A week or so ago I asked a question about staying motivated as a housewife/homemaker. Lately I had just been feeling very, small and insignificant. It wasn't apparent I was doing a whole lot to further the kingdom of God when my big weekly accomplishment was getting all the laundry done.
But as I was pondering it, I started thinking that whatever is most important to you, you will find a way to do it. For instance, if gratifying self is the top priority, you will find a way to make it happen. People will do what they want to do. If my husband were a football fanatic, he would find a way to make time to watch it. If I am greatly desiring to exercise daily, if it's my passion, I'm going to find a way to do it.
So, if I truly do desire to be the best at what I'm doing, for the Lord, then I will look forward to each day and what it will bring. I will look forward to the cooking, cleaning, laundry, organizing etc. if that is my greatest desire. This really changed how I viewed my life. Being selfish hurts me the most, because I end up feeling condemnation for what I haven't been doing.
I admit, it's still hard for me to get excited about doing the laundry. I just don't enjoy folding up all the little girls' pieces of clothing. I do like hanging it outside though, but right now no clothesline. It's hard for me to get excited about doing the dishes and cleaning up the toys, again. But, it is nice to have order and be prepared for the next day.
I have organized my week better.
Monday is a catch up day. I work on the laundry, pick up around the house, do anything that's majorly dirty or out of order, and hopefully, change the sheets.
Tuesday is like a 'free' day where I can work on sewing projects, I make out the weekly menu and grocery list, etc.
Wednesday I buy groceries and that usually wipes me out :) Especially with the kids...but, I can generally manage to have time to sew or something.
Thursday is baking day and clean something in the kitchen.
Friday I clean the house- mop, vacuum, dust, bathrooms, maybe outside
I have the usual morning routine of cleaning the kitchen, starting laundry, cleaning up bedrooms etc. Then I work on the day's work.
I have an evening routine and rarely follow it. Life would be much nicer if I would. I need to make sure the dishes are done, set up breakfast and Leiah's lunch for the next day, tidy the house and set out clothes, but, 3 out of 5 days I fall asleep on the couch :)
Anyways, I just wanted to say that many times we just need to readjust our thoughts. God obviously designed me for this role, therefore I need to give it my all. Someday He may have something different in mind, but right now, He deems this important work, so I need not get so discouraged. I can be fulfilled at home if I put my mind to it.