Making every day Worship

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

“…every day is a worship experience when your body is yielded to the Lord.”

This quote from Warren Wiersbe’s commentary on Romans called Be Right, really hit home for me. Finding myself in a place where my current job title is “housewife” I often struggle with an insecurity and fear that I’m not doing enough. When I worked as a ministry assistant for a college ministry, this question never came up because furthering God’s kingdom wasn’t just my heartbeat, it was my career. Feeling a bit isolated in this place, sometimes I wonder “how am I making His name known? How am I making a difference in His kingdom when my sphere is much smaller and my opportunity for ministry isn’t as direct?” Fighting this insecurity and seeking truth in this period of my life, I was so encouraged when I came across this quote.


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a 27 year old housewife

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As I sit here sipping my coffee, and looking around my now "spic and span" home (seriously, I'm pretty proud of this level of clean- excuse me for tooting my own horn) I am so thankful for a break from the cleaning craze.  I worked my tail off the past few days, trying to get the home ready for a little get-together at my house earlier this week and prepare for in-laws coming in May.  So being able to take a little rest today and look around me and be content with how the house looks, is just so nice.  

Being newer homeowners with several projects in swing, I didn't realize how long it can really take to clean up the mess and chaos and get the house in order.  It seems like all I've been doing the past couple weeks is cleaning and organizing.  And cleaning more.  And organizing.  And re-cleaning.  And organizing.  After my grandma passed away, my grandpa developed a strong respect for housewives and was often heard saying, "Once I finally get all the housework done for the day, the day is over and it's time for bed!" If only he were around, I'd love to call him up and say, "Gramps, You were right!" 

I must admit though, that the amount of housework involved and an increased respect for housewives, doesn't even touch the tip of the iceberg of all the thoughts that have been swirling around in my head about being a 27 year old housewife.  I touched on this subject very briefly in my April goals post, as I shared that sometimes I feel like a misfit in this world because I don't have a "real" job.  And honestly, it's a subject that's been on my mind for quite awhile now.  Being in this place, I think I feel like a misfit partly because it seems like I'm the only 27 year old housewife without children (thank you Linda for encouraging me I'm not alone), but mostly because I feel highly misunderstood. With a capital M.  

Had you asked me 3 years ago if this was my plan, I would have laughed in your face.  I worked with a college ministry and pictured myself in that type of role until death do us part.  But now, here I am, and I'm learning how to embrace and be content with where the Lord has me... and yet, I have a horrible time because so often I am faced with questions like "so... what do you do all day?  Don't you get bored?" accompanied by a "hmm.." or the occasional "that must be nice."  Hearing all those questions is really starting to make my blood boil.  Not because they are insincere or something but because along with the question comes this cynicism/judgement that what I am doing doesn't compare to the norm.  

It's hard to write this post without getting a little fired up.  I know that not all people who ask me about what I'm doing are judging me.  And I also understand that a lot of it is probably just my own insecurity and lack of confidence in where I am at right now, because it isn't where I expected to be...  

So, here's where I'd like to go from here.  To tell you that being a housewife does not mean that I can be found sitting on my couch in my robe from sun up to sun down watching movies, painting my nails, watching TV, and taking naps.  And no, I don't get bored because I'm not just sitting here waiting for the day to pass by.  Sure, there are slower days here and there but for the most part, I am just as busy as you are in your job; it just looks different.  Instead of clocking in at an office or establishment, I am volunteering in a classroom twice a week, I'm dropping off and picking up my husband's dry cleaning, I'm grocery shopping, I'm heading to the gym, I'm cleaning and organizing our new home, I'm working on my writing, I'm doing projects here and there for my dad's work, and I'm looking forward to leading a bible study this summer.  I assure you, I am not just sitting around all the time.  

Saying all that, sounding a bit defensive (forgive me) I guess all that I am hoping for is to be more understood, and to be respected and encouraged for where I'm at.  I am learning to be at peace with this, (I think sharing these thoughts with you plays a big role) and to embrace this time as the blessing that it really is.  [A huge shout out to my husband for supporting me.]  I know that I won't be here forever, and I look forward to wherever the Lord is calling me next.  But for now, I'm learning to be content and confident that my role as a 27 year old housewife is just as valuable as being in any other place.  

Romans 8:28 that says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  This time in my life has a purpose in God's plan for me, and I am bound and determined to soak it up for all that it's worth.  

March madness brings April..... gladness???

Saturday, April 12, 2014

When I made this list at the beginning of March,  I knew the month was going to jam-packed, but I really thought that I could make it happen.  Here's what I was working towards-

               go look at (and hopefully) buy the area rug from West Elm - April is the month I can feel it....
               celebrate my sister's big 30 with all sorts of fun all month - success!!
               eat breakfast every day - I'm half crossing this off because I've gotten better, but definitely still need to work on making this happen every day
               read 2 books - YES! I read Bitterblue and Divergent. I loved Divergent (way better than the movie in my opinion)
               try a Yoga class 
               work on project for dad's work 

All in all, 3 out of 6 isn't terrible, but not my best work.  As far as April goes, I don't think making a to-do list full of tasks/must do's, is the motivation that I am looking for this month [and yes I realize we are already halfway through the month- yikes].

Lately, I have felt like I've been in a bit of a slump.  Some days I'll be totally fine, and dominate the day and its craziness... and then the next, I'm dragggggging myself through the day, fighting off insecurities and anxieties.  It's difficult and tiring to keep up with that swing of emotions!  So, what I'd really like to do this month, instead of task oriented goals, is make somewhat of an attitude adjustment and be more intentional about being a happier, more joyful version of myself.

            fight off feelings of insecurity & take advantage of a freer schedule - As a 27 year old housewife, sometimes I feel like a misfit in this world due to society's lame way of judging each other based on what we "do" as a career.  I want to fight against this insecurity and be content with where the Lord has me right now.  And I want to make the best of it by taking the opportunity to help others out/spend some quality time [ways to do this: take mom out to lunch over her spring break from her bible study responsibilities, continue volunteering in Steph's classroom twice a week, be intentional about spending time with my dear friend Tara before she moves]

             be content with the weather................. - ugh.  Even writing that, I struggle not to roll my eyes.  I really really really need Spring to come and STAY.  I can feel my body's lack of Vitamin D, I really need the sun.  But I also really need to be content with what the Lord has provided- even in the cold in April.  I need to adjust this attitude.

             write two letters of appreciation - A big part of being joyful is being thankful, is it not?  This month I want to think less about myself and the concerns, worries, and whatever, and think more about those around me- letting them know that they are loved and appreciated.

            pray over anxious feelings as soon as they pop into my head - for some reason, my prayer life has been seriously lacking lately.  I know that this plays a significant role in seeking joy and peace.

I honestly am really looking forward to working on these things during the last few weeks of April!  My prayer is that it has a significant impact on the level of joy and peace in my life.  Hope your month is off to a great start.


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