It’s Vintage Homemaking week over at Karen Ehman’s blog and she has featured some AMAZING practical posts this week! If you have missed this, I encourage you to hop over and check out over 15 bloggers who are showing some really practical ways to spice up your homemaking!
I had to look it up in the dictionary to be sure I was on the right track to write about it. And here’s what the word vintage means as an adjective — it represents the high quality of a past time — like vintage clothes, vintage cars, and vintage movies.
So why would we want to embrace being vintage? Because it represents the best of what we can give our families. You see, today’s modern world shows Martha Stewart or Nate Berkus as the ultimate homemakers/decorators…but consider…do either of them have the sort of marriage and family you desire?
We can look to magazines and pinterest to help us out as we decorate – I love the extravagant skills Martha, Nate and so many bloggers have —but without a heart in the home of you mama –the house is only a museum or shell.
The woman is the heart of the home.
Your heart for homemaking matters.
But sometimes in the midst of sticky tables, dirty diapers, laundry stacked high and socks and shoes sprawled out all over the floor –we lose our heart for homemaking. We grow overwhelmed, discouraged…and even angry and bitter.
And though there are Betty Homemakers of the past – vintage homemakers – that I like to look to as role models (such as Edith Shaeffer, Emilie Barnes or the Proverbs 31 woman – whose fear of the Lord beams from her home!) I have found that the one that encourages and inspires me most in my homemaking is…
The Ultimate Homemaker– God.
Colossians 1:16 says,
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
God created earth – our home –and wow did he make it gorgeous with volcanos and vast oceans and sunsets and snow capped mountains and sparkling stars and fire flies and flavorful fruit and fancy fish and green grasslands and grand canyons and it’s not all just a feast for the eyes – but he made birds to sing – for our ears. And He made food for us to feast on and flowers for us to smell and forests for us to take shelter under.
God is the Ultimate Homemaker.
Psalm 19:1-4 says
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
God’s creation communicates.
It speaks of his glory and his love and provision for us!
In the same way, the home we create for our family –communicates–it speaks. And so we can look around our home and ask ourselves – what does my home say? Now don’t beat yourself up over dishes in the sink — because that says you fed your family. And don’t beat yourself up over baskets of laundry, that says you shopped for your family and provided clothing for them.
The question we want to answer is –how can we reflect God’s glory and love in our homes to our loved ones?
First, it’s through living out the gospel of unconditional love, sacrifice, grace and forgiveness in our homes.
Then, maybe it is through using the talents God has given you to decorate and make the space beautiful – as God has done in creation.
Maybe it’s through a cooking a flavorful meal in the kitchen, reflecting God’s provision.
Maybe it’s lighting a candle and taking an ordinary evening and making it special.
Maybe it’s turning on some soft music to change the mood in your home.
Maybe it’s through determining to smile even in the face of the trial you are in.
Maybe it’s through warm embraces and back rubs.
I think we need a lot less Martha Stewarts in the world
and a whole lot more God followers.
That’s ultimate vintage living!
Put your heart and faith into your homemaking. Make your home a haven through following the example of the Ultimate Homemaker –our Almighty God.
**Chime In: How has your faith influenced your attitude toward homemaking? What are some practical ways you reflect the Ultimate Homemaker in your home?
Walk with the King,