“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.”
~ Dorothy Patterson
“Feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
Words of Encouragement:
Let me leave you with these words from Dorothy Kelley Patterson that are directed to you single women out there too:
“A homemaker is prepared from creation to provide comfort, order, relaxation, peace and restoration in an atmosphere especially planned for her own family to provide a loving center to which everyone in the family will be drawn. Truly, there should be no place like home. Single women are not without the DNA from the Creator to create a prepared and welcoming place. Even without husband or children, a woman needs home to satisfy her nesting and nurturing instincts. A single woman too, should prepare a place of comfort, solace, and one in which to recharge her energies. As you create your home, you not only meet your personal needs, but you also receive those whom God send to you for ministry.”
This week take the time to pray and ask the Lord to give you a heart towards home if you have found yourself lacking joy in caring for your home and family. Take the time to do the assignment and make a list of all that is on your plate and evaluate and pray over each extra item that may be negotiable.
If you are contemplating opportunities outside the home, I encourage you to ponder these wise questions from Carolyn Mahaney taken from her book Feminine Appeal. They are to help you in determining that you are making wise decisions and that you do not lose sight of your primary obligation to your home.
-What are my reasons for considering this opportunity? Are they selfish or God honoring?
– Will pursuing this venture glorify God and honor the gospel?
– Is this an undertaking that will help my husband?
– Will it enhance and enrich the lives of my family?
– Does this endeavor hinder my role as caretaker of my home?
shelly sangrey says
Thank you so much for this. Sometimes I feel as if I’m not serving enough because between being a wife, having eleven kids, homeschooling, and keeping house, the only outside ministry I’m involved in is the church nursery, and I feel as if I’m not serving enough. Thank you for reminding me that family is a ministry.
Love the quotes that you shared throughout this post! I visited from the Joy Dare Link Up this morning.
The Mama says
Could you please direct me to the book by G.K. Chesterton in which you found that quote?
And I’m enjoying this series so far, thank you!
Marci Ferrell says
Thank you for taking the time to visit 🙂 – it is from The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Volume 4, page 440.