Thursday, March 10, 2016

When Home Management isn't About Me

I grew up bringing boxes of treasure home from Goodwill. Now I have a trash container that goes the other way. Why? Because my husband is a tosser.

He's learned, after many years of marriage therapy, not to throw out any and every thing that doesn't suit his needs. And I've learned to accommodate his "less is more" philosophy--despite my genetic "winner keeps all" mentality. (Thank you, Cynthia Heald and the Bible study, Loving Your Husband.)
Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches. (Prov. 24:3-4)

If I desire to serve the Lord and our family, I need wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Apart from the principles and wisdom of God's Word, I cannot lay the foundation (build the house). By understanding the personalities and bents of the people in our home, we can establish routines and fixtures that foster peaceful, productive living. And by growing in my knowledge of each individual in our home, I can fill it with things that they find beautiful, precious and pleasant.

Our home can be a place of refuge, solace, comfort, encouragement, strength and refreshment. Need wisdom? Ask God (James 1:5). Need understanding? Read His Word (Prov. 1:1-7). Need knowledge? Stop looking at yourself and look at those around you.

As a woman, regardless of your station in life, your home can be built with wisdom, established by understanding and filled with precious and pleasant riches by knowledge. And now, back to cleaning out the closet...

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