The Christian Homemaker Blog – 3

One of the good things mentioned in Titus 2 is love, namely that the older women teach the younger women to love their husbands and to love their children.

Today I want to introduce what it means to love our husbands.

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Homemaking – Teachers and Students

Did you ever think or say: I wished somebody would have told me? I did many times before and I still do. I wonder what would have happened if I would have been raised in a true Christian home. I often think of how much easier my homemaker’s life could have turned out to be if I would have been taught a few (more) skills while I was young. But let’s put aside wishful thinking, roll up the sleeves and get busy!

Titus 2:3-5 gives us further instructions:

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things – that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (NKJV)

I know it mentions quite a few things to teach but today I want to stick to the homemakers part. If you are an older woman, have you yet considered to pass on your knowledge to younger women? Or, if you are a younger woman, have you ever asked any of the older women if she would teach you some of the household skills she is good at?

There are those younger ones who love to learn from others and then there are those who do not want to be taught. On the other side, there are some lovely elderly ladies who love to share their gained skills with the younger women, while some others may want to keep their own method of accomplishing things their secret. But, say, isn’t it sad when, even within the same family, wisdom on how to create beautiful things does not get handed down? 😦

What have you experienced in the beginning of your homemaker’s journey? How have you developed the skills you are good in now? How do you think and feel about the whole issue of older women teaching younger ones?

 

Keepers At Home — Part One

I know I’m entering serious ground and will step on one or the other toe today and in some of the following posts… But see, homemaking has been on my heart for a long, long time. How about you? Do you believe married women should stay at home? Or, should they have an outside job, too? Or, should they work from home — besides being a homemaker? At what stage should the woman stay and when should she go (back) to work?

I know many will argue that in today’s world the woman has to go to work because the second income is needed. Let’s put the finances aside for a moment. If money would not be the issue, what would your answer be (then)?

Titus 2:3-5 talks about the aged women — I’m one of them by now, I’m afraid 🙂 — how they should act and what they should teach the young women. Of course, we need to set a good example first before the younger women are willing to listen to us. Why should they, if our homes and our families are in a big mess? If it — what we teach — didn’t work for us, why should it work for them?

Let’s see what God’s Word (KJV) says what we need to be:

  • discreet
  • chaste
  • keepers at home
  • good
  • obedient to our own husband

and the reason being? That the Word of God be not blasphemed.

To me this is serious talk. I don’t want the Word of God to be blasphemed, do you? (In the ESV it says reviled which I find isn’t such a powerful word — so I used the KJV instead)

Now there is, amongst Christians, a discussion going on about how “much” the woman needs to stay at home and if it would be okay for her to work outside the home. I know that we do have situations when the woman has to work outside the home, e.g. single moms — I’ve been there! So, please do not go in defense right away.

My question is: if all the circumstances were right (finances okay, husband agrees) should a married woman be fully committed to keep the home / work at home? Why? Why not?