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A life giving home is a place that produces and creates. The people there are hard workers and see their work as pleasing to God. A mom in a productive home knows that washing dishes and baking bread isn’t meaningless work, that it glorifies God because it is in service to her family. In a productive home, children are quick to help with the household tasks because it has been demonstrated to them by their parents. Working hard is part of the family culture, because mom and dad have made it so. 

A mom who is idle avoids work and can even be considered lazy. She is without purpose. She doesn’t see the value in being a homemaker and the potential she has to be a life giver. A mom who is idle may feel that her role is without worth or significance. This mom is tearing down her home because her children will follow her in her laziness. She does the bare minimum and does not pursue excellence. This is an extreme example, but I think it’s helpful to see that behind laziness in the home, is really just a lack of purpose. 

We have a great example of a productive household in Proverbs 31.  Verses 27-31 say: 

“She looks well to the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.”

How we work hard in our homes is going to look different for each of us because we all have different skills. But whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord.

Over the past few months, we’ve talked about many different ways we can cultivate joyful, life-giving homes. Through the help of the holy Spirit, we can be transformed from being fussy moms to moms who are patient and easy to please. We can be changed from distracted moms to connected moms. We can molded from fearful moms to faithful moms. Praise God!

A life giving home reflects God and brings Him Glory. It is for people, and not for self. Its foundation is love, because God IS love.  A life taking home reflects the world and glorifies self. It is a place to show off and/or it lacks purpose. 

So if you find yourself resembling the fussy mom, or the distracted mom, the idle mom, the or the fearful mom, as we all have at times, do not be discouraged. There is hope. 

We are called to be life-givers because of the One who ultimately gave His life for us, Jesus Christ. In Him, we have the ability to create a home full of life, a home that reflects Him. He is the reason why our beautiful homes are different from homes that have external beauty alone. Through Him, we show our families the way to eternal life–and that is life-giving at the very foundation!