No wonder Paul wrote that women are “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2.

It’s the phrase “keepers at home” that keeps ringing in my ears.

I think this is revolutionary.

Here’s what it means to me.

Sometimes a book sits on a shelf

though it should be thrown away.

Sometimes a movie

or a phrase

or an attitude

lingers in our home a little too long.

Or, rather,

sometimes a wall remains blank

though it should be beautified.

Sometimes a gift remains ungiven

a smile, unsmiled

a lesson, untaught,

a song, unsung in our house too long.

These are the details I notice.

These are the “to do’s” on my post-it notes.

This is my career. My lifestyle. My goal.

This is why I pour my life into our home:

to notice the little things –

and the big things –

that come in,

and go out.

Like a bouncer, editer, manager, auditor, sanctifier, teacher, artist, cook, composer…

I box up the trash.

I send out what is meaningless, useless, wasteful.

I refuse entry to the thieves, the noise, the junk,

And say, “no” to things that might waste our vapor.

Ah, but I also keep the treasures.

I look for flashes of true beauty and tug, pull, stretch it out – to share it.

I gather the good – no, the best – and set it on our shelves, dinner plates, and ear drums.

I pray about everything I see, sense, and discern within our tiny family.

Every ounce of muscle, insight, and passion is required to be the Keeper of my Home.

No one else has been – or will be – asked to do this job within these precious walls.

It is on my shoulders, in my eyes, within my spirit.

And I gladly do it.

For God himself is happy then. And we are happy in Him.

– Thoughts by Laura
.

Now, to flesh this out in real time.

Today, I’ll read these thoughts to my daughters and we’ll choose a portion of our home to evaluate together: our movie shelf; a book shelf; our library basket; our audio books. We’ll talk together about the benefits of each item: is its presence in our home glorifying God? If so, we’ll happily dust it off and return it to the shelf. If not, we’ll toss it. I’m okay with that.

Then, we’ll choose one room and work together to enhance its beauty and usability.

Maybe at snack time, I’ll ask the girls what they hope to bring into their homes and keep out of their homes when they are entrusted with the awesome responsibility of being the keeper.

Please join us and let us know about your keeping!

Laura

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{ 23 comments }

ladyscott October 23, 2010

So timely! I’ve had such a burden lately to purge and simplify the house. What toys, clothes, movies, books, magazines, catalogs, items, etc should not be here.

Denise October 23, 2010

I know you’re not aware but this post today really encouraged me. Thanks!

Renee October 23, 2010

what a great perceptive on Keeper at home! Hope you and your daughter have tuns of fun working along side of each other!

Angie October 23, 2010

Of all the articles/blogs that I’ve read, this ranks right up there with being at the top of the pile. I love, love this! What a beautifully written expression from the heart. Thank you for sharing…it has blessed me, indeed.

Babychaser October 23, 2010

Thank you for this! What insight… and beautifully written!

Jen N October 23, 2010

Beautiful! Thanks for these words, I plan to print them and put them in my journal so I can be reminded of my responsibility!

Christina October 23, 2010

Awesome post! Thank you! I never looked at it that way.

Laura Lane October 23, 2010

Oh my, I just finished posting on homemaking and then found this on the link to your blog on my sidebar. This brings clarity to my thoughts today. Thank you!

Mary Joy @Seeds of Encouragement Sewn with Grace October 23, 2010

I love this!!!! I am going to share it on Facebook if that’s OK. You put what we do into such perfect words! Thank you!

Michelle October 24, 2010

Beautiful, wonderful thoughts! Something to think about in my home. Thank you!

tricia October 24, 2010

Great post. And a great blog. As a mom to many daughters I love finding other mom’s like minded in raising maidens of virtue. It’s a tough thing in today’s world for sure. Thankfully we are not alone!

Missuz C October 24, 2010

Love your thoughts. I am printing them for my home-maker notebook.Thank you for sharing!

Rhonda October 24, 2010

Lovely,inspiring words:)

Amy October 24, 2010

What a wonderful post! This is something that needs to be done at our house, too.

Thanks for the inspiration.
Amy

april October 24, 2010

This post was SUCH a blessing.
Thank you.

Kasey October 24, 2010

I LOVE this post! Lately I’ve been feeling slightly legalistic because of all the things I’ve been eliminating from our home, but this hits the nail on the head and reminds me why I do what I do. Thanks!

*~*~*Jilly*~*~* October 25, 2010

What a beautiful post thank you! I am decluttering in our lounge room today and I will keep this post in my mine!! I just had a thought what are the movies we keep in our homes? Do they honor God or not?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! Something for me to think about!
oxoxo

Debbie October 25, 2010

This is a woderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Casey October 25, 2010

Love this post! Thanks for the inspiration!

I Live in an Antbed October 25, 2010

Beautiful job of casting this vision!! I love the intentionality described! Thank you for sharing. May the Lord bless us as we walk this out in our homes.

wannabegodly October 25, 2010

Wow! That was beautiful and inspiring and just what I needed since I’m feeling discouraged about it all. Thanks for the uplift!

Jeanette October 26, 2010

Beautifully written! I plan on printing this out and keeping it close by. What a great reminder. Thankyou.

Jeanette

Jasmine October 26, 2010

I’m so grateful for these words; greatly encouraged.

Thank you, Laura.

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