Ironing Not Required or The Me I Long To Be

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I stand before twenty-two of my husband’s  button down, collared shirts this morning and am considering taking on a task I have long avoided. As a self-confessed domestically challenged diva I wholeheartedly embrace reality. But reality is, I love my man, and certainly want to be a blessing…maybe even do the thing I despise most. After toilet bowl scouring, spider killing, cooking, dusting, floor washing…oh hey, wait…the list is too long. Stay with me-back to ironing.

You could say,  ironing and me go together like…oil and vinegar.

BUT, as  one who believes old dogs can learn new  tricks and miracles still happen, I will share with you this  post about my domestically challenged life and how God is still working on me in this area, on the OTHER side of fifty.

 

Hope you enjoy this little re-post from 2014…and the invitation at the end.

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A Homemaker’s Prayer

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  2 Peter 1:3

Isn’t it beautiful that redemption is written into the rhythm of every day? Each new month is a fresh start. Each week, even provides this same message.

We stumble into the truth as we bump into our unholiness, look in the mirror- catch a glimpse of our own lack. Each moment we seek His mercy, there it is, fresh and faithful…for He alone is faithful.

Rejoice with me for the new beginnings found in the everyday moments when we realize our need…and recognize that we cannot come up empty-handed when we have One who has freely given us everything

A prayer for the start of a new week…

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Are You A Perfect Homemaker? (Guest Post by Susie Jackson)

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One of my very favorite bloggers to turn to for homemaking encouragement for my domestically challenged mind is Susie Jackson of The Homemakers Journey. I asked Susie to share a bit of her special style of inspiration for my readers (and ME TOO!) and know you will be blessed by her sweet perspective. A special thank you to this sweet bloggy sister and friend who despite a difficult season in her life came through to share a few words of wisdom today. I know you will love my friend, if you have not already met her here she is…the Homemaker Mom, Susie Jackson!

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The homemaker sets the tone for the home. They help bring balance to the family unit. Are homemakers perfect? No way! But, no matter if you’re a woman who works or is home full time, your home is your home and you’re a homemaker either part time or full time. Some, who stereotype women, think homemakers are the perfect housewives that can sew, make meals from scratch, can foods, grow a garden, keep a perfect home, look perfect etc. All those things are very good & worthy, but as a full time homemaker I used to think I was not a true homemaker if I didn’t do those things. There is pressure sometimes, even on moms who are home, to measure up. I would long to do those things and do them well. I would see other homemakers who seemed perfect with all their domestic skills and felt guilty. I would feel as if I was not a true homemaker when I would not measure up. But life is truly a journey even if you ‘re at home. We women carry guilt we should n’t.

Sometimes we, as ladies, look at others to measure up when we should only be looking at Jesus. 

Our jobs as homemakers is not to sew perfect, garden perfect, look perfect, clean perfect, decorate perfect.

Ask yourself, are you: 
praying daily for your family? 
Are you bringing peace and balance to your home in any way you can? 
Do you take care of your families’ daily needs? 
Do you tend to your home? 
Are you setting a good example for your kids? 
Are you raising your family in the Word of God? 
Are you trying to keep them safe & healthy? 

Then guess what you’re a great homemaker momma! Do not feel guilt. We are not perfect- only Jesus is and he wants to help us to be the women of God he called us to be. What matters is what Jesus thinks of you not the ladies at the PTA meetings. So focus on what really matters and do not feel guilty for opening that box of hamburger helper instead of making a five star meal! 

*Susie is my honorary guest and latest addition to The Inspiring Women Series find all of the Inspiring Women Posts at the Contacts Tab, or just click HERE.

**Susie Jackson is a mom of 2 teens with a few babies waiting for her in heaven. She loves God, family, home, to many hobbies & the journey life brings. She is a blogger and mom brand ambassador@ http://www.homemaker-mom.com

Rhythm and Rest (5 Minute Friday-Rhythm)

Rhythm is defined as  is a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. I’m finding my rhythm lately. In all of the chaos of life, I am starting to realize that I have my own rhythm and am tuning into that which was fading into the background. I am hearing that tune which is becoming my own. I hear it in the call of the birds in the wee morning hours. I sense it in my day as I tune into the movement and magic of each moment as the day unfolds before me. Even in the battles, I feel it. From the early walk on the beach, to the dishes being done, lunches being made, coffee brewing early. It picks up pace and I feel the rhythm of my life in the making of the bed, and the doing of the laundry. At the end of the day there is rest, and the knowing, it is well. 

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The Desperate Homemaker’s Epiphany

e·piph·a·ny
[ih-pifuh-nee]
noun, plural e·piph·a·nies.

~ a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality oressential meaning of something, usually initiated by somesimple, homely, 
or commonplace occurrence or experience.
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There I was at the sink again. 
Looking out the window I squint, spying the bird-feeder.
 Birds and squirrels crowd the sectioned off flower and rock garden 
we’ve created as a meeting place for our feathered and furry friends. 
The sink is filled with dirty dishes, again. 
Sometimes I really miss our dishwasher. 
Not that we don’t have one. It is in the basement. 
It’s been there since our move 4 years ago. 
But, I stare into that pile of dirty dishes and I know God has a message for me.
 Not that I am sure I want to hear it. 
Because in actuality, I have not even had a cup of coffee yet.
 But sometimes He, catches me when I am ready and unaware of it. 
He finds me in my unguarded moment and whispers deep truths to me. 
He extends His neck, reaching long and places nourishment into my hungry soul. 
Just like that Mama bird I saw in the Holly Bush stretching 
out her neck to insert the seed into the baby bird’s mouth. 
She flies back and forth from the feeder to the bird in the bush, 
showing Him how it’s done and soon He will be satisfied, 
and strong enough to fly to the feeder himself. 
But the Mama meets that baby bird right where he is. 
What a picture of our gracious God. 
So, I stand in the kitchen and ponder how a sink full of dirty dishes can bring forth holiness in me.
 If I can see with different eyes. 
If I can acknowledge the blessing.
 Lord, can my Quiet Time be here, now?
 You are here with me as I sink arm deep into the sudsy water of this sink,staring out at the birds and pondering your sweet provision, grace and truth. 

Perhaps, maybe right here, 
right now, my Maker is transforming me. 
Friends, so often I joke about my lack as a homemaker.
 Today, as I looked out at the birds, God corrected me. 
He wanted to give me new vision.
None of us needs to be perfect. 
If we can just allow our gracious God to meet us where we’re at.
Little by little he’ll bring us there.
And soon we’ll be flying off to greater heights.
Always under His watchful eye and care.

“Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, 
careless in the care of God.”
Matthew 6:26 
(The Message)

Today instead of proclaiming my lack, I will stand firm in His provision, power and grace.
Will you join me, dear one?
Linking with Marci and Darlene, two very inspiring Homemakers!
Also joining Courtney over at Women Living Well!

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