Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.C.T. Studd
Have you ever been discouraged as a homemaker feeling like life is passing you by and you’re not making a lasting difference in this world?
In the midst of dirty dishes, dirty diapers and seemingly never-ending piles of laundry, the value and beauty of our God-given mission as women can get lost.
I believe one of the greatest lies the enemy, the world around us, and our own deceitful hearts feed us is that as homemakers we have little opportunity to make an impact on this world.
And as a full-time homemaker, it’s one I’ve battled with throughout the years.
But the Lord has grown me and opened my eyes to the truth of how great a difference can truly be made for eternity—right in our home.
And I want to pass on what He’s graciously showed me (and continues to remind me of) to encourage any of you who might be struggling with this same thought—thinking your role is less-than and you can’t make as big of a difference for God’s Kingdom as others.
So I’d like to share some very practical ways we can impact others through the unique role He’s given us as keepers of the home.
Scroll to the bottom of the article to find your free printables: 9 Ways to Make an Impact as a Homemaker & C.T. Studd’s quote.
#1. Keep God’s Word from Being Blasphemed.
“the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things–that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5, NKJV [emphasis added]
There are many ways we can bring honor to the Lord, but this list specifically speaks to us women of things we can be/do so God’s Word may not be blasphemed.
And mentioned among them is: being a homemaker.
#2. Intercede for Others.
Having an impact doesn’t have to be big, elaborate or loud.
Impact also can look like going into your closet, shutting the door behind you and humbling seeking the Lord in prayer.
If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
Change most often begins when we stop. When we cease striving, are still in the presence of the Almighty and present our requests humbly before Him.
Start a Personal Prayer ministry or invite other Women to Join you.
Just a couple ideas of areas you can pray for:
- The Lost
- The Church
- The Persecuted
- The Government
- Local Schools
- The Oppressed
- Your Enemies
- and sooo much more.
Get your Sex-Trafficking Awareness Prayer Guide here.
[Other posts on prayer: Becoming a Woman of Prayer–Learning to Be Still On Purpose & 3-Minute Devos on Prayer.]
#3. Minister to Your Family
Although seen as the least important ministry, our impact is most far reaching in our homes.
It may not be as widespread as other ministries, but within the 4 walls of our homes we are able to reach the deepest–into the hearts and souls of our family.
the older women...that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV)
- Love & Support Your Husband
- Raise Children that Love the Lord and are Lights in this Dark World.
Marriage is more than 2 people uniting their lives, it’s meant to be a living picture of the Gospel.
And as we grow in our roles as wives and mothers, we more beautifully adorn the Gospel and are better able to graciously mold the little, eternal souls entrusted to everyone called “Mom”.
As one Christian singer + songwriter said when questioned about her decision to stay at home instead of touring as much after having kids:
“Anyone can sing, but no one else can be my children’s mother.”Sarah Jerez, from Sovereign Grace in Espanol (La IBI) & Jonathan + Sarah Jerez
...I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV)
[More on Motherhood: 7 Ideas to Celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection with Your Kids!, Free Printable Kids’ Bible Study/Activity.]
#4. Practice Hospitality
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.Hebrews 13:2
In a nutshell, hospitality is simply opening your home to allow God to work in your life and the lives of others.
[To dive a little deeper, check out my 3-part Wise Women Living Series: The Heart of Hospitality. We look at what the Bible says about God’s hospitality plus, find 3 free printables: 10 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Guests, A Hospitality Planning Guide + Tips]
Endless are the ways that we can be hospitable, but I wanted to list just a very few:
- Carry out the Titus 2 Mandate in your home by discipling a younger woman in the faith.
- Prepare a simple meal or organize a potluck to enjoy with a new family at your church.
- Host a women’s Bible study or book club. Keep it simple with tea & coffee & you can even ask another lady to lead. 🙂
- Provide a place of rest for missionaries or pastors from other states/countries. (A large home is not necessary.) 😉
- Reach out to the next generation by hosting a Backyard Bible Kids’ Club.
- Invite those who don’t know Christ to dinner and give them a taste of God’s love.
- Open your doors to be a refuge for the broken, hurting and/or homeless.
