Learn to embrace your work! {Day 16}


Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest…Exodus 34:21

Some days I would rather ignore that scripture. Cooler fall days makes me want to drop everything and head to the park for the day. I struggle getting out of bed during cold winter days, and dream of hot chocolate and marshmallows and fleece pajamas.

But we are told to work. I have a hard time imagining Jesus encouraging us wives to spend our days working with our fleece pajamas on. 🙂  So out of the pajamas I go and into work clothes. But what if my heart is still in the pajamas?

I’ve experienced days at home that are just miserable. The children are grumpy, but it’s because I’m grumpy. They don’t want to do their school, but I don’t want to do it either! Chores are hardly done, but my chores are not done wholeheartedly. The day ends with me in tears, barking at them to just get their pajamas on and please get in bed right now!

My heart is not with my children; it is still longing for my pajamas.

It is not enough to just get up and get dressed. We must focus on getting out of our comfy lounge clothes and putting on the attitude of work. Our heart must truly desire to be of service to our family. Being a wife and mother is a real job. It’s not just cooing over our new baby, and enjoying the company of our husband. It takes a lot of work, and yes, skill.

We are a cook, housekeeper, organizer, counselor, mediator, chauffeur, teacher, secretary, and nurse (and I’ve probably left out  few things)! Don’t let anyone tell you that staying at home with your children isn’t important. You truly do an amazing job. Look the part of those roles, and get out of your pajamas and into the clothes of a professional mother! Nobody will hire you if you show up at a job interview in your pajamas!

Embrace the spirit of work. Learn to enjoy it. There will be special times when you run to the park, or sip some hot cocoa with your little ones. But those moments don’t come every day. Work hard at those ordinary, mundane tasks that are yours to do everyday. If you do, I can assure you, it makes the special moments all the more rewarding for you and your children.



Today’s Challenge:

1. Get dressed with a cheerful attitude!

2. Read day 16 from “Frumps to Pumps” ebook.

3. Be truly present in your home today. Not just with your physical presence but with your heart. Allow yourself to truly enjoy the work you do around the house, and the great blessing of the children you have.

6 Comments on Learn to embrace your work! {Day 16}

  1. This is great! I know sometimes if I get off track early in the week, I tend to let the whole week “go to pot.” I need to be fully present and probably handle things I don’t necessarily want to early on!

    Nicole @ WKH

  2. Thank you for this wonderful reminder! I needed it today 🙁 I really do have the most wonderful job in the world, but I didn’t get enough sleep on the weekend and my attitude is showing it this morning. But thanks to your post, my attitude WILL improve! 🙂

  3. “I have a hard time imagining Jesus encouraging us wives to spend our days working with our fleece pajamas on.”

    Just a thought – but didn’t Jesus always judge the heart? Does it really matter *what* we wear to be a homemaker, as long as our hearts are in the right place and we are doing our best? For me personally, I have found that when I get dressed, it sets the tone for the day and I accomplish more because I am in the mindset to work. That said, I don’t think any less of someone who prefers to be comfortable while working about the home. In fact, there are days when I remain in my “around the house clothes” for the majority of the day!

    • I do the same thing….when we go out for errands or what not I wear nice clothes and dress up…when it’s a cleaning and baking day I’m in my running pants and a nice fitting t-shirt. I find that I’m in the mind set to work when I have my “cleaning” clothes on 🙂

  4. Thank you for this post. I’m trying to do the challenges but I seem to miss more than I make. I need this today because I need to EMBRACE my work which includes the whole house getting back in order. I have let it slide far to long. Thank you for the extra PUSH this morning to get moving and do my work.

  5. I’m finding that the days I spend in jammies are “intentionally lazy family days” – like a Saturday – and not “I wasn’t paying attention and forgot to get dressed” like before.

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