This might be a controversial topic, but I really hope it’s not. I hope you can see my heart’s thoughts on the matter.
It’s been on my mind a lot lately and I have been reading some blogs about the old fashioned housewife. I long for the days when an old fashioned housewife was esteemed as important!
Being a wife in charge of her household is truly a worthy calling, but also a legitimate career! Nowadays, when a woman chooses to “stay home”, she is often ridiculed or devalued.
Being a housewife and homemaker is important work! There does seem to be a push in the last few years for acknowledging that again, but it seems like a slow-moving one.
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An Old Fashioned Housewife
Before the World Wars, most married women were housewives and homemakers. It was a respected and expected vocation.
The majority of women were not only satisfied and content to be so but also empowered and fulfilled in their roles as managers of their homes, lovers of their husbands, and mothers of their children.
When the wars happened and the men were called away to serve, women had to take over a lot of the work and jobs the men left behind. They were serving the country in their own outstanding way and I admire them for it.
However, when the men came home, they had a hard time giving up their newfound “freedom” and/or contribution to the workforce. They forgot that their first duty and calling was even more important than earning an income.
They believed the enemy’s lie that worldly gain is better than spiritual gain. That human recognization matters more than God’s perfect plan.
I think that is why so many T.V. shows from the 1950’s were focused on faithful housewives, homemakers, and mothers. They wanted to encourage women to return to their biblical roles.
I am not saying that those T.V. shows depicted it all perfectly, but they did try to capture an ideal family setting. Nowadays, it’s considered a bad thing to be too much like June Cleaver.
Marriage and the family are ordained and set apart by God as examples and extensions of His relationship with us. Disfiguring that, breaking that, eliminating that is exactly what the enemy of our souls would love to see happen.
Housewives are a vital part of God’s plan for families. Christians, especially, should realize this and suppress their flesh’s desire to rebel against God’s plan.
There are exceptions, of course. But, generally speaking, when each spouse is doing his/her part, a housewife will not need to work outside of the home.
She should also not be choosing to volunteer so much of herself to “causes” or other things that are simply fulfilling her flesh’s desire to please man. We should embrace the beautiful tasks God has placed before us.
Being a housewife and homemaker can encompass so many things. It is a full-time job.
Earning money from home is not a sin and is something I strive to do with this blog. However, it should come second after husband, children, and home.
Specifically, and ideally, a housewife will not be so busy as to neglect her husband, children, or home. Regardless of whether it’s a job, hobby, or good cause that is taking her time.
Plus, there are so many ways an old-fashioned housewife contributed to the finances! Being frugal-minded, being a DIYer, cooking from scratch, and being a homesteader are all ways we modern housewives can be more like the housewives of days gone by.
I appreciate, admire – and can relate to – the 1950’s housewives. They faced similar issues and ridicule that we do now and also had some of the modern conveniences we have now.
I kind of want to read A 1950’s Housewife just to see what it was really like back then. It’s written by a real 1950’s housewife.
So, let’s revive the old fashioned housewife! Let’s learn from the strong women who held tight to their roles, combine it with modern conveniences, and top it off with biblical truths!