Yes, God calls women to be homemakers

Way too often when someone asks me or my husband what I do for a living and I tell them I’m a stay-at-home mom and blogger, they usually have a confused look on their face. They then usually question my background and ask if I wanted more. When I tell them I gave up my career in the C-Suite before I turned 28 because I know God called me to give everything to being a wife and mother, they look even more confused which slowly shifts to disappointment. 

I’ve been told countless times that I’m letting my education and accomplishments slip by. Awkward

The truth of the matter is, growing up I never could figure out what I wanted to do. Changed my major 809 times and have four degrees and pursuing my fifth. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was be a wife and a mother. 

I firmly believe it’s because God calls women to be homemakers. That doesn’t mean we can’t have other passions (thank you internet for making it possible) but we are called to be the homemaker. Even the Proverbs 31 woman had other passions and a career but her focus was on the family. I put together a list of verses that talk about God’s call for women in the home.

By definition, the homemaker is simply the person who manages the home. It’s not some dirty word the way society has made it out to be.

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Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”

I love this verse. Work for the Lord in whatever you do. We should be glorifying God in everything. In washing the dishes, in talking to our children, in speaking with our friends, etc.

This verse means in everything we do, act as if we are serving God. In reality, we are. Everything we do is either building the kingdom or bringing someone further from it.

The verse continues to say that our ultimate reward is in Heaven. We’re only serving those around us for a short while and the real reward for our labor is with God. Sometimes the reward is seeing your child get baptized  Maybe the reward is your husband coming to Christ. Maybe it’s just the joy of showing some Christ-like kindness.

Our purpose isn’t earthly goals but divine in nature. We are seeking to build a kingdom and every person is called to serve God. 

Being a homemaker allowed me to teach my son about baptism
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1 Peter 4:9

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

This verse hit me hard. Listen, I thrive on hosting people. I love it. Ask me to have guests and the answer is always yes and the next thing I know I’m at Kroger in the fancy cheese section to whip up a charcuterie board. I love it. I’m the lady that never sits down when someone is here.

But God says to be hospitable without grumbling. He also says to one another, not your guests. That means being hospitable to your spouse and your children.

Now, that is something I am working on. I don’t always love catering to the needs of my family all the time. Sometimes, I get overwhelmed. Sometimes, I get resentful because I had plans and a family need stopped those plans.

But God says to do it without grumbling. No murmuring.

I have exactly what I prayed for my whole life. I have a godly husband that leads my family in faith and two children who love Jesus with all their heart. I can’t want for anything else. If God calls me to serve them, then I should serve them. No complaints necessary. Being a homemaker means serving and loving others. 

Titus 2:5
“to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Being a homemaker means being a helpmate to your spouse

I love this verse so much. The beginning of Titus 2 is about the older generation helping the younger. It begins with how older men should mentor the younger men to be self-controlled and worthy of respect.

Likewise, women should be self-controlled, pure, busy at home, kind and submissive to their GODLY husband. This is a pretty common misconception. Everyone thinks women are to be submissive to their husband, regardless of what type of man he is but that simply isn’t true. Check out Ephesians 3:21-33 for more about Christian households.

What I love is that this scriptures tell us to be busy at home. Some translations use homemaker or keepers at home. How are you keeping your home?

“It’s sad if people think that’s (homemaking) a dull existance, [but] you can’t just buy an apartment and furnish it and walk away. It’s the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting. I want it to be gay and cheerful, a haven in this troubled world. I don’t want my husband and children to come home and find a rattled woman. Our era is already rattled enough, isn’t it?” 

― Audrey Hepburn

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.”

While this counsel is for widows, it can apply to us all. Avoid gossip and manage your home. When we aren’t managing our home, it’s giving the adversary an opportunity to sneak in and disrupt your home. We all know that isn’t ideal.

We’ve heard Proverbs 16 which says,  “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” YIKES. 

The more we give into laziness and ignore our call to care for our homes, we open the door to Satan. I personally would like that door closed. 

Colossians 3:16

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

We have a duty to teach each other the ways of God. The Great Commission says we are to go out and preach the gospel. The scriptures give an abundance of instruction about how to raise our children in the Gospel.

