Wednesday, September 5, 2012
We've all seen the busy housewife, who decorates and bakes and throws delightful parties. She shops and she plans. She is so active in, an out of, the home, that many look at her and wonder where she gets her energy. Most observe her life and despair of trying to mimic her! She is her own star and she is unreachable!
There is another way. It is the humble, basic way of simplicity. It might look meager and poor. It might even look too easy. But this way can be obtained by far more housewives, if they only realize it is okay to be simple.
There is a slowness to it. . . There is no ambition. . . It is the quiet servant - the meek one, who guides the home. This housewife putters around the house and yard, cleaning and cooking in her own way.
In the old days, oatmeal or porridge was the morning meal. Perhaps some bread and butter went with it. No family was served processed, sugary cereal because it had not yet been invented. Now today, can you imagine serving morning guests some oatmeal? How many would balk at it? But it is healthy and nourishing and warm and comforting!
A simple lunch of baked beans and biscuits with hot tea might be served during the afternoon break from chores. This isn't a take out meal, or a fast food lunch. It isn't an elaborate planned out menu item. It was what was available in the pantry.
Domestic occupations were not about planning elaborate events for the home. The simple duties were for the comfort of the family and basic survival. The laundry, the sweeping, the mopping, the cooking, the dusting were all on the normal agenda at home. The homemaker would put on her housedress and apron and be "on duty" for the day. She was there to tend to the home and family. She was not the 'event planner' or the one to spoil the children by gratifying their every worldly "want."
There is something very basic and very lovely about an old time homelife. Bible reading and family prayers were done morning and evening. The family would have afternoon prayers with the noon meal. They would break from their labor to worship the Lord. Thoughts of heaven, eternal rest and joy were the ambition. The focus was on the journey home and the blessed example they could leave to those around them.
Many of us crave this kind of life, but we are often tripped up and confused by what goes on in our culture. A routine of homelife, the act of ironing or washing floors in the quiet of the morning (while praying or singing old time hymns) can help keep us grounded. Are we not pilgrims and strangers on this earth? May the Lord help us avoid acting like the "stars" of this world.
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