Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. -Psalm 32:11
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23
The joyful Christian homemaker needs the Lord as her first priority. Next, she needs to check her attitude. Does she have a meek attitude of servitude?
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. -Matthew 11:29
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. -Colossians 3:12-13
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. -Titus 3:2
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. -James 3:13
Meekness and Wisdom.
When the joyful Christian homemaker fulfills her God-given duties in the home, and with the proper attitude, she is looking well to the ways of her household. Her children call her blessed, and her husband praises her.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. -Proverbs 31:27-28
Her mouth obeys the law of kindness. She has godly wisdom. She serves with joy, and when she speaks, she is kind.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. -Proverbs 31:26
She doesn't nag or complain to her husband:
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. -Proverbs 21:19
A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. -Proverbs 27:15
She is a keeper of her home and submits to her husband:
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. -Titus 2:5
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. -1 Timothy 5:14
She trains, teaches, and keeps her children with her:
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. -Proverbs 29:15
She wears beautiful, flowing, modest clothes (like dresses):
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel [katastole], with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; -1 Timothy 2:9
Katastole - According to BlueLetterBible.com - "1) a lowering, letting down 2) a garment let down, dress, attire"
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. -Deuteronomy 22:5
She covers her head as a symbol of her submission to her husband and the Lord:
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. -1 Corinthians 11:3-6
She may or may not be beautiful, but she is wise:
As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion. -Proverbs 11:22
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. -Proverbs 31:30
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. -Proverbs 9:10
She does not partake in gossip, tale bearing, slander, or other forms of frowardness of the tongue:
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD. -Leviticus 19:16
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. -Proverbs 26:20
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness. -Proverbs 10:32
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. -1 Timothy 5:13
The joyful Christian homemaker described in this article takes her job of taking care of her husband, children, and house very seriously, and does her best to bless them, as if she were doing her domestic duties for the Lord Himself.
She is not idle, for she knows that idle time leads to idol time. She instills this principle into her children as well.
She knows that nobody and no day is perfect. She greets each day as a brand new day, with brand new unknowns. She looks to the Lord as her source of peace, comfort, joy, and wisdom, and faces each day with a smile, knowing that her Redeemer liveth, and He careth for her.