Do you ever look around your house, see the mess, and wonder… Why do I even bother? Believe me when I say, that I have said those exact words about a dozen times in the last week. I schedule a detail clean day each week. Usually, this is on Saturdays. I spend the entire morning deep cleaning the house. My version of deep cleaning includes every room in the house, floors, dusting, glass, bathrooms bleached, fresh sheets for everyone and getting all of the laundry caught up. I usually finish up this task right about the time its time to start dinner, and my husband to be home from work. I go to bed on Saturday night feeling like a perfect little housewife with everyone snuggled into their fresh sheets.
Then Sunday morning happens and reality quickly sets in. The laundry hampers are nearly full, dishes are all in the kitchen, Legos are in the floor, toothpaste is splattered on the mirror. Sigh! I suddenly start to feel unappreciated and angry. Why do I even bother? Obviously no one cares about my hard work around here!
I know I am not the only mom who feels this way. It is easy to get caught up in all of that, but when we keep our focus on the bigger picture of life, we can keep our attitudes at bay.
Instead of being disgruntled about laundry, thank God you have children who are well enough to play outside. Be thankful you have a sink full of dishes because, it means that you had food to eat.
Start looking at your housework as a ministry instead of the dreaded chores. Being a homeschool mom IS a ministry. We are called to teach our children. We are raising strong men and women in the Lord. We are spending hours of our days caring for future leaders and ministers of the gospel.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Sometimes we get discouraged and that is understandable. But, when we start doing our household duties unto the Lord, our hearts can be content even when things aren’t in perfect order. We can be thankful we have the opportunity to minister to our family.