The dignity of homeworking

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I need this reminder from time to time

The dignity of homeworking - part of Carolyn Mahaney's message titled: Being Busy at Home
“Somebody has to be the nest maker, the artist, the interior decorator, the imaginative person with a dignity born of understanding its importance...” Edith Schaeffer

“Homeworking--being a full-time wife and mother--is not a destructive drought of usefulness but an overflowing oasis of opportunity;
it is not a dreary cell to contain one’s talents and skills but a brilliant catalyst to channel creativity and energies into meaningful work;
it is not a rope for binding one’s productivity in the marketplace, but reigns for guiding one’s posterity in the home; it is not oppressive restraint of intellectual prowess for the community, but a release of wise instruction to your own household; it is not the bitter assignment of inferiority to your person, but the bright assurance of the ingenuity of God’s plan for the complementarity of the sexes, especially as worked out in God’s plan for marriage; it is neither limitation of gifts available nor stinginess in distributing the benefits of those gifts, but rather the multiplication of a mother’s legacy to the generations to come and generous bestowal of all God meant a mother to give to those He entrusted to her care.” Dorothy Patterson

“She brings him [her husband] good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:12

“Happy is the man who when he thinks of home while he’s working, is cheered and not weighed down.” Anonymous

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears
hers down.” Proverbs 14:1

“...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. We must not be overcome by the surrogacy of this age, which offers even a substitute womb for those so encumbered by lofty pursuits that they cannot accept God-given roles and assignments.” Dorothy Patterson

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:5-6

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23