Our Home Is Our Castle

The Proverbs 31 woman has always been one of my favorite passages of Scripture. Some women say she is too perfect, so far out of reach that no one could be like her. I don't think she is meant to be a goal, though, but an inspiration. When we desire to know God's will for our lives, little by little, we can read more and more into what this lovely lady represents.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. (v11)

During wartime, the victorious army would ravage the land they just conquered and bring home their spoil - anything they could take with them. While this was predatory and sometimes dishonest, it was often necessary for soldiers to provide for their families needs.

If we as help meets are performing our roles and duties as God has assigned, there will be no need for our husbands to go elsewhere to find wealth, nourishment or entertainment. Their hearts can safely trust that we are properly caring for their homes. When home is a refuge, the desire is to be there, to enjoy time there and make it better as days go on.

This responsibility women have been given means we are to be active in our homes - cleaning, organizing, creating an atmosphere that draws our families to them. This only comes through practice, study, involvement and time in our houses making them better and more comfortable every day.

But we are not born with the knowledge and understanding to run a household. This role of creator of the home environment is to be learned and grown.

The aged women likewise, that they be in good behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5)

There is so much we can learn from the previous generations about the desire to keep our homes. The modern world asks us to leave the house and leave it the way it is. This is a selfish focus that makes our home less of a refuge and more of a last resort. It has not always been this way - find your Titus older woman and watch how she keeps her home.

We should pray daily for the desire to make our homes our castles - for God's will to be performed and for our families to have a retreat from the world. Our role as help meet gives us the opportunity to try new things, change our home for the better and make returning at the end of day a pleasure.

Be a good steward of whatever home God has given you. Find pleasure in each task, each chore and each new day. With the joy of the Lord as our strength we can keep our home and enjoy each moment of the journey.

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