Occupation Homemaker

On one of these past days while opening a bank account…

What’s your occupation?

Homemaker.

Homemaker?

Yes.

Honestly? I take pride in my role and I really appreciate it whenever a bank clerk, or any other employee who is asking me about my job, accepts my answer without any further comment.

Have you ever thought about taking a job to earn a little extra income?

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that before. It will usually follow a comment I have made about my husband working so hard lately or about my wish to buy something expensive. Depending on who is asking me that question I feel more or less capable to answer it — and more or less hurt by it.

Yes, it isn’t always practicable for us women to stay at home full-time. Some circumstances will demand for us to get an outside job. I understand. I’ve been there. Having said that, though, I believe that, God’s Word asks us to become keepers at home who are baking, cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, keeping finances in order, taking care of family business, teaching and watching over our children, and, most of all, supporting our own husbands. Imagine all the work we can accomplish every day. Most of the people out there could not afford to pay us a salary fit for all the different jobs done by us. The household is well looked after. We take control of our days and adjust our schedule accordingly.

No, the world cannot look down on us and our occupation. We are well equipped for most tasks and are saving our family time and money. In fact, as soon as time allows, we can build a home-based business using the gifts God has given us to supply an additional income. Why would we go for anything less than managing and marketing our homemade products at our own convenience instead? Why should we want to commit to work at a corporation that is outside the familiarity of our homes? It will demand more of our time, asking us to work flexible hours, not showing any sympathy toward our love for our family, forcing us to neglect important things and people, e.g. the time our family needs us at home.

And it’s not just the time spent, it’s also all the extra money we will have to invest for more and special kind of clothing and makeup or for running a car. How many times will we, instead of cooking the meal, spend a good deal of our income on fast-food and prepared dinners?

If you are a stay at home wife, have you been asked before how come you are not working and earning money to help with the family income? How do you answer these kind of questions?

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A Woman’s Job

Have you ever asked yourself: What’s my purpose and my main goal? Who are the most important people in my life? What are the priorities I need to focus on?

In last Friday’s post I wrote:

While before one applicance served one purpose, today we want the appliances to do more and more different jobs. It’s that All-In-One-Syndrome, I guess. What we forget, though, is that too many functions squeezed into one appliance can actually spoil its overall usability.

We want to have certain rights: to have a decent education, to decide what’s good and what isn’t (for us and for our daughters). We want to be somebody. We crave for attention, love and respect.

Most women of today spend more time outside then inside their homes. They go through years of school, then they get a college education and shortly after their children are born they are back in college or at their workplace.

Let’s re-read what I wrote on Friday’s post and exchange some of the words…

While before a woman served her purpose, today’s society wants her to do more and more different jobs. It’s the All-In-One they expect her to be. What they forget, though, is that while she is taking on too many functions herself, her perfect role is spoiled.

Most men of today are told that they need to do certain jobs inside their homes, too, that is, to assist the working wife and mother of the children. There are situations, of course, when the woman has to take up an outside-the-home-job, no doubt about that! That’s when sharing housework with her husband is a great need and a wonderful blessing, no doubt about that either! But today I want to focus on the women who could — and should — stay at home.

The point is, working women are not able to give 100% in everything. Eventually, some things (relationships included) will suffer. A woman cannot give her all at the workplace and meet all the needs of her husband and her children and accomplish all of what her role as a Keeper Of the Home calls for.

We may think we are able to run the family home on the side but we must agree that it definitely won’t be running on all cylinders. We have such an influential role to play. We so often forget just how important it is for the devil to downplay it, distort it, yes, even to destroy it. That’s why it’s even more urgent to focus on it and take back what has been taken from us!

Put Tasks On Hold

My dad used to remind me to do task/s right away. “Deal with it and get it over with” —sometimes easier said than done! We push things that are uncomfortable aside until we (almost) get ourselves in trouble. And the longer we wait, the harder it will get to manage things.

I’m grateful for learning this, of course. On the other side, however, often enough the deal with it immediately kind of thinking has robbed me of spending special time with certain people. It has caused me to neglect the best investment made while raising a family.

Of course, tasks have to get done. Yes, our households need to run as smoothly as possible. But, see, there are times when things must wait and must make way for us to spend more precious time with our family. Often, laundry can wait, comforting a crying child cannot!

This week think of how you could spend a little extra time with your family.