Daily Reflections

Not Stereotypical

August 12, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Every wise woman builds her house. —Proverbs 14:1

Does having a heart for home mean every woman needs to grind her own wheat and bake her own bread? Line her cellar with canned fruit and vegetables from her garden? Knit and quilt?

I’ve heard women mock and exaggerate such stereotypical “homemaking” activities as a way of dismissing—and thereby missing—the whole point.

What matters isn’t what a woman’s home looks like or what she does there but whether she’s giving it the appropriate priority. Is she fulfilling her God-given calling in her home and in the lives of her family? Is she giving them more than just the leftovers of her time and attention? Is she investing her heart and best efforts in these priceless lives? Is she being diligent, productive, and intentional in the care and oversight of her home and in meeting her family’s needs?

There is no one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to how this works. Having a heart for home will look different for different women, depending on what best serves their family’s needs at any given time.

Make it Personal

What does having a “heart for home” look like in your family and stage of life right now?