When I grew up I remember my mother teaching me how to cook. She did the majority of the cooking for our small family of three and would teach me simple things like how to scramble eggs or make cookies from a box mix for Dad when he got off of work.
I am so grateful for that instruction because little did I know I would have to take the little that I learned and now I am feeding an army at least three times a day. I no longer cook in the small frying pan but now almost everything is cooked in bulk and big pots and pans.
I watched her make meals for my dad on time, I watched her care for him. I watched how she neatly folded everything into the drawers with care. I was learning from her example.
Now that I am grown, I understand how important it was for me to have seen that. Now don't get me wrong, my home is not immaculate and far from perfect like my mother's home was, but she did set a standard for me that I will never forget.
Does this mean our homes will be spotless all the time? Of course not! Children exist and life happens, that is the reality. But we must remember that our priorities lie not in the cleaning and ordering of the home, but instead with the people that live within that home.
For example, we should not get so caught up in our cleaning that we are neglecting our family and their needs for the sake of cleaning. We shouldn't yell at our children when they are making a mess of all our hard work and we should not get so angry at our husbands should they happen to leave their clothes on the floor instead of putting them away.
It is much better that our homes are not perfect than to have quarreling and strife in our relationships with those most important to us. It is within our hearts that the first cleaning must begin! And from it a home that is filled with the spirit of peace, love, order, joy will come forth...a place where Christ is center.
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