The fairy godmother's gotten old!


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fairy godmother who waved her magic wand and transformed our homes into pristine havens that required no upkeep from us? Then we could do that which we really loved to do without feeling at all guilty.

Some of us tend to live our lives sipping coffee amidst dirty laundry and dust and mess, as if we are expecting her arrival anytime- ready to bail us out of our mess at the flick of a wrist. The family is unhappy with us and we are overwhelmed with chores that have banked up. And there is more bad news- the fairy godmother’s not coming! Well, she might if we are able to afford a maid, but for the majority of us, a maid is a luxury we can’t afford. We are IT!

Over the years, I have found that I have procrastinated about housework so much that I have spent more time planning how to simplify it, organise it and pardon the pun- sanitise it, than if I had just rolled up my sleeves and got on with it. It would have been done sooner and I would have been able to enjoy my leisure time more than I did with my parrot on the shoulder telling me that the work still hadn’t been done! Wisdom through life experience and hindsight has taught me to do that which I don’t enjoy first then relax. It is almost impossible to relax when you have chores that are calling out your name!

God has called us to be domestic- to be the keepers of our home. Whilst it is important that we don’t eat the bread of idleness, I don’t think that He intends us to have no other pursuits in life other than housework. There has to be a balance. The woman who alphabetises her spices and has cupboards that are washed out every week is as unbalanced as the woman who can’t find a clean shirt for her husband or a clean cup to drink from.

I believe the Christian woman has to ensure that her home is clean, her family’s clothes are washed and ironed and that meals are on time and nutritious. She doesn’t have to fret that her home is not like Home Beautiful- but her home should be welcoming to her friends and nurturing to her family. That’s what Home is all about.

If the home is reasonably clean and her husband is contented and her children happy, then I feel that is all that is required of her. It takes effort, discipline and diligence to see that these things are attended to, and it is the wife’s task, for she is Keeper of The Home.

The Christian wife sets the temper of the home and it is her godly responsibility to be domestic. It is her calling and hers alone- she must look after her home with or without help and sick or not, for unfortunately, the fairy godmother’s gotten old and she's not coming!

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

12 comments:

  1. I am totally on your wave length regarding housework! Love how witty this post is 😂 #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Thank you for those encouraging words, Fi. Thanks for having a cuppa with me today too! Blessings, Glenys

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  2. Oh housework, it is a loosing battle here with 6 grown up kids. My properties at Coombe Mill are spotless, my own house is not. I need a fairy godmother. Like you I plan housework rather than do it! #GlobalBlogging

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    1. But it would be nice.... thanks for having a cuppa with me. Blessings, Glenys

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  3. Ha! In our house, we joke about having given "the maid" the day off whenever the house looks a little rough around the edges.

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    1. Yes, I think our maid must have gone on strike! Thank you for sharing a cuppa with me today! Blessings, Glenys

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    1. Thank you for sharing a cuppa with me today! Blessings, Glenys

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  5. I've discovered that one's season of life makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of one's house! My house was never spotless when my kids were little, but it was clean. I also worked full time and didn't have the luxury of spending countless hours keeping the house clean. As our children grew older, they participated in the housecleaning. My husband has always participated as well, because we both worked outside of the house. In this season of life (our nest is empty and we're both still working), I do more of the housework because my job isn't as intense as his is. No matter what kind of work--housework or work work, I find it best to get the distasteful tasks done first!

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    1. I think our home making styles are similar. My house could be kept a bit better but chronic illness makes that extremely difficult. I agree to get the distasteful tasks done first too! Thanks for thaking tea with me today. Blessings, Glenys

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  6. I don't mind the housework but the constant tidying up gets me down. My youngest just randomly opens boxes and leaves the contents all over the floor without playing with the toys. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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    1. Oh, Laura, I hear ya! That's why it's a good idea to do it "here a little, there a little" It's how I roll with chronic fatigue and pain. I can't manage a marathon of cleaning or tidying, but I can do a snippet here and there. It gets done eventually, just in time to start again! :)

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Thank you for visiting with me today. I love to hear from you. I may not always be able to reply right away, but I will respond to every comment you leave. Blessings and comfort, Glenys