The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
Proverbs 14:1 ESV
When hubby and I got married both of us agreed that I would quit my job to become a full time homemaker. Easier said than done! Sooner or later we homemakers will face judgmental questions and accusations from others, and/or struggles to complete all tasks and have doubts of self-worthiness. Then, there is the financial issue of whether a woman can really afford to stay at home or not.
Leap the hurdles
One hurdle we face is that many people have no problem with women working from home (e.g. for a real company/employer) but with women working at home. Some may even wonder: What are they doing at home all day?
Another hurdle we face is when we do not accept that housework never ends; it’s never completed. We drag ourselves down, we begin to feel worthless. But as Christians we know that our worth is not in self but in what Christ has done for us — just as our strength does not come from self but Christ is our Strength!
Then, of course, there is the financial hurdle. A couple often says that they cannot afford for the woman to stay at home. They need the money to put food on the table and to pay all of the bills. I will get into the financial issues in later posts, but I also understand that not every woman can afford to stay at home (e.g. single moms).
Reading Proverbs 31:10-31 I know I’m far from being that Excellent Wife. I still have a long way to go to match up to that woman. But I’m on my way and I would like to share with you, by and by, what I have learned and what I’m learning about homemaking. So stay tuned!