitting on the floor
* a pen on the floor
See what I mean? And that's just my view from the couch where I'm typing this! I can get totally overwhelmed very quickly, and feeling overwhelmed makes me want to shut down and do nothing.
But if I will RIGHT 100 WRONGS every single day--putting away that book on the floor, wiping up that spill on the counter, straightening the towel in the bathroom, changing the paper towel roll, making that bed--each one of these things counted as a wrong that's been made right--I know I am being busy about the things of my home.
Now that I can do!
I want to be a good steward of the home God has given. Off to Right 100 Wrongs. :)
Father, please strengthen us to be busy at home. It is SO easy for us to be busy about SO many other things, but this was a priority to You, so it just plain has to be a priority to us. Keep laziness far from us and bless and multiply our efforts to restore order to our homes, that it may serve our families well. We love You!