The floors were sticky and gross.
Dried food was stuck on the floor, and had been for several days. My children had been fighting fevers for weeks, so it hadn’t been a top priority to get them cleaned. Finally, Saturday morning came and I had the chance to get them mopped.
I felt just as gross as the floors looked. I was wearing yoga pants and a t shirt from my husband. About the only time I wear his shirts are when I’m 9 months pregnant, but I was trying a treatment of gentian violet for breastfeeding issues and it stains everything it touches!
Not the prettiest outfit I’ve ever worn. *ahem*
As I was mopping, it suddenly struck me.
Here I am, looking about as bad as I can look, and I feel feminine.
Not as in pearls and heels feminine, but as in feminine for taking care of my family. Doing a job that I’m called to do. Tending to my family.
It reminded me of the scripture we are inspired by as homemakers:
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 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 their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Looking feminine is the fun part. Dressing up in pretty clothes, putting on some pearls for a special date night – those are all the perks of being a female. The cherry on top of the sundae. A lot of women enjoy clothes, makeup, hair stuff…because they like to look pretty and feminine.
The messy stuff? We can all do without that. Who really wants to mop floors? Who wants to clean up after a child that threw up everywhere? Who joyfully looks forward to getting up 4 times a night with an infant? What woman eagerly looks forward to the pain of childbirth?
Those are all tasks that define us as women. We are called to be keepers at home, to love our husband and children, to be good, and yes, even obedient to our husbands.
So that we may show respect to God. The creator who made male and female, and gave them their own unique jobs and callings.
Let’s embrace our femininity and not allow ourselves to get discouraged when we have the dirty jobs to do. Being a homemaker can be a difficult job, and I also find it’s a lonely job. There isn’t a physical boss over you that is there to praise you on a job well done. However, there is someone higher than you that cares tremendously over what type of job you give as a homemaker. Our Lord and Savior.
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