Stay At Home Goodness

For a minor few
you may groove upon staying at home
to clean and organize
and stay up-to-date on your list of to-do's;
however, that part of house-wifery for me is 
necessary drudgery;
an attempt to work at it for God,
and not for man (Colossians 3:23-24),
sometimes elevates the tasks to a pleasant endeavor,
and sense of delightful accomplishment,
but for the most part...
drudgery.

The stay at home goodness that makes home-making a reward?
No schedule,
other than one of my own making,
and that of my children's needs,
with plenty of time 
to get outside and soak-up Fall while it's here.
The chill in the breeze,
the warmth of the sun;
the chirp of the squirrels,
the songs of the birds;



the trees that clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12),
and the peels of laughter from my children as they play. 

What's a better way to whittle away an afternoon 
than excavating,



or rolling down hills,



or sliding underneath tree branches?



This is the stuff good memories are made of,
the simple things of life.

Sit on a porch step,
watch your kids play,
disconnect from all sources of technological goodness
and connect with true goodness instead, nature;
God's grandeur is all around,



train your eyes to see it.

Even in death vibrant life remains;



enjoy every breath you take!

Stay at home and know cleaning can wait;
after all, 
"Cleaning your house,
while your kids are young,
is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing"
(Phyllis Diller).
Who does that!?!

Take time out
to breathe fall in
and don't take for granted,
or forget,
the goodness that staying at home can bring.

Giving my all to raise you up!

Jennie Louwes


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