Now, the Bible doesn’t say men are the breadwinners but it does say in 1 Timothy 5:8  “But if any man does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 

It doesn’t say he must have a larger paycheck but he should provide for his own.

While I do work and take clients, my husband’s paycheck ensures the bills are paid so I can focus my time on raising our children and teaching others about God (hello blog). I also don’t have the pressure of taking on an abundance of client work and overwhelming myself. I can be selective with the work I do. 

He is fulfilling his biblical role in being the provider and I am taking the responsibility of teaching others about Christ without worry about our bills.

Because he is fulfilling the role God commanded of him, I am able to stay home and fulfill my role as a homemaker, stress free.

Everything works when you’re following the instructions from God. I promise. 

Proverbs 14:1

The wise woman builds her house,
    but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Wowza! That hit me so hard! So often people talk about how the husband has so much responsibility for the family and it is by his hand that we function well or don’t. As the spiritual leader of our home, it totally makes sense so much responsibility seemingly falls on him.

But this scripture says women are the ones responsible for building the home.

My husband may ensure the bills are covered and we’re headed down the straight and narrow but it is my responsibility to build up our home.

I am responsible for budding up my husband and children.

 I ensure there is peace. As the one in charge of the home, I keep the temptations out. 

While I’m not going out and literally tearing apart my house by taking the siding off, I can destroy it with laziness, idolatry, gossip, etc. 

I am responsible for also literally building our house. I build the dinners. I handle the decor. I make our house a pleasant place to come home to every single day.

While this scripture is not directly referencing our physical homes but those that reside in our homes, we, as women, have a responsibility to cover all aspects of the home.

Being a homemaker is about making a home. It’s a house maker, that would be the construction crew that physically builds my house. 

No, I am in charge of making these four walls a home.

being a homemaker is a sacred calling
I am by no means perfect

We have a duty to teach each other the ways of God. The Great Commission says we are to go out and preach the gospel. The scriptures give an abundance of instruction about how to raise our children in the Gospel.

Now, the Bible doesn’t say men are the breadwinners but it does say in 1 Timothy 5:8  “But if any man does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 

It doesn’t say he must have a larger paycheck but he should provide for his own.

While I do work and take clients, my husband’s paycheck ensures the bills are paid so I can focus my time on raising our children and teaching others about God (hello blog). I also don’t have the pressure of taking on an abundance of client work and overwhelming myself. I can be selective with the work I do. 

He is fulfilling his biblical role in being the provider and I am taking the responsibility of teaching others about Christ without worry about our bills.

Because he is fulfilling the role God commanded of him, I am able to stay home and fulfill my role as a homemaker, stress free.

Everything works when you’re following the instructions from God. I promise. 

Of course, I am not perfect. Only Christ is. But I can try.  I can try every single day to find the joy in cleaning my house (after all, my husband works hard to provide so the least I can do is make sure the floor is clean). I can be thankful every single day that God gave me a husband willing to sacrifice so I can be the wife God called me to be so I can focus on the children God blessed us with. 

While we can work on it every single day, sometimes we need a reminder. I created free phone backgrounds with some the verses you can grab. It’s been super handy to see a verse every single time I look at my phone. Really helps keep me grounded and remember why I work so hard every single day.

Download them today and start implementing. Learning to love the role God calls you to can make all the difference.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Mariah

    I love all those bible verses! Great post!

    1. ashley price

      thank you so much Mariah! Which is your favorite?

  2. Rachel

    Love this post! I had a really hard time with this concept at first. Even within the Christian community, I was afraid of other women judging me for quitting my job to be at home! But it’s been so good for our relationship and even for my health. Letting go of the stress of my job I think was a big factor in allowing my body to heal after miscarriage, getting pregnant again, and having an incredibly smooth, full term pregnancy.

    1. ashley price

      Oh my gosh do I get it! There’s so much judgement about quitting your job to stay home but God fully supports you in supporting your family. I am so sorry you’ve miscarried! I also have and have talked about it pretty extensively, if you need to chat.

  3. Micheala Rennaker

    Love, Love, Love! These verses are great reminders that it is okay to be a homemaker and work alongside my husband in our home as I have been debating whether to take the plunge and I think I just might!

    1. ashley price

      Oh my gosh that is amazing Michaela! I’d love to hear more about you wanting to stay home. What has been scary about taking that plunge?

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