There hasn’t been much cleaning by me lately, as getting the hang of six kids in the house with very different needs has taken a lot longer than I ever could have imagined. I spend every day straightening, cooking, tidying, laundering, teaching, feeding, bathing, cuddling, diapering……and dealing with behavioral issues. That doesn’t leave much time for actual dusting. The teens and my husband have been great though, as they have kept up with their chores. Letting the dust go unnoticed, overlooking the fingerprints on the windows and mirrors, and knowing that there are cobwebs in the corners has just about driven me batty…….but, God has used this time to teach me to ‘be in the moment’ and to have patience. Yet, I’m chomping at the bit to get back to it!
Cleaning our little Hobbit Hole is one of my most favorite things to do. I love washing off the dirt, polishing things until they shine, and arranging the things that God has blessed my family with into a delightful cozy place to live. Instead of begrudging the task, I view it as a time with my Lord…….I concentrate on the magnificence of Him and how He created the entire world. Keeping my home in order makes me feel that I am showing my appreciation for my little corner of His masterpiece. How glorious to be given the privilege of a home in which to tend. Praise God!
My views on cleaning are slowly starting to extend to my teens. My son has been taking pride in his work for a few years now, but I am noticing a more diligent than ever attitude in him. His weekly rooms to clean are: the kitchen, the laundry room and his bedroom. Lately, the drip pans on the stove have been a little cleaner, the sink has been scrubbed a little brighter, and his work has been done a bit faster. If I casually ask why he did something that wasn’t expected of him, he just as casually says, “It needed to be done!”. Oh, that does a Mama’s heart good 🙂
Next week will start our ‘Summer Deep Clean’, and I am so ready! Freshening up the homestead and completing our quarterly scheduled maintenance is just the thing to soothe my nerves from the lack of ‘cleanliness’ I have been feeling lately. I am very systematic in my cleaning, and just a tad OCD about checking things off my list. My motto has always been Colossians 3:22-24
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
When being a Servant of Christ is your motivation, work becomes a joy, chores become acts of love, and the only satisfaction you need is knowing that you have Served Him in some small way.
Stay tuned for ‘Cleaning the Hobbit Hole, Part 2……….Our Weekly Cleaning Schedule’!