I am telling you one thing, if you get anything at all out of my writings, I think the most important of all is the homemaking spirit. That is a powerful spirit to have. It’s a place of anointing when done out of the Lord. I don’t mean getting up and worrying if your house looks like a picture in a magazine. I am meaning to minister to the family and make a nest like Proverbs speaks of.
We are to call wisdom our sister and understanding our kinswoman. But the enemies of wisdom are strife and worry and discord.
Last night and this morning, Jim and I worried over Mary that she had such sharp words to us. Also, our weather has been so odd … such dreary days and cold … and here it is June. It’s kind of depressing because of the cold gray days. I think last night the temperature got into the 40s. Jim has been sick, anyway, with a cold but kept on working yesterday
And the worry over Jim and over Mary would love to pull me down. Makes me wanna sit and look out the window and cry. But I ain’t gonna do it. I must make my own light and walk in it. I must rally my own self and be my own cheerleader. Like David, I must encourage myself because it ain’t all about me. It’s all about maintaining joy and harmony in my home, and being an example to the older children, and making a home for Baby Rose.
I have to say to myself, “Now, Mary is young and just married, and she thinks she knows more than she does. And I shouldn’t take her seriously. And Jim, whenever he gets sick, gets upset. And he worked like a dog yesterday. But today, he can rest. He doesn’t have to work. And so things will mellow out.”
But we mothers and wives must be more then band-aids and salves to fix emotional and physical wounds of the family. As Nancy Campbell trys to tell us, we have a place in our homes and we have authority. We have an agenda, too. We must have a plan. We must let God lead us along as a Keeper at Home. We are responders and followers and nurturers, but somewhere in us is a woman who leads, too.
We are to blend with our husbands. The mother bird is a more dull shade, as to blend in with the trees and her nest. And yet, in that place of hiding, she has a job and must take authority. She has to have a plan. Father bird can’t teach her how to care for the baby birds. She knows things that the male bird does not know. And if she just waits upon her mate to give her all the answers, then she is ultimately cheating the whole family.
Mother has a part to play. When the spirit of wisdom comes upon the wife of the home, she begins her ministry. She plays a part in the scheme of things — she creates answers for the family through her good works. She is zealous of good works. As she works in silence, she creates a home. She builds a place for her family.
If you are like me, I somehow bounce from being really spiritual to being just keeper at home. But this is not to go like that. Our place of authority in the home is in the hidden place. And, in this hidden place, we are mighty for God. But, now me, I get all this mixed up. And I get out there sometimes and begin taking more spiritual authority than I should be.
Like now? Man, I am ready to rebuke every demon out there and on anyone! But I am out here too far. I can feel it. I am teetering and tottering in my spirit. I am not made to do all of this, and I must humbly bow and return to my place. You can have a ball without me — I am running back to the kitchen sink.
The Bible says that a woman should keep a covering on her head because of the angels. Well, I think this means a spiritual covering of her husband’s authority, and the angels spoken of here means demon angels. We can get out here too far.
But the main thing, and what it’s all about if you are a wife and mother, is the ministry of keeper at home. And you can certainly do your homemaking in the flesh, and this can get into some real slavery.
The homemaking Spirit is the Holy Spirit … it is the Spirit of God. It is making a home on earth as it is in heaven. Solomon built the temple for God with wisdom and we can, too. And the gifts of healing and power can come out of our homes, as long as wisdom dwells with us. Wisdom is more precious than Gold and Silver and we should chase after it as it is our life on earth.
Wisdom has to do with instinct and order in the home. It is wisdom that causes a bear to hibernate and the birds to fly south for the winter. It’s a knowin’ deep inside of woman. A hard heart can never hear the voice of wisdom, as a strange woman will hate her husband and shut off the wisdom of God in her. The wise woman builds her house and the foolish woman tears it down with her hands.
I have seen the spirit of wisdom once many years ago. I was standing in the kitchen doing dishes and I could see her come up behind me like a shadow. She said, “Connie, this world you are living in is like Sodom and Gomorah. Remember that.” And we do have to know that and not make excuses for the sin around us. We must have discerning hearts and see the sin and deal with it.
I am seeing things in the Spirit around me that look very dangerous for our Country. The laws being passed for parital birth abortion are so scary. But the Bible says that Wisdom is the stability of the times. And we must hear her voice. She is saying, “Tend to the home duties.” She is the voice of instinct.