Singing, Praising, and Cleaning? Homemaking as Worship {Part 3 of the Busy at Home Series}

Welcome to Part 3 of the Busy at Home Series! Together, we’ve been searching God’s word to learn what it says about housekeeping. I’m a naturally messy person and struggle with housekeeping (Part 1), but I’m convinced that God cares about the condition of our homes (Part 2). You can dive right into Part 3 or catch up first by clicking the links in the previous sentence.


Previously in this series, we’ve established that God cares about the condition of our homes and wants us to manage our homes well.

Singing, Praising, and Cleaning? Click through to read why homemaking is worship!

Since we know God wants us to be good housekeepers (not to look perfect, but so we can function well), we know that housekeeping is obedient. So the question really is, “Is obedience worship?” and I hope your soul shouts, “Yes!”

Obedience is Worship

Why do you worship God?

Really think about your answer and form it into words. I’ll wait right here…

 

 

 

My answer would be, “To show God how much I love Him and how thankful I am for everything He’s done.” I would guess your answer has something to do with love, adoration, or appreciation, too.

The Bible tells us how to show love to God. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Samuel said, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

Obedience is the highest form of worship. When we do the hard work of obedience, it shouts our love and reverence to God.

When we do the hard work of obedience, it shouts our love and reverence to God. Click To Tweet

Homemaking is worship, because it is obedient to His word.

Serving Others is Worship

…through love, serve one another. Galatians 5:13

We are commanded to serve one another. I’ve often thought about this verse as relating to church work and volunteering.

What if it applies to our families too?

When we…
make dentist appointments,
grocery shop,
pack lunches,
mop floors,
wash clothes,
scrub toilets,
organize medicines,
chauffeur to doctors’ appointments,
do a million other things as moms, wives, daughters, and sisters…
we are tangibly serving the people God gave us.

Homemaking is a tangible reminder that Jesus served others. The slight pang of sacrifice we feel spurs us to worship the one who sacrificed all for us.

Singing, Praising, and Cleaning? Click through to read how homemaking can be worship!

Homemaking serves others, and serving others is a way to worship God.

Your Heart Matters

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23

Consider the word heartily for a moment. It literally means, with heart. The state of your heart matters.

In 1 Chronicles 28:9, David says to Solomon, “Know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and a willing mind.”

For homemaking to be worship, our hearts need to be set on God.

So how can we prepare our hearts to worship through homemaking?

Confess our sin.

Homemaking can bring up old wounds, patterns of sin, and weaknesses in our spiritual walk.

If your heart is hardened by resentment, entitlement, or selfishness, be honest with God about it. If you have a tendency to grumble or keep score, ask God to free you from that.

Confess it. Repent of it. Commit to continually turn away from it.

Pray

Our God is a God of abundance! Ask Him for what you need. He has enough energy, motivation, and perseverance to help you get through the many tasks your day requires. He cares about every little part of our lives and He can work even in our most mundane situations.

God cares about every little part of our lives; He can work even in our most mundane situations. Click To Tweet

Pray as you begin a homemaking task. Ask for God’s help to work efficiently, make decisions quickly, and to know when to stop so you don’t get overwhelmed.

This is a prayer I wrote for all of us reluctant homemakers out there. You can click on the image to get a printable version. I’ve posted mine in my laundry room, right beside where I keep my vacuum and mop. Put it wherever you need a reminder that this business of keeping a home matters to God.

A Homemaker's Prayer- Printable at Grace to Soar

Declare it as worship

Say the words, “I am worshiping you right now, God.” Let the cleaning you do remind you of the cleaning He’s done in your heart. Let the sacrifice you feel remind you of the sacrifice of Jesus. As you serve your family, remember how Jesus served too.

You can also turn on your favorite worship music to help with this!

Homemaking is Worship

Taking care of the gifts God has given us is not only good stewardship, it’s a way we can worship Him. God wants us to be good housekeepers; I’m convinced of that. I don’t think He desires perfection or that there’s a checklist of tasks He wants done each day/week/month/etc. But I do think we have to keep our lives and homes running well enough to be able to be used by God however He sees fit. It’s one way we can show our gratitude for the blessings He has given to us!


