Thursday, October 16, 2008

Trying out a vision statement...

Back in June, I blogged about wanting to come up with a vision statement for my role as a keeper of my home. I drew examples from a couple of other blogs.

Here's my attempt at coming up with a vision statement to help me stay focused in my role as keeper at home. I'm phrasing it as a prayer, because I do not consider myself to have attained this, at all. In fact, I'm a little embarrassed to share this publicly, because it is such a personal goal. I'm afraid it will sound as if I'm self-righteous or the "syrupy" kind of religious or as if I think I have it all together or something. It's just a way of helping me stay on track.

I included the part about taking my home making role as seriously as one might a job outside of the home, because I sometimes feel the pressure in today's culture to think of my role in the home as less important than it really is.

For even the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also out to love one another. I John 4:11

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. Psalm 119:54

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love; just as I have kept My
Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be made full. John 15:10-11

My prayer is that the Lord will always be the builder of our home.

Unless the Lord builds the home, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1

My prayer as an older woman is to serve the Lord in my home in a way that his name will be honored and never dishonored.
Titus Chapter 2:4-5 ...that the world of God may not be dishonored.

My prayer is for the Lord to use me to be a loving and helpful companion to my husband. One way I can do this is to manage our home well so that he can fulfill his role.

Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband trusts in her.

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 31:12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

My prayer is for the Lord to use me to love and to encourage my children and their spouses and, if the Lord blesses them with children, my future grandchildren.

Behold, children are a gift from the Lord. Psalm 128:3

My prayer is to treat keeping my home as my main career and give it the same time and attention that a person who works outside the home gives their job.

Titus 2:5… Workers at home…

My prayer is to extend my arms to those outside of our family. My prayer is to use my home as a base for serving the Lord in all areas. I pray to welcome strangers and show hospitality.

I Timothy 5:10 And if she has devoted herself to every kind of good work.

I pray to be creative, prudent, faithful, and thrifty; to speak with kindness and wisdom; to look well to the ways of my household; to be a steward of whatever resources the Lord places in our hands; to serve nutritious food within a budget; to dress and keep my person in a way that encourages and refreshes my husband and family; to have strength for my tasks; to attend to my family’s clothing needs; to work with delight; and to choose my materials and endeavors well.

My prayer is to remember that I follow a Lord who gave up His home while on earth and also to remember that I am a pilgrim on this earth. I pray for the Lord to help me create, on a thrifty budget, a peaceful, restful, and joyful space around us no matter where we may lodge.

I welcome any suggestions and feel free to share your own personal vision statements either by leaving a link in the comments section or writing it out for us. I love to read the vision statements on other blogs. :)



karin said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog! I like your idea of a personal mission/vision statement. I did that a number of years back and will now go back to re-visit and perhaps re-draft my own. It is a good exercise in our spiritual journey.

I particularly like this part of your prayer. I totally agree!

"My prayer is to treat keeping my home as my main career and give it the same time and attention that a person who works outside the home gives their job."

(still have to learn HTML to underline, lol)

Good thoughts!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Karen,

I enjoyed your blog and am glad you visited mine.