What is a Homemaker?
When I decided to create this site, I researched the definition of a homemaker. All the dictionaries had pretty similar definitions. The Urban Dictionary apparently is a place where people can write their own definition. It encompasses many of the homemaking duties the other sites listed, even though it did not carry through, as most sites did, that a homemaker is a married woman whose primary occupation is to care for the home. So let’s see what it says:
A Person, usually a woman, who cares for her own home and family by cleaning, cooking nutritious meals, doing laundry, running errands, caring for pets, working with a budget, organizing, etc. She is her own boss and enjoys the freedom of creating her own schedule. She does not have time to be lazy.
She realizes the value of her unpaid job as a homemaker because it brings stability to the family and less stress for all.
How Do You Define Homemaker?
Let me ask you, when you think of the role of a homemaker, what comes to your mind? Is it a list of chores? Caring for the children? Making meals? If homemaking is your “only occupation” WHY? WHY is it important to you to be home? Personally, I like how it states above, “she realizes the value of her unpaid job as a homemaker because it brings stability to the family and less stress for all.” Do you believe that? Are you living that? Do you feel like you are running from one task to another, constantly on the go, and still drowning? Or do you enjoy being home, taking care of your husband, home and children? Does it bring you pleasure to love your husband through your words and actions? Do you love each of your children enough to train them properly: working out those wrong traits while nurturing and encouraging their good traits? Does it bring you pleasure to know you are training up a responsible man or woman of character? What about when you’ve waxed the floor or given the kitchen a good scrubbing. Does that bring you pleasure? It does me. I knew from a little girl on that all I wanted to be was a mom and homemaker, that was my chosen “profession.” I wanted to stay home and cook and clean and have a large family. It didn’t quite work out the way I imagined, but that story is for another day. I still believe in that caring for the home (husband, home and children) is still my primary calling and function. Many of you feel that way, too.
What Does Scripture Say?
In this definition of a homemaker, I don’t want to forget what it says in the Bible. You don’t have to believe in God or the Bible to be on this site. As a Christian woman I was definitely influenced by what I read in the Bible, even though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home myself. Learning to be a Christian wife has been a real struggle. It was so totally foreign to my upbringing and what I learned – both at home and in the then new feminist teachings at school. Some of the character traits of a Godly woman are totally foreign to my natural bent, too. I have natural leadership skills, I’m analytical, and I have definite ideas of how things should be done. Learning God’s ways of being a Godly wife was not easy, but I was determined to walk out God’s design for a wife, mother and homemaker the best I knew how. As time goes on we will look at those verses. We will tear them apart and look at the root meanings. We will look at how they apply today. We will look at ways to implement them. We will compare what the world is saying is right to what God says. We will do as the Bible says: study to show ourselves approved. Then each of us must choose what we will do with that information. I am not here as your judge. What you do is between you and God. As Joshua said, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”