THE HOME MAKER (1)
You are welcome to another wonderful month, filled with pleasant surprises for you. It is my prayer that all the month has in store according to Revelation 22:2 will be delivered to you and your household in Jesus’ name.
As a woman, you are ordained to be a Home Maker! Also, you are an ordained help for your husband. God expects the woman to help her man bear the weight of the responsibilities he carries. Your duty includes ensuring that your husband does not fail as the head of the home. In addition, you are, to submit to your husband, while you provide this help. Truly, the home is what the woman makes of it. She can either choose to make it a place filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit, joy, peace, laughter or a place full of tension. The woman has the responsibility to keep the home conducive for the in-dwelling presence of God that guarantees peace, tranquility and prosperity.
Peaceful homes are not wished into being; they are carefully and consciously cultivated. The Bible says: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to the husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed (Titus 2:4-5). Keeping the home requires diligence both spiritually and physically.
Physically, it involves cleaning and meeting the immediate needs of your family members, while spiritually, you need to stand in prayers, fasting and sit on the Word. Both aspects require energy and is time-consuming, but the result speaks for itself.
A lazy woman cannot keep a home, because keeping a home requires a lot of sacrifices from you. The description of the virtuous woman as seen in Proverbs 31 is that of a productive wife, woman and mother.
While a woman keeps her house spiritually by prayer and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, she must also ensure the practical aspects of it such as cleanliness, provision of meat for her household (Proverb 31:15), provision of comfort and encouragement, being a financial help to the home and basically taking care of the home front.
It is said that charity, which means love, begins at home. You cannot be charitable to those outside your home, when your immediate family have not received such treatment.
Thank God for husbands who will help out in the kitchen, but it is your duty as a woman to feed your family well. Genesis 3:6 says: “And when the woman saw that the three was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Unfortunately, Eve fed her husband with poison instead of life. Woman, what are you feeding your family with? There is a popular adage that says, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Woman, your family is what they eat. If they are healthy, it can be practically traced to their eating habits.
It is not enough to feed with sumptuous food, but you need to feed them right. Are the foods they eat nutritious? Or do you give them just anything? Ecclesiastes 10:10 says: ‘wisdom is profitable to direct’. Please secure the health of your family by feeding them with good food; especially in this day and age of processed foods, fast foods and snacks. Remember, “garbage in, garbage out”. You will not fail in Jesus’ name.
Another aspect of being a homemaker is through hospitality. The woman holds the key to family hospitality. The level of a man’s hospitality is affected by the woman. So, every woman must learn how to be hospitable. Hospitality brings blessings like increases, angelic presence and honour (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:12). I often encourage women to always be hospitable; both at home and outside.
One woman testified of how a visitor came to their house and did not have enough money with which to return to his station. He belonged to another branch of the Church. She told him that her husband was out of town and the money he left wasn’t even enough for them. She, however, sold some foodstuff and gave him the money. Before the man left, he made some prophetic utterances, that God would surprise her. The following week, God began to visit her home with money, materials and foodstuff like never before! Where there was previous insufficiency, became a place of abundance! Hospitality opens you up to blessings and ensures that you never lack.
In the early days of this ministry, my husband and I had to share our home and toilet facilities with the whole church. We did it then without grumbling or complaining, knowing that it was just a phase and we would pass through it to a better phase. I believe that was one of the reasons why God blessed us with a larger place. However, caution should be exercised before you throw open your doors to people as there are some wolves in sheep’s clothing always trying to dupe people or do evil. May God give you the needed wisdom in Jesus’ name.
God is the true rewarder of every good work and embracing Him opens you up to His rewards. However, you need Jesus Christ to be committed and maintain commitment in marriage. Peradventure, you are not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored)
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