Contentment in the Kitchen

by brenda on

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I can’t tell you how many women have told me recently that they don’t like to cook. And let’s face it, serving good food to your family requires some time in the kitchen. There’s no way around it. I have been thinking about this, and ladies in our day and time have it so easy–we don’t like to cook, so we pay others to do it for us. We do this in the form of:

~Going out to restaurants

~Fast food

~Pizza delivery

~Chinese take-out

~Boxed mixes

~Pre-made potato salad and other “deli” foods

~Frozen meals

~Store bought breads

~Cream of whatever soups and canned chicken broth

 

There’s a cost to this kind of eating; for both budget and our bellies.

Think of Ma Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, or any woman in her day. Think about what her life would have been like if she said that she didn’t like cooking and didn’t want to spend as much time in the kitchen. It wasn’t an option. It just simply wasn’t a choice for her. She had to stand in that kitchen, constantly putting wood in her cook stove, stirring rabbit stew over a hot fire, canning and preserving, etc.–whether she liked it or not. If she didn’t do this work, her family would starve to death and die. Her work, I believe, was just as important as her husband’s for their livelihood–he managed the fields and the animals, and hunting, and chopping fire wood; all of which were necessary for life. She made sure there was always food on the table by preserving, cooking, smoking meats, churning butter, and standing over a hot stove 3 times per day. They both kept the family going.

I am a stay-at-home-mom. My husband goes to work every week-day and earns a paycheck for our livelihood. Its a different kind of work–he sits in front of a computer and has a lot of meetings–but he’s working so that our family can survive. I am in the home, with the children. I can spend my days doing things that interest me more than cooking–but the reality is, my family is hungry, at least 3 times per day. Since all of the above purchased food items are not an option for us (because of the diet that we have chosen for our health), I, inevitably, spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I would say, I am in the kitchen about 65 to 80% of my day. Now, I can be joyful in these moments, or I can be crabby and complain that I’m always in the kitchen.

Philippians 2:14 to 15 says: Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Whatever you do–even cooking, do it for God’s glory.

Colossians 3:17 says: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Whatever you do, even chopping celery or onions or sweeping the floor, do it in the name of Jesus, and give thanks to God the Father. Give thanks that you have celery and onions to chop. Give thanks that you have knives to chop with. Give thanks that you have a cutting board, and hands that can do the job well. Give thanks for your family that you are feeding. Give thanks that you have floors to sweep, even if they aren’t ideal and the kids are always tracking in leaves and mud. Give thanks while you work.

 

Note that I’m preaching to myself as well as all of you. :) I enjoy baking and occassionally creating recipes (especially if the children are not in the kitchen ;)), but the daily cooking of 3 meals a day wears on me. I am reminding myself, give thanks. Give thanks. Give thanks!

I was thinking, too, what if my husband came home one day and said he didn’t like working, so he didn’t want to do it anymore? What would that look like for our family? He works every day, whether he likes it or not. It’s not about finding a career that makes him “happy,” it’s about providing for our family. My role is equally as important in providing for our family. My life is not about doing what makes me happy. Though, I suggest, I can be happy in what I “have” to do. :)

 

I’ve been reading a blog that has been challenging me, called The Legacy of Home. This woman is content in her kitchen, and in her homemaking, and in her role as a wife and mom. I want to be like her when I grow up. :) Or maybe, right now. :) Please check out the following posts and learn about contentment in the home and in the kitchen:

Spending the Day in the Kitchen

I Really Love My Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen

Getting Into Homemaking

Waking Up to a Cozy Kitchen

The Breakfast Hostess

Cheerful at Home

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