Old Fashioned Duty of a Homemaker

"The Reading Lesson" painting by Knut Ekvall, 1800's 

I was listening to an old sermon on my kitchen radio the other day. The minister was preaching about the duty of a Christian.  He talked about what makes a good Christian.  At first we are inspired and excited about our Christian life. . . perhaps we go to Bible study and hear a good sermon.  We go out and start living for the Lord based on inspiration. Well, then this feeling (or mood) starts to fade away.   If we base our actions only on our feelings, it will not last.

If we still go to church, read the Bible, and pray, even when we are not inspired . . . even when we don't feel like it. . . we are doing our duty.  We are building character. We are doing what is right no matter our mood. This is what makes a good Christian.

Do you know what makes a good Homemaker? The same principle of doing our duty as a Christian applies here.

What makes a good Homemaker?

It is when she does the dishes, makes the meals, does the laundry, makes the beds, tends to the children, and cares for her husband, no matter her mood. She does not give - in to laziness, or self-seeking ways of wasting time.  She does her work regardless of whether or not she is inspired.  If she does her daily work, she is a good homemaker.

She can be an amazing homemaker by going a bit further.  She can do this all cheerfully, enjoying the work because she does it as unto the Lord. She may sing hymns, pray as she goes, and make the home look inviting and pleasant because she wants a happy place for her family to live.

My grandmother, from what I am told by my father, was an incredible homemaker who kept a clean house and always did her work. Whenever she visited our home, or we visited hers, she was always tidy and kept her things lovely.  Her gracious presence was admirable.  She was a preacher's wife (in the 1930's) and the mother of 7 children.   She did not have the distractions we have these days - such as television, computers, or cell phones.  She kept to her business of home-keeping.  She was a loving wife and mother and a good Christian. She did her duty, and that is what made her great.

Now of course duty can get depressing if we have not love.  To keep peace and joy in your life, seek the beautiful life of a close fellowship with the Lord.  This will help us stay calm and steady no matter what storms or trials are raging in our life.  We can do our work regardless of the mood of the world around us.  This is incredibly important!

I have found that singing old time hymns make me happy.   Reading the Bible makes me happy.  Going to church makes me happy.  Doing my Christian duty brings happiness.   When we do our duties of housewifery, we will find contentment and happiness as well.

Being a good Christian and a good homemaker will bring you that peace and joy.  They work beautifully together.  This old fashioned duty is what makes amazing, godly homes.

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

I will do my Duty - No Matter What it Cost Me.

A Lifetime Commitment - Living on Mister's Income.

Have You Visited our Vermont Property? - Tour of the Estate Grounds.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 


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