We all know that just having a house does not mean you have a home. I thank God that He provided me with a home growing up. My mother’s life was dedicated to being a Godly homemaker. All she did revolved around her home-life. Three things that really have helped me continue the legacy of homemaking are: making the home a priority, caring enough to make a beautiful environment and extending gracious hospitality to anyone who might come by, planned or not.
Everyone who knew my mother while she was growing as young lady knew that her heart’s desire was to be a wife and mother in this lifetime. Once she started to have children, she never had a job outside of the home and was very content with my father providing the income. Even when all of her children were graduated from school, she still remained satisfied with home life. When I was younger, my friends would come over to a welcoming house; clean, organized and with a hot meal provided. People were often floored that my mom had the time with six children to keep up with household chores. It was not an option for her, serving her family and creating a home was her life work!
My mother took what some might call “pride” in the appearance of her house. She would not have called it pride, instead she felt it was a reflection of her love for God and His blessings upon her. She took the time to decorate our bedrooms with themes. I grew up in a teddy bear-themed nursery, then had a tulip-themed bedroom, and lastly, she helped me decorate my room with birds. She never spent much money on decorations, here and there she would pick up an item to add to the walls and shelves. My father and she picked out sturdy, well-made furniture that would last for generations. She waited for sales and loved shopping at second-hand stores. Anytime she found a decoration with a Bible verse, she most likely bought it. There were always verses around the house to remind us of God’s Word and ways.
People do not understand how someone in my generation can pull-off a potluck at my house singlehandedly. Those who knew who taught me these skills would understand. My mother was into good, old-fashioned hospitality. She provided amply for the needs of any visitors. If someone would come by on a whim, in just a few minutes, she would have hot tea, coffee and a snack provided.
Two neighbors came to pull trees out of our fields and there my mom was with a beach umbrella for shade and a table with chairs beneath, accompanied by lemonade and a plate of cookies! When we had overnight guests, she established ahead of time the meal-plan, where everyone would sleep and had the sheets and towels all set out. Many of the meals would be made ahead of time to pop in the oven as needed. To this day, family and family friends speak fondly of a specific dish my mom made or local gardens they visited while with us.
Even though my mom fell asleep in Jesus two years ago, her example lives with me always. Her dedication to God and the home, family and company He gave her over the years continues to inspire me. Perhaps it was her daily enthusiasm for creating a Godly home life that lead me to become a homemaker before marriage. Today, I am thankful God has me serving in the home He has provided. I enjoy being creative in decorating the home. Today, there is at least one Bible verse in every room whether stitched on a pillow, framed on the wall, or otherwise. I know that most importantly, our homes are to reflect God’s love for us and that we should use it to further His purposes. I magnify God for giving me my mother’s beautiful example of homemaking and pray that if I am blessed with children I will continue her legacy of fully embracing home life.