Welcome to the final stretch of my 31 Days Writing Challenge. Today is Day 28 and we’re considering a good wife as we read through the book of Sirach. We talked about an intelligent wife and a modest wife; today let’s consider a good wife in her well ordered home.
A Good Wife in Her Well Ordered Home
So a good wife can be defined by how well her home is ordered? Uh-Oh. I could go through some legitimate excuses like a two month long illness, nine of us, traveling, hunting, nine of us…but they would just be excuses. A well ordered home just makes life easier don’t you think? It’s a constant struggle of mine to move and breathe in a well ordered home while granting grace to the nine of us so I’m not constantly walking around saying “Do this…Do that…Why did you not do that or this?” Although I’m pretty sire my children would tell you I say that way too much already and anyway. But let’s consider,
What are the benefits of a well ordered home anyway?
- You can find what you are looking for quickly and easily (read not turning over couches and digging under beds for an hour)
- You save money because you don’t double purchase something you already own but cannot find.
- Safety–in case of fire you would not bust your shin on an open drawer or trip over a pile of dirty laundry.
- You won’t step on Lego’s…enough said there.
- Always ready, willing and able to practice the virtue of hospitality.
- It shows importance and usefulness for the things you own.
- It honors and respects your husband’s sacrifice working for the family.
- It shows your personal pride in owning and keeping your possessions nice.
In one of my favorite posts ever read on the internet and by one of my favorite bloggers, Elizabeth Foss, she address this verse and the need for order in the home.
I want to be a gracious wife, not just a gracious hostess. Not just a lovely face to the public, but a comfort and a blessing to my husband. So, why bother with homemaking? Because God call us to be virtuous wives and He tells us that virtuous wives live in well-ordered homes.
Order precedes beauty. Radiance is the goal. Our housekeeping routines are crucial to the smooth functioning of our days, our weeks. Life in a well-ordered home does shine. Radiance streams into our lives like the grace of God. Ordering a home isn’t something you do once and it stays that way. Instead, it’s a continual commitment.
Remember when we considered Who is My Neighbor? Our family is our neighbor first then like spokes on a tire the circle expands…but it starts at home.
That is a disservice to ourselves as a child of the King. It is a disservice to God the Father from Whom all good things come. It is a disservice to those in our home when we show them, our home is not the priority.
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