This Question was asked in regard to my recent post “Are You a Runaway?”…
Q: Can you be a runaway and still be at home? I have cracker crumbs on the floor, folded laundry on the couch, dirty dishes in the sink, etc. I don’t get to the “housework” not because we are always gone and not because I’m doing all the fun things that moms “should” do…reading books, baking cookies, nature walking…
In fact, I have no idea what it is I do. I do know that I constantly feel guilty for not getting anything done, including spending quality time, making memories with my kids. I guess I’m just not sure how to balance it all. I feel like I can’t justify doing stuff with my kids when I look around and see nothing but mess, and by the time I have “finished” cleaning up, I’m too tired to do anything and no desire to make another mess that will have to be cleaned up.
How do you balance it all???
A: Balancing it all is hard when you have a house full of little ones, especially if you didn’t grow up in a house full of little ones! Maybe you’re not really a “runaway”–maybe you’re feeling “run over”?
Being a homemaker is not, contrary to popular opinion, something that “any idiot” can do. It requires training and practice to become good at it. If you–like so many of us–didn’t get that training before you had kids, you’re an “on the job” trainee!! Embrace that…run with it…and be patient with yourself. God isn’t finished with you yet!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Ask God for His wisdom in caring for your home and family in a way that glorifies Him! It is not beneath Him!
On the practical side of things, I have been learning so much from the book Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman. Even if your family isn’t “large”, it is a fantastic book full of homemaking help and biblical truth.
I’ve been blogging through the book with 4 Moms, 35 Kids. You can read my first post here:
I’ll be writing more as I work through the book myself. I’m definitely a work-in-progress…aren’t we all? Hang in there!