For a second, I was discouraged because I pretty much planned out my entire day for tomorrow and the bulk of it will be spent *outside* our home. Geez, this house is never 100% in order.
And then, came the epiphany.
It doesn't have to be.
As a homemaker, my primary responsibility is to create a home, not clean one. A home is not defined by its perfect state of being, its absolutely positively impeccable look, nor its fancy design.
A home is defined by the sweet presence of Jesus that lingers within its four walls.
A home is defined by the genuine smiles of little people who truly enjoy living there.
A home is defined by a God-glorifying harmonious marriage where service and cross-like love abound.
A home is defined by a mama who knows what Jesus has asked of her and obeys joyfully.
Such understanding is of course no excuse for laziness and carelessness in the cleanliness of our homes, our children and even ourselves; however, understanding that our primary goal is to create a home for our husbands and our children will lighten the load.
So what if there's always a cup that is left misplaced (hopefully not the same one) when making the "dishwasher run" across your home? So what if it doesn't look like a Pottery Barn catalogue? Is your husband fed well and happy? Do you submit to him, love him and allow the barometer of your home to always be set on Jesus? Is your relationship with your children well-cultivated? Do they see you spending time with them over cleaning sometimes?
That's good, they should.
So, here's to continuing the race, always seeking to be sanctified as a homemaker and understanding that sometimes, well... messy is the new perfect.
What about you? What stands in the way sometimes of true homemaking? Cleaning? Laundry? Outside ministries and influences?