Balls, Dust Bunnies, and Cobwebs
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. (Titus 2:3-5 ESV)
I looked up the other day when in the shower, and had to squint through the shampoo to see what appeared to be something fuzzy and black resting on top on the tiny high ledge.
My first fear was mold! But thankfully, it was just a healthy dose of dust . . . black fibers from our dark towels. As I dried off, I gave our ensuite washroom a critical look around and didn’t like what I saw. The toilet gets swooshed and the sink an occasional wipe but the walls and crevices were neglected and . . . for an ex ‘toothbrush mom’, disgusting.
I struggle with being an over-extended working woman. I do. For eleven years I stayed home and kept house, loved, and fed my family and fellowshipped regularly with other stay at home moms. It was a glorious, blessed season. My house was spotless, hot dinners ready every day, and I always seemed to be immersed in deep Bible studies and groups.
Since returning to a full-time office job and part-time ministry, my home was beginning to show of neglect.
Ladies, do you ‘fail’ to keep all the balls up in the air? Are you feeling a bit pooped . . . and it’s only Wednesday? We need to cut ourselves some slack in a few areas (like little ledges that are seven feet above our showers) and also be praying to see if we have taken on too much.
Yes, we are to strive to reflect the Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 examples, but we need to understand that it has much more to do with character development and heart conditions than passing any white glove tests.
Give yourself – and your exhausted friends – a break! Let’s all encourage each other in the Lord and turn blind eyes to any dust bunnies or hanging cob webs.
Father, what a privilege to have a home to keep – even if the bank owns it or we are paying rent. Forgive us for living harried lives. Help us to choose the important – hugging our children, loving our spouses, but most of all loving You – and to loosen up and forgive ourselves for temporal shortcomings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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