There are soooo many more ideas that can be listed here, but I hope to do another article like this one soon and elaborate more.
Also, if I could recommend just 1 book on biblical hospitality, it would without doubt be Jen Schmidt’s book, Just Open the Door: How One Invitation can Change a Generation. It’s biblical, practical, easy to read and, in my personal opinion, a must for every Christian woman!
#5. Be a Good Steward Economically: Find Ways to Save in Order to Invest in what Really Matters.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.Matthew 6:19-20, NKJV [emphasis added]
Ladies, we must be willing to give up in order to gain. We must let go of our death-grip we have on things of this world and live with generous hearts that are focused on the eternal.
Invest in the eternal.
Check out Crown Financial Ministries to grow in your biblical stewardship–it has been transformational in our lives!!
#6. Build up Your Family Nutritionally & Physically
Don’t underestimate the importance of a clean home and nutrient-packed meals!!
We are told that even in our eating and drinking we have an opportunity to glorify God! (1 Corinthians 10:31)
The Bible teaches that we are three in one: body, soul & spirit. And each area is affected by the other (can we say hangry anyone?)
And Although this earthly body is not eternal, it does, as Jerry Bridges said, “carry the soul.” And we are called to be good stewards of all that the Lord has entrusted to us.
Our bodies need nourishment just as much as our souls and spirits. And if we have the wrong kind of nourishment, we (and our families) won’t be as strong and able to serve God and others as well. (I know first-hand what that’s like! Read my story here.)
Also, my husband and I both have allergies to dust and I particularly am very sensitive, and it sends me into coughing attacks.
By simply cleaning and taming the dust, I can help avoid some extra expenses at the doctor, time wasted feeling bad, etc.
So, even though dusting and vacuuming may seem of non-importance, it’s a way to show love and serve my family by taking care of our health.
When we take care of and strengthen our bodies (and our family’s) we are all better able to serve the Lord and others!
#7. Get to Know Your Neighbors and and Show God’s Love to Them in Word and in Deed.
In the hustle and bustle of life, we often overlook opportunities to love on our literal, next door, down-the-street neighbors.
But our neighborhood is our mission field and as homemakers we have a wonderful opportunity to be lights right where God has planted us.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
[In need of some ideas? Here’s 12+ Ways to Show Gods love with Your Neighbor!]
#8. Use Your God-Given Abilities + Talents to Bless Others.
One of the funest things about being a homemaker is the opportunities it allows to learn/grow in a new skill.
I’ve been able to learn cake decorating, loom knitting (prob my fav), flower arranging, how to play the piano, and most recently sewing and God has graciously given me so many opportunities to use them.
A few years back, after my mother-in-law taught me how to loom knit, I passed on the newly learned skill to some young girls and ladies in the congregation and the Lord gave us the privilege to knit hats to send to the mountains of Mexico to those in need.
These are some of the first we knitted. We attached some tags with the following verse in Spanish:
"For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
This is just one example of the limitless ways God can work through you. And the sky’s the limit!
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory...Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:37-40 (NKJV)
#9. Start a Blog/Podcast, Etc.
I write this one last and with reservations.
The reason is because we are told the more visible our ministry/impact, the more important and valuable.
And the purpose of this article is to remind us that it is not true.
However, the web truly is one way to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel. I’ve been shocked at how many countries have visited this little site. Places I could never reach otherwise.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.Acts 1:8
I do want to warn you first: Before doing anything online, you must seek the Lord in prayer and in His Word and be completely certain that He is the One that is leading you to start because it is hard work and very time-consuming (every article takes hours) and there’s always more you feel you could be doing.
[Read a little bit about my journey: Why I stopped blogging and the reason I decided to return.]
It can be so easy to let these platforms distract us from the most deeply impactful platform our wise Creator has given us as keepers of the home. It’s a delicate balance that I’m still learning.
My goal was to have this article out weeks ago, but with our move and trying to get settled in the Lord reminded me that in order to post would’ve meant neglecting my responsibilities as a homemaker and those at our new local church.
And, well, as we find in His Word, that is never His will.
We must live with the knowledge and conviction that being a homemaker is valuable in Gods sight!
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And, as always,
Be Kind. Be Encouraging. Be a Multiplier!
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