Friday, September 25, 2009
Running a Dynamic Household-Part 2
Here is more on the book by Mark Chanski called, "Womanly Dominion:More than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit". It has challenged me as a mother, and I hope it speaks to you as well.
"A woman of dominion will strive to maintain an orderly household. An overgrown yard, ransacked rooms, and a sink stacked high with dirty dishes do not glorify the God who loves things being “done properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Corinthians 14:40; also numerous Proverbs).
Oh, I suppose a mother could keep things “neat as a pin” if her goal was to have just one or two “low maintenance” children of the “sheltered” variety to whom she selfishly communicated, “Just go to your room and don’t bother. “ But if a mother is bent on raising up mighty children, capable children, bold, brave, daring, adventuresome, God-fearing, dominion-minded children, then she needs to “kiss goodbye” any aspiration of immaculate tranquility. Oxen who go out and turn the soil over, and children who go out and turn the world upside down, make messes. But the woman of dominion is willing to pay the price of domestic upheaval for the prospects of kingdom profit.
There will be more corner cobwebs than you’d like, because instead of obsessively cleaning, you’ll be nursing, teaching to read and ride bikes, and telling bedtime stories. Your front lawn may be blemished with dandelions because your husband assigned your thirteen-year old son (who needs to learn responsibility) to spray weed killer on the grass instead of Dad doing it perfectly himself. Because you let the children finger paint and do Play-Doh today, your kitchen won’t pass the white glove test. Your Lord’s Day mornings aren’t as tranquil as you’d like, because it takes time before it takes time before Sunday School to find a matching sock, help polish the memory verses, and get the munchkins all into the car on time. And now that we’ve mentioned the car, it’s not as new as you’d like, due to the dollars and time poured into feeding, education, nurturing, and rounding out the kids.
Yes, you do want well-rounded kids. You’re not content to have them aimlessly kicking up dust in the back yard, sitting around playing computer games, or sequestered away in their bedrooms, That’s why your calendar may be cluttered with soccer, basketball, or baseball games, 4-H, and or music lessons.
A selfless mother of dominion will be willing to endure decades of “upheaval.” God willing, she will be able to watch from the grandstands the “increase” of her thoroughbred training. Look how her high-spirited and accomplished horses run the race in such a way as to win the prize! The breathtaking sight brings to her a fullness of soul that causes all the years of “upheaval” to evaporate into a fleeting vapor. She is able to feast all winter long on the “fruit of her hands” (Proverbs 31:31)."