Monday, May 7, 2012

Fresh cut flowers

"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. 
We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow." Martin Luther

"Today, even in Christian circles, a homemaker's vocation is viewed as optional, replaceable, and more like a hobby to fulfill her own needs than as a vital asset to the family."
 Stacy McDonald - Passionate Housewives Desperate for God

Dorothy Patterson, a homemaker and  faculty member of the Criswell College says, 
"Of course, much of the world would agree that being a housekeeper is acceptable as long as you are not caring for your own home; treating men with attentive devotion would also be right as long as the man is the boss in the office and not your husband; caring for children would even be deemed heroic service for which presidential awards could be given as long as the children are someone else's and not your own." 

Today, my daughter wanted to put on the "pretty" tablecloth. 
It was time for another Home Group and she was eagerly cleaning up things. 
Not only was she helping me tidy up the house, she was enjoying it. 
What?! A 7 year old little girl...enjoying housework. 
I truly believe that God places inside of each of us a desire for the beautiful. 
A desire for order. 
A desire to share what we have with others. 

Do we always do it? 
I don't. 

She wanted to go and cut fresh flowers from our yard. 
They were beautiful and fragrant and special because she handcut each one and placed it in the vase. 
Did the young adults that come over notice them or care that she had done it? 
Probably not. 
And that's ok, because they were blessed just being in our home 
AND we were blessed by having them
AND my daughter was blessed by making it "pretty" for them. 
Win, win, win!

I want to foster her love for helping out around the house, 
loving on others, 
serving her family well, 
and knowing that loving others well matthers. 

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