Making a Home is about so much more than keeping it clean and organized. Making a home is about so much more than meal planning and budgeting.
Homemaking isn’t just about the functional. Homemaking is about supporting your family by making the home environment one that is restful, restorative, and welcoming. <- Tweet This
In fact, we are all homemakers: stay-at-home women, work-at-home women, working women, single women…Even husbands and children are homemakers. Homes are made by the people who inhabit them. Every member of your family is a homemaker in some aspect, because they all bring something of value to the home.
As a woman however, you often fall into the role of primary homemaker (or as I like to call it: “Manager of the Home”). But what is homemaking? If it isn’t merely cooking and cleaning, what is it?
Well, over the next eight weeks we will uncover just that. Through careful contemplation and study I have boiled down all that the home is and all that it represents to 7 basic pillars. These are the things on which the entire home is supported. Without these pillars, our homes and our hearts start to slide. When all 7 Pillars of Home are in place and intact, we are as well.
The first pillar is Faith. Through faith, we can accomplish all things. Without Faith at the very center, all your efforts will be done in vain. If your home is built on just one pillar, let it be this one.
The second pillar is Family. All that we do for the home is for our family. Both inside and outside the home, family is second only to God.
The third pillar is Health. In keeping the health of both yourself and your family, you are ensuring that your time together is both enjoyable and lengthy. Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, and He can more effectively work through you when given a clean and healthy place to reside.
The fourth pillar is Community. God gives us parents, and grandparents, aunts and uncles. He also gives us community. We learn through those we surround ourselves with, and if those we learn from are limited to family alone, we will soon develop a very limited viewpoint. Community is essential, and mentorship is a treasure. By engaging in your Church or local community, you are opening yourself up to a plethora of learning opportunities. Through community you can lead others to Christ, or to deepening their relationship with Him.
The fifth pillar is Function. This is the pillar most commonly associated with the home, and perhaps because it is the easiest to learn and requires the least amount of commitment. Function includes cooking, cleaning, and general organization. The peace this can bring to the home is astonishing and is not to be taken lightly.
The sixth pillar is Finance. You don’t have to have a lot of money, but managing it as best as you can is essential to the peace of your home. The number one reason for divorce is financial problems, so if you are to keep your family together you must keep your finances in order as well.
The seventh and final pillar is Leisure. Leisure has a bit of a bad rap in the Christian community and has developed a reputation of being “slothful” or “lazy.” Rest gives us a time to slow down, catch up, and be in conversation with He who made us. Rest is just as essential as the functional element of home life.
I’m so excited to start on this journey in discovering the foundation and pillars of home life. I hope that you’ll join in and click through to www.dollybigelow.com each Monday for the next 8 weeks and share what the home means to you!
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What pillar could you use work on in your family life? Which one is the strongest for you? Let me know in the comments below and get the conversation started!
I’m proudly linking up with: Titus 2sday, Growing Homemakers, Raising Homemakers, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, and Wedded Wednesday.