Balancing Homemaking and Faith

I know how challenging it can be to juggle the responsibilities of homemaking while maintaining a strong faith life. It’s not always easy, but turning towards our faith can provide the strength and guidance we need, especially during difficult times. Today, I want to share some practical tips on how to balance life with kids of all ages and how to include them in daily routines, all while keeping our faith at the center.

Turning Towards Faith in Difficulties

In the beginning stages of my homemaking journey, it felt overwhelming. I remember when I first came home, I began relying more and more on my faith. It wasn’t an instant fix but a gradual process. I remember this well because the kids started homeschool two years before I became a full-time homemaker. So, for two years, I struggled with the decision to come home.  While in transition and trying to find balance, those days felt endless. I found solace in short prayers throughout the day. Just a simple, “Lord, give me strength,” while preparing a meal, made a significant difference. It’s about making those small connections with God in our daily chaos. This was around the time that Philippians 4:13 became very evident in my life. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Balancing Life with Kids

Balancing life with kids of different ages can be quite the challenge. My older kids have different needs and schedules compared to my little one. What works for me is creating a flexible routine that accommodates everyone. Mornings usually start with a quiet time for myself, where I read a short devotion and pray. This sets a positive tone for the day. 

For Z4, keeping him engaged with age-appropriate activities is key. I involve him in simple chores like putting away toys or helping to make his bed. This not only keeps him occupied but also teaches responsibility. For my older kids, I encourage them to be more independent with their tasks and help out with their younger brother. It’s all about teamwork and adjusting our expectations to what’s realistic for our home. 

Including All Kids in Daily Routines

Including all the kids in daily routines can be a fun and rewarding experience. One way I do this is by turning chores into family activities. We have a “clean-up song” that we sing together while tidying up, making it a fun time rather than a chore. For meal preparation, even the youngest helps washing vegetables and fruit. These moments become opportunities for teaching and bonding.

Another important aspect is incorporating faith into these routines. We have a family prayer time before meals and bedtime. It’s a special moment where we come together, share our thoughts, and pray for each other. This not only strengthens our faith but also our family bond. 

Keeping It Real

It’s important to remember that we don’t have to be perfect. There will be days when things don’t go as planned, and that’s okay. The goal is to create a loving and faith-filled home, not a perfect one. Give yourself grace and remember that every effort you make, no matter how small, is valuable. 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Balancing homemaking and faith is a journey, one that requires patience, flexibility, and a lot of prayer. By turning towards our faith during difficulties, creating flexible routines, and including our kids in daily tasks, we can create a home that reflects God’s love and grace.

Balancing Homemaking and Faith