Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The fairy godmother's not coming!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fairy godmother who waved her magic wand and transformed our homes into pristine havens that required no upkeep from us? Then we could do that which we really loved to do without feeling at all guilty. Some of us tend to live our lives sipping coffee amidst dirty laundry and dust and mess, as if we are expecting her arrival anytime- ready to bail us out of our mess at the flick of a wrist. The family is unhappy with us and we are overwhelmed with chores that have banked up. And there is more bad news- the fairy godmother’s not coming! Well, she might if we are able to afford a maid, but for the majority of us, a maid is a luxury we can’t afford. We are IT!

Over the years, I have found that I have procrastinated about housework so much that I have spent more time planning how to simplify it, organise it and pardon the pun- sanitise it, than if I had just rolled up my sleeves and got on with it. It would have been done sooner and I would have been able to enjoy my leisure time more than I did with my parrot on the shoulder telling me that the work still hadn’t been done! Wisdom through life experience and hindsight has taught me to do that which I don’t enjoy first then relax. It is almost impossible to relax when you have chores that are calling out your name!

God has called us to be domestic- to be the keepers of our home. Whilst it is important that we don’t eat the bread of idleness, I don’t think that He intends us to have no other pursuits in life other than housework. There has to be a balance. The woman who alphabetises her spices and has cupboards that are washed out every week is as unbalanced as the woman who can’t find a clean shirt for her husband or a clean cup to drink from.

I believe the Christian woman has to ensure that her home is clean, her family’s clothes are washed and ironed and that meals are on time and nutritious. She doesn’t have to fret that her home is not like Home Beautiful- but her home should be welcoming to her friends and nurturing to her family. That’s what Home is all about.

If the home is reasonably clean and her husband is contented and her children happy, then I feel that is all that is required of her. It takes effort, discipline and diligence to see that these things are attended to, and it is the wife’s task, for she is Keeper of The Home.

The Christian wife sets the temper of the home and it is her godly responsibility to be domestic. It is her calling and hers alone- she must look after her home with or without help and sick or not, for unfortunately, the fairy godmother’s not coming!

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10


  1. Couldn't agree more - no need to become obsessive about the house, otherwise we just turn our homes into idols. Because I work full-time I have to be very organised, so I make sure I never go to sleep to a messy house or leave in the morning without doing the dishes and making sure the kitchen is neat and clean. Because the children are grown up it does stay tidy and it really is quite easy to maintain. When I come home to an orderly home, it is such a nice feeling and life isn't stressful.

    My husband likes to clean my oven - he prefers to use the yucky chemicals and says he can scrub more manly than I can!!! So he does that job:) He also cleans the windows.

    1. That is so true, Joluise! A lot of women are obsessive about the house and it doesn't make for a peaceful home! I think you have covered the basics by your maintenance and routines.... an orderly home helps cut out a lot of stress. Can you get your husband to contact Chris and show him how easy it is to clean ovens and windows? LOL But seriously, you are blessed. It all helps everything run smoothly if tasks are shared!


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