If you just joined us, please check out the two previous posts in the Busy at Home Series:

My Battle with Being Busy at Home: Part 1
Does God Care About My Messy House: Part 2

In Part 4, I share 12 strategies that have helped me gain control over my home and life. I pray they help you, too!

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What about you, friend? How do you turn housekeeping into worship? Share your best tips in the comments!

31 thoughts on “Singing, Praising, and Cleaning? Homemaking as Worship {Part 3 of the Busy at Home Series}

  1. I couldn’t agree more! What we do in our homes is a praise to God. I sometimes help myself stay focused on this by listening to my audio Bible, singing hymns, or posting my prayer list in places where I do lots of work (like above the kitchen sink).

  2. Hi Beka,
    As a husband and father I don’t have many of the same responsibilities as most wives and mothers, but I still have plenty of tasks that require faithfulness and can start to feel menial.

    One way Katie and I encourage ourselves is through Zechariah 4:10 says Do not despise the day of small things, for the LORD rejoices to see these things take place.

    God finds joy in the small things we do. He takes pleasure in our faithfulness in these little areas.

    For that reason, we shouldn’t “despise” these things. We should see them – like you said – as worship.

    1. Thank you Scott- yes we all have tedious tasks we are responsible for. Love that verse from Zechariah and hadn’t thought about it related to this topic before.

  3. I like how your prayer includes wisdom in knowing when to work and when to rest. So many times we mothers work ourselves to death and are in a constant state of weariness. I need to take more time to be still with the Lord so that I’m at peace as I’m doing all that is required of me.

    1. You’re so right! My word for May is “settled”. I want a settled heart- not a heart that’s uneasy and full of anxiety and urgency.

  4. Beka, this was outstanding! Such a challenge and encouragement to me! I especially loved the part about obedience as an act of worship.
    “Obedience is the highest form of worship. When we do the hard work of obedience, it shouts our love and reverence to God.” – LOVE THAT!
    My favorite things to do while cleaning are: listen to praise music, pray, work on scripture memory, and just think about God and marvel about who He is. I loved the idea in the comments about posting prayer lists in spots where I work. I’m definitely going to do that. I often do that with verses I’m working on memorizing, but prayer lists would be great too!

  5. Obedience to God is always honored. And when we obey with a heart aimed to please God and an attitude that reflects it, THAT is worship.
    – Lo | lotanner.com

  6. Thank you Beka. This series has been a blessing to me personally. I love your home making prayer. Thank you for that. I do believe God cares about everything about us, even to the most mundane task. May God grant us the strength to faithful and obedient even in the little things.

  7. Hi Beka, it’s wonderful reading this here!
    I love how you stringed obedience and serving others together. We need to to see it as a ministry.
    Homemaking minister’s prayer is lovely.
    Thanks for the encouragement

  8. Love this. Far too often I forget that house work can be worship. I like Colossians 3:24 as well. We are serving Christ. I like to put on Worshipful music when I am cleaning.

  9. I love this! Every little thing we do is a worship to him… from mopping the floors to scrubbing the toilet. I try and take those wonderful moments to be grateful and to worship Him. He is such a loving God and I’m so grateful for what He has given me.

    1. Yes! I’ve had to really work on my perspective while cleaning. I try to pray and thank God for things as I clean them!

  10. I just read the entire series and I just loved it!! It’s definitely what I needed to read as it made me feel good to know there is someone else with the same issue that I struggle with; I’m not alone in this. I feel that I have good intentions and I want my home to look nice but I get so overwhelmed then I give up. I am printing out the prayer and posting it in several places as a constant reminder. Thank you for being transparent.

    1. LaToya,

      I’m so glad you commented. You are not alone!! There’s so many more of us that struggle with this than I realized 😊

      This is a struggle God will help you fight. I say that humbly from experience. He cares about everything that affects you and wants to see you be successful in this!

  11. Beka – I love this! Our actions are so important, and doing our work for the glory of God is worship when our hearts are centered properly! I remember hearing Beth Moore say she used to put on her daughter’s crown while she did the laundry to remind her she was a daughter of the King who served those around her.

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