Today’s post comes from our very own Mops coordinator, Sarah. She is a wife and a mom of two sweet little ones. Fun fact: Sarah is also a birth doula! From a woman passionate about birth, babies, and motherhood, here’s her reflection on last week’s meeting.
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
As I read through Proverbs 31, that verse stung with conviction. I am a messy person. And not just the “beautiful mess” that we’ve been talking about at Mops. I am a pile-making, clothes-on-the-floor, unfolded-laundry, I’ll-do-it-tomorrow kind of messy. Ironically, I am married to a puts-things-away, pile-destroying, folds-laundry-the-instant-the-dryer-beeps kind of clean freak.
As you can imagine, it was cute while we were dating, but has been a struggle since we got married. I’ve often thought to myself, “I’m busy with the kids. He can clean when he gets home. He’s better at it than me.” This is the lie that I had begun to tell myself.
The truth was that I was eating the bread of idleness. I didn’t want to do it, so I rationalized it away. Listening to Becky Barnfather speak last week and reading this passage has jump-started my motivation. I am choosing to not eat the bread of idleness. I have instilled the “15 minutes of cleaning a day” and it has been awesome. It’s amazing what I can get done in that short amount of time.
It’s also been great to see the reaction I get from my husband. He enjoys coming home to a clean house and tells me what a blessing it is to him. In the simple act of cleaning 15 minutes a day, I am developing discipline, blessing my husband, and making my home a more welcoming environment.
What, if any, changes have you made since listening to Becky talk on “How to have a (fake) Immaculate home”?
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