Friday, June 07, 2019

Homemaker Support: Keeping Encouraged

Painting by Daniel Ridgeway Knight

Hello Ladies,

Today's video is created to support homemakers. It is 27 minutes long, which is just right for loading the dishwasher, folding the clothes, cleaning a room, or ironing a shirt or two. If you have something to do that is repetitive and want to listen to something, this video might help you complete the job.

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God Bless All of You.


The lip gloss is Wet and Wild, called "Cherish". 

Fabric for dress: David Fabrics, all cotton, woven.


The Quaint Housewife said...

Lydia, I loved seeing you in your video. I get a nice old-fashioned feeling being on your page and look forward to your posts. Please keep up the great work.

Feminine Belle said...

Always encouraging always positive. I like the supportive and self employment for homemakers talk. Lydia, would you consider talking about your grandmother? I think we would love to hear stories from that era! Are there pictures you can share?

IT is so easily to feel defeated, and put oneself down when you don't think you are making a difference in your own little part of the world. I wrote an article called Keep to the Script! It is a side blog I keep and write on from time to time. Some articles may fall into a category others might not find uplifting, so I keep it separate, but surprisingly it does get some traffic and few comments. :-)

I'll leave it here if it gets approval.

In one movie a man asked a woman why she believe bad things about herself even when untrue. She stated, "The bad stuff is easier to believe."

We should only think on true and lovely things to grow our gentle femininity.

Don’t have a blog said...

Always enjoy your posts and videos, Mrs. Sherman! They always encourage and inspire me. Thank you for staying strong in face of opposition!

Gigi said...

I look forward to picking up a cleaning project (cleaning out drawers?) and listening to your video. Thank you for posting! I love the encouragement. :)

Angela said...

Thank you for your encouragement! I was in much need today.

Songsparrowgarden said...

I love everything you addressed Lydia. .. but this time especially - - your mention of hand-work by women in the home. Of late I have not had time to sew or stitch. . and I used to love it so (sew) much :) . . but then I became overwhelmed with problems at home, work, etc. . .and began to think. . . why do I need that stuff? I have no one to hand it down to - - my husband could care less. .. but today you made me realize - - I need it for myself. . for my own creative expression and to break the patterns of all the tough stuff I'm dealing with thru the day. It's a re-set - - as a cup of tea is, and I look forward to one day being able to get back to it. Please know that what you speak of is very much appreciated.

Laura Jeanne said...

I downloaded your talk onto a USB drive today, and listened to it in the car while I drove into the city today to do some errands. I enjoyed the talk - thank you as always for the encouragement. I agree with what you said about the importance of rest, but this is something that I really struggle with, because as I am currently homeschooling 3 of my children, I have little enough time to get the housework done, and virtually no time to rest. I try to carve out some time, but it means that something always goes undone. And the house is never really clean either. But I will try to remember what you said next time I am tempted to spend the entire day on my feet without any breaks. (This happens quite often this time of year, when I spend any free time available working in the garden!)

I also liked what you said about sewing or embroidery projects being worthwhile because they last, unlike meals which can take a lot of work but which vanish very quickly. I had not thought of it that way before, but it's true. That gives me encouragement to do a little sewing or quilting now and then, even if it means I have to cook simpler meals to make up the time. It would be nice for sure if I had an extra 6 hours or so every day, but since I don't, I have to do what I can. :)

Lydia said...

There is probably a lot more we don’t even know about for the reason the women took such fancy threads and hand work with them to wildernesses or even to outback Australia in the 1800’s. It elevates you from a hard life and gives you a feeling of refinement. It’s kind of a spiritual experience to sit in quietness and see or paint. They took very little in material possessions with them to these crude cabins but the women had fancy needlework. The thoroughly modern millennials might think it makes no sense. I’m still looking into myself so I’m getting some ribbon embroidery and going to experience it

Homemaker's Heart said...

Dear Lydia~ Outstanding!!!

That is the best word I could come up with after listening to your video. I listened while I made breakfast and found I was grabbing paper out of my planner/notebook so I could right down your gems of wisdom. I wish I knew how to download it as someone else did, but writing has been wonderful for me.

This couldn't have come at a better time. As I am at a point in my life and my homemaking that I need 'refreshment'. My discouragement has caused me to even loose sight of my goal of making a home and being refreshed myself so I can be an encouragement to my husband.

The highlights that meant so much to me are:
*Try not to become dependent on the approval of others
* While homemaking requires us to do repetitive jobs daily, it's our Handwork, or Artwork that gives us something to look forward to and helps to overcome the discouragement of the daily repetitiveness. (I used to dream of making paper or disposable clothes when I was first married with 2 litlle girls. Now I have a wonderful laundry routine and don't even think about it.)
*That we have to keep ourselves encouraged and uplifted so we can also encourage others.
*When we are not pleased what the state of our home is in, we can renew our minds (the very verse the Lord has had me memorized this week!)
*Your lovely explanation that we live in a life that homemakers aren't readily nearby, so by using platforms or blogging we can encourage each other in our journey as Homemakers.

Thank you so much Lyida. May God bless you as well.


Lydia said...

Good comments you all, they help a lot so I can see what you are hearing