You are always growing and changing, but in every season you are made capable.
Where is a Capable Homemaker Coming From?
I am in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines: their show, their magazine, their family, their transparency. Naturally, I get their magazine. My sister-in-law gifted it to me. Best. Gift. Ever.
Their magazine, “Magnolia Journal” is not just about home renovations. It’s like getting a letter from a friend. The magazine includes practical home decorating, remodel projects, and inspirational stories of people who have made their life count.
Last issue of Magnolia Journal was themed “You are Capable.” And what an inspiring theme it was! So many great stories of people rising to the occasion blocking their way.
And so I pass along this phrase to you, friend.
You are capable.
No matter what season of life you are in.
No matter what obstacle seems to be looming over you.
You are capable of change.
All your life experiences up to this point have prepared you for this moment. Even if you don’t realize it, you are calling on stores from so deep within, you can’t recall what moment in your past they are from.
You just know you have to get through this.
And you will if you don’t give up.
The one guarantee is that you won’t be the same person as you were before.
Any challenge you enter, big or small, will change you bit by bit.
The change and growth you experience may not even be recognizable at first. But as you look back on your life you will see what you have come out of and how it has molded you.
Sometimes the hardest part is embracing that change.
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Your Past Makes You a Capable Homemaker
In the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Toula’s brother, Nick, tells her,
Don’t let your past dictate who you are,
but let it be part of who you will become.
I don’t know if it’s original to that movie, but it was the first time I heard it. And I cried.
Yep, I cried.
Because for so long I was trying to suppress my past. Hide it. Keep it from affecting my current life that was so much better. But without my past, I would not be the person I am today.
A Word of Caution
Don’t get sucked into the negative.
Sometimes I focus so hard on who I don’t want to be that I forget who I want to be. This negative outlook creates callouses and bitter thoughts in my mind. It gets me nowhere.
So my advice to you is: focus on the positive. Focus on who you want to be. Look up to someone you want to be like and make it happen. Don’t worry about the don’ts. Just do!
You Are a Capable Homemaker
Even if you were raised in a home without a mother. Or without a present mother…
Even if you were raised in a home with a mother who hired everything out and shoed you out of the way to your bedroom…
Even if you were raised in a home where the majority of homemaking duties fell on your shoulders…
…you are a capable homemaker today. Right now.
Use all your experiences and learn from them.
I do have an advantage over some when it comes to my capabilities.
I have the help of the comforter and guide, Holy Spirit. Being a Christian can still leave me in hard places, but I always have Someone within me showing the way and urging me on.
Romans 8:26 in the the New Testament of the Bible says:
“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words.”
With God as my Father and Jesus my savior, I know I can get through anything.
How are you a capable homemaker today?
The house may be a wreck, the kids a mess and you have nothing started for supper. But you can chose one thing to succeed at today. Chose that one thing you are capable of today.
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Tomorrow you may be able to add one more thing to your plate. Just because you and your home don’t look like the magazines doesn’t mean you aren’t a homemaker. You are a capable homemaker in your own way in your own time.