The Great Missing Ingredient: “Happy Home Life”

by Kelly on April 28, 2012 in Homemaking

“A true mother is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness. God sends many beautiful things to this world, many noble gifts; but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows in a mother who has learned love’s lessons well, and has realized something of the meaning of her sacred calling.” ~ J.R. Miller in Secrets of Happy Home Life

“Happy home life.” “A true mother”.

In a society riddled with trouble, I often ponder how much heartache could be prevented if “her sacred calling” was understood, encouraged and passed down. The “calling” has been subtly eroded over time, homes have become anything but “happy”, and the generations have borne deeper and deeper effects from it.

Since I was a little girl, our home was full of children who needed one. Children who, for one reason or another, didn’t have a stable home life or parents to raise them. Brokenness is no stranger to me. I have seen the ugly, deeply-trenched scars of divorce, anger, neglect and betrayal. And often, no attempts to “correct” the abdication of a parent can heal the wounds.

Do not underestimate the worth and value of a mother devoted to home, to her husband, to her children and to their happiness! Dear mother, as you labor, when the days are long and hard, do not believe the lie that you could be doing “more”.

For in creating a “happy home life”, if you do no more, even amid the messiness that is our sinful flesh, you are strengthening souls, nurturing healthy hearts, and laying a fundamentally important foundation on which new, stronger generations can be built.

In a hurting world, we must be about the business of raising men and women of character, able to soothe the aches and reach the hurt left in the wake of broken families all around us.

Even as you stand against the tidal wave of the cultural message that says “home-making is a wasted pursuit”, do not lose focus on truth…it is a most needful pursuit for building happy homes, a basic ingredient for healthy people.


Kelly is the blessed wife to Aaron and mom to nine children (and one showing up soon). She and her husband enjoy a bustling life, home-educating and operating several family businesses. Between diapers, searching for bull frogs in the house (a science experiment gone bad) and homemaking for the glory of God, she shares her thoughts at Generation Cedar.

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Jennifer~Renewing Housewives April 28, 2012

So true Kelly, and spoken so well!! We all need that encouragement, and I love what you said, “don’t believe the lie that you could be doing ‘more'” !!

I bet you’re a great speaker 😉

Chelsey S. April 28, 2012

“Do not underestimate the worth and value of a mother devoted to home.” Such a great statement! This generation is constantly trying to say that being a homemaker is a lesser “profession.” I am so thankful for your post that is reminding me that the battles we face as homemakers are worth it and that what we are doing has eternal value.

Lisa April 28, 2012

This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for this inspiration and affirmation of our beautiful calling as mothers. It is truly a calling from God. He willed for His own Son to have a mother. A loving, hard-working, devoted, prayerful family was what the Son of God had. (and a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom! :-)) Why would anyone want anything different for their own families? Have a blessed Sunday!

SusieQ April 29, 2012

I agree with you. A happy mother makes a happy home and that makes a happy hubby and happy children. And being happy to be a mother is the first step! ☺ Thanks for your thoughts.

Jenna April 30, 2012

I love this post. Thank you for the reminder.

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