Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Helping the Struggling Homemaker (reblog from 2012)

Do you know of a fellow homemaker who is struggling at home?  You most likely do, even if she's hiding her struggles as best as she can. 

Seldom do you see a fellow homemaker come out and say "HELP ME!"  Most likely when you do find one that's at that point, that "help me" is accompanying tears, frustration, guilt, stress, you name it. 

You've most likely been there at some point in your life.  I sure have, on more than one occasion.

So what can we do to help this struggling homemaker?

First, let's come along side her.  This doesn't necessarily mean barge in and take over cleaning her home and doing the laundry and so on--the home IS her domain and this can easily send her to retreating.  Instead, offer her a cup of tea, coffee, or soda at a local restaurant, or at your own home.  This takes down her stress level a bit, to get away and be around another homemaker like her. 

Second, listen to her.  Let her speak about what's brought her to the point of frustration, why she's struggling.  You may find she has some issues you've already handled or are currently dealing with yourself.  You may have insight to help guide her.

Third, point her to Scripture.  Jesus is the only one who can bring peace, so it seems only natural to take her to Him.  If she doesn't know Him yet, this is an excellent time to show her HOW to find peace in Christ.  Show her your favorite verses that you lean on in times of struggle.  Point her to what the Lord shows you. 

Pray with her.

It may not seem like a lot of effort on your part, but those few little things can make a world of difference to the struggling homemaker.  Just a few moments to show you care makes a difference.

If you don't believe me...

Try it!

Joyfully shared at:

  Consider the Lilies
Growing Home


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