Sunday, August 4, 2013
I went out this evening. Mister took me to the supermarket. It felt like I was going into "town" and it felt like an ordeal. I didn't want to leave home, and was weary, but I knew my husband would take care of me. I have been worn out and still recovering from recent ailments. I felt very dependent and was so grateful to be taken care of by my family. There is a sweet meekness when one cannot do very much for oneself.
Over the last month, as I have been without my car, I have thought, maybe there is something I should do to come up with money? This is a normal, foolish thought. Immediately, I remembered that the Lord is in control. He has a plan. He is working behind-the-scenes. I will stay back and in my sweet place, where my dear husband has kindly kept me. He is the provider, I am the housewife. (I shall not be moved.) I cannot tell you how many times a "sickness" or a "trial" has come my way to slow me down (and get me out of the way), so the Lord could do some great work. In this case, I have learned that being home all the time, and depending entirely on Mister for any errands or outside needs, has been the most wonderful blessing of my entire marriage.
It has created a stronger trust and faith in God. It has made my faith soar. It has taken away MY will, and taught me what it really means for HIS will to be done.
I am a grateful housewife, and find great joy and peace in keeping the home. This means to stay home. No matter what I think is best, no matter what I think I have to do, staying home is the greatest blessing for a housewife.
There is a beautiful quote by Elizabeth Prentiss (1800's), which describes it best:
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
From the Archives:
Do You Have This? - Amazing Dedication (to Motherhood and Home).
It is not a Burden - Simplicity of Old Fashioned Homemaking.
Remembering My Mother-in-Law - Classic Old Fashioned Housewife.
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