Titus 2 v 4-5:
1 Timothy 5:14
"So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander"
Another example of where women are commanded to manage their homes. It is a command given to women specifically as they are created for this task. It is not a powersharing agreement, although I see nothing wrong with the husband being involved in aspects of homemaking, helping with chores and childcare when he can. It is the woman's domain, her castle, if you like, to organise, to run, to love. When you are specifically given such a task, how can you not see it as important? As I put it to the group, we are queens of our dominions and should behave as such. One of the ladies also had a great point here. She likened us to Jesus in a way. He was the absolute greatest, but humbled himself to service. He washed his disciples' feet. How much more should we, as nowhere near as great as Jesus, humble ourselves to the service of those people that God has brought into our lives? If it was good enough for Him, then what have we to complain about?
Proverbs 31 v 27
"She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness"
I think that this verse just goes to show that if you are doing the homemaker thing right, it is not the easy, lazy choice. I think that anyone who really embraces the calling of a homemaker finds that there is always something to do. There is no time for daytime television, endless coffee and lunch dates with friends, or regular marathon shopping trips or indulging in self. The rest of Proverbs 31 lists many of the tasks that this wife carries out during her lifetime, she is certainly not idle!
So, to sum up, I believe that God has called women to be homemakers as we have a specific part to play in the furtherance of His kingdom. It is a busy, fulfilling calling that only we as women can carry out to the utmost best. And when looked at like that, how can you say that it is a drudgery or unappreciated? It may be in earthly terms, but our reward will be great in Heaven. Well done, good and faithful servant. What words to hear from our Father when we get there!