The Importance of Parenting and the Work of Restoration (Video)
In this video, Janet Wilde shares about how her faith informs her work as a homemaker. This video was shown in corporate worship during a series called "The Other Six - Faith and the Rest of the Week" preached at Missio Dei Church in Asheville, NC. More information can be found at mdcasheville.org/faith-and-work
Thanks to Missio Dei Church in Asheville, NC, for their permission to post this video.
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How do I define work? I feel like the godly of definition of work is getting to do what you ought to do, what God designed me to do. It's hard to put a label on my work because there's so much involved, but the world would call me a homemaker. I never dreamed in a million years that I would stay at home because I was brought up in a broken home, with a lot of abuse and neglect. I was not the kind of kid who played "mommy" and had dolls.
In spite of all that, God has, in his wisdom, chosen me to end family curses and be a homemaker. There's a quote that I saw that C.S. Lewis says that in reality homemaking is the most important because it's the reason that all other jobs exist. That's a big responsibility. And it's interesting because I feel like the Lord, in all of this, is showing me who I really am. Where my whole life I've never known the real me, finally that mask is being taken off. And where I feel like there was no preparation for this, there was no background for this, there was not a godly example set for me, now the Lord is slowly revealing to me "This is who you actually are. This is who I really am." And this has been his design for me.
I feel like a word that keeps coming back to me is the role of "restorer" or "restoration." There's a lot in the Bible about that, particularly in Isaiah. "I will choose you to be a 'repairer of walls, a restorer of streets with dwellings.'" And in homemaking, I feel like there is a lot of restoration. I feel like I'm always making things new. And there's such joy in just simple tasks. I feel like the world has robbed women particularly of enjoying, like dusting, or cleaning, or mopping a floor, or even changing a baby's diaper. There is a restoration in all of that. You're making things new. You're making things nice. And that's important to God.