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On Becoming a Wholehearted Housewife

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people…”  Eph. 6:7

This verse used to bother me as a housewife and stay-at-home mom. There I’d be putting another load of laundry into the wash, cleaning out the toilets, and trying to make this place look “magazine ready” and I’d quote this scripture begrudgingly along the way. Thankfully I’ve moved on from this sour state-of-mind AND from believing my home needs to be “magazine ready!”

Recently, thinking through the pros and cons of my job – and yes it is a job – this scripture once again came to the forefront of my mind. Only this time, I viewed it differently. I imagined the verse asking me a question. The question was that if Jesus, himself, were coming to visit how much more would I do? Truth is, probably a lot more. I mean, lets be real. When we are planning for company we take time to do things, that we might not always do. This post, for that matter, happens to be right before our household welcomes guests. This past weekend, my husband and I took a little more initiative to do some of the extras that are often overlooked. Things like cleaning light fixtures, wiping down walls and ceiling fans and such. But what if it were a King coming over to have dinner with us? I imagine, I’d be a lot like Martha here in this Bible story:

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Yeah, for you Mary! But, seriously, Martha is doing good here too, for she is serving and preparing with her whole heart. Sorry, I had to stick up for the one who gets a lot of flack in this scripture. 🙂

Though, doing laundry, dishes, filing, cleaning grime out of the stove, wiping down baseboards, making sure there is food in the house, changing beds, and so on is anything but fun, I realize it is a part of my responsibility. I do it, because there are many benefits to my job as well. Just as some are rewarded financially, or by way of company perks, I am rewarded with a lot of freedom. As a creative person I enjoy this. I need to be able to have that freedom and create for it is what fills my soul. I am blessed to have this opportunity and don’t take it lightly. My husband walks out the door early every single morning. He works hard, long hours. He coaches and helps with homework. The least I can do, is make our home a sanctuary that allows us all to breathe.

Whoa! I have come a LONG way! 🙂 ha!

What about you? What one additional thing might make your home run a little bit smoother? Is it getting laundry folded and put away? Is it making sure there is a plan for dinner? Now, what if you envisioned yourself doing it because you were about to have a King come to your home? How might you go about it differently? Share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you!

Til next time,


Kim PennaOctober 21, 2015 - 6:51 pm

I love this, Rana. This scripture and story speaks to me in so many ways. I want to be a Mary and a Martha. What I work hard to do is be intentionally organized with my day. So that our house doesn’t overwhelm my family but offers us a stress free and fun environment …. But the organization helps me be able to be the Mary I want to be so that I have time to “be” in the Word, with my kids, my husband and myself. It doesn’t always work out that way but I strive for that.

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