For a long time, I've been embarrassed to admit it. I always thought housewifery was more a joke than an occupation, especially if there aren't any children in the mix. I imagined 50s sitcoms. Detergent ads. Martha Stewart. But the truth of the matter is that I am a wife, without children, who stays at home. I spend the greater part of my day prepping food, doing laundry, running errands, and serving meals. Once Sam comes home from the school, I rarely work on my manuscript. I spend time with him. I encourage him. I feed him. A lot...
As much as I still find it strange and sometimes frustrating that I don't go to work everyday, it's an absolute blessing that I don't have to work, and I'm learning to love the opportunity that God has given me to pour into others and create an inviting space for them.
Colossians 3:23 tells us, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." When I used to read this verse, I imagined a career or long hours of service at our church. Never in my life would I have thought it was telling me to bake a really great pie for my husband.
But, then again, God is always surprising me. And He is GOOD.
Be blessed, friends.
Liz (and Sam)
As always, support can be sent to
Sam & Elizabeth Steere
3601 Ginger Creek Dr.
Springfield, IL 62711