Keep Calm

I used to own a green coffee mug with a shamrock and the following words on it:

Keep Calm. It’ll all be grand.

At times, life turns into a rat race and we’ll slip into an unhealthy hectic lifestyle, won’t we? Then it so important that we will cut out a few things and learn to say No. That’s the time to keep calm, trust in the LORD, willingly hand over things to Him and acknowledge Him that He will direct our life (Proverbs 3).

Beside keeping calm there are some things we can do to make life easier on us — and others:

We should keep ourselves and our homes in order (clean and neat). The best way to avoid clutter in the house is to work off the pile of papers and to assign a place for everything. If we keep our homes clean we won’t have to stress out when unexpected visitors arrive.

We should keep and follow a schedule. It’s time to view the time God has given to us as being precious. Let’s take it seriously. Time is a gift from God and not to be wasted. We need to get to places on time, being punctual not only for appointments and for meetings but also for gatherings with friends and family. Another thing is to work off the daily tasks. What will happen if we procrastinate? Tasks become harder and harder, more and more uncomfortable, the longer we are pushing them aside.

Also, let’s remember that whatever we do we should do it with our might (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and as to the LORD and not unto men (Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23)

By the way, the coffee cup I mentioned earlier had been a good reminder that, in every circumstance, I need to stay calm. In this Irish saying there is no referral made to the LORD. Still, I’m convinced that All will be grand — not due to the fact that I keep calm but due to the fact that the LORD reigns

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Cabin Fever

Remember that I mentioned two Arguments Against Full-Time Homemaking in Friday’s post? Running out of time and space I only discussed one, the financial issue. Today I’ll talk more about the other reason given: Cabin Fever.

I want to share three things why women may feel like they cannot stay at home all day:

  1. They dislike the monotony of housework.
  2. They find that there is not enough to do for them at home.
  3. They crave to meet other people and see different things.

Yes, the daily routine often seems monotonous and boring. By the end of the day, it can make us feel like we haven’t accomplished much. A good cure for this kind of feeling is: Take a notepad (get a larger size out, you’ll need it 😉 ) and pencil and jot down every task you are doing throughout the day (including the smaller and faster ones) and the time spent on it. And I mean every single one of them! You will be astonished how much you have done that day. Which leads me to the second point…

I often wonder how in the world I’m going to squeeze in all the things I will need to do that day. I mean, there is so much to do: cooking meals, baking bread and cake/s, wiping counters, washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming and sweeping floors, doing laundry, and ironing clothes. That’s just to name a few. How about all the time-consuming trips like taking the children somewhere, shopping for groceries, or meeting with people who are in desperate need of some encouraging words or who need someone who will give them a hand with weekly tasks?

Yes, I believe that our husbands and children need to come first but that doesn’t mean we will not meet other people or see other things beside our own household. Like I’ve mentioned, there is so much to do at home but then we can also care for families who are in need. How about cooking a meal for someone who isn’t able to? Or assisting someone in her housework because she cannot do it on her own at the moment?

Of course, homemaking is monotonous at times. And, yes, sometimes it feels like we are going in circles not accomplishing much at home. Many will tell us for a woman to find fulfillment she will need to search outside her home. Is that true? Has God really said?

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