10 Inspiring Homemaking Bible Verses

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Do you desire to be a biblical homemaker? Why? Does scripture back up your claim? Here are 10 homemaking Bible verses to inspire and strengthen your journey as a homemaker.

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Why dive into the concepts of homemaking Bible verses?

A few months ago I was confronted by someone who made the case that women being the primary homemaker was not a Biblical concept.

I was perplexed.

My convictions stem from strong ties that the woman is the primary homemaker. Although homemaking does not belong to her alone, it is primarily her role.

Then again our world is filled with sin. Sometimes the women simply cannot primarily be in charge of the home. Sometimes she is working while her husband is home. Other times there is no spouse to take a role in the home.

Yet, I would still make the argument that the woman has been tasked by God as the primary builder of a home. These homemaking Bible verses have been put together as a way to draw our hearts and homes back to scripture.

A Biblical View of Homemaking

So what is a Biblical view of homemaking?

 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Titus 2:4-5

Have you ever wondered what the word ‘working at home’ translates to in the Greek?

The Greek word in this passage is oikourgos and it means ‘working from home’. Other translations say “keepers at home,” “homemaker”, or “busy at home.”

Although this is only a piece of Biblical homemaking, it does indicate that women are intended to be workers of the home. We are the front-line managers of creating a home that nurtures our family and prepares them for the outside world.

One of my favorite books on homemaking is from Sally Clarkson, she says this,

Home should be a place where, behind its doors, one should expect to find protection and safety from all the harms of life, including voices that do not speak truth or wisdom. Only the foolish would invite just anyone to enter the door of their home.

Sally Clarkson

Friends, do not take your homemaking task lightly, you are creating a safe haven for your family in what continues to be a world that seeks to destroy. Let it be a place that is in the world, but not of the world.

Working at Home

Must we work (for pay) at home in order to be a homemaker? No.

I read once that homemaking is a full-time job if you want to do it right.

My heart sank. How can I work outside of the home and also be a homemaker that is ‘doing it right.’

She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:27 ESV

Let me breathe some life into your tired mind and heart sister. You cannot do it all, but there is freedom in that. My all-time favorite Bible verse on homemaking comes from Psalms 127:1. This entire website in fact is based on my love of that passage.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

    those who build it labor in vain.

Palms 127:1`

Why does this passage affect me so? Because it takes the pressure off and reminds me who my ultimate foundation is.

I am not a stay-at-home mom. I’m a working mom with a business to boot. We live on 40 acres and a homestead. Some days there is scarcely time to eat and breathe. Conviction often comes as my sweet and gentle Savior leads me to pastures of rest and I look at our cluttered lives. The conviction stems from my desire to do more, be more, and check more off my to-do list.

Jesus gently reminds me of my purpose and to let ‘first things be first’ and the rest will follow.

Harder said than done, isn’t it?

You don’t have to be a stay-at-home mom to be a good homemaker, but you do need to be willing to rest in obedience to Christ.

A Women of Character

A homemaker is a woman of character. What does a woman of character mean?

Contrary to popular Christian belief, this does not mean that she is exemplary in all aspects of her life. It does not mean that she looks and seems perfect on the outside. It does not even mean that she has well-balanced self-control!

It simply means that through her weakness and failings, she is pursuing godly qualities and the Fruits of the Spirit are evident in her everyday life.

How do we build a healing home?

If you want to learn more about building a healing home, read this related post.

What is your purpose in homemaking?

Truthfully, homemaking can become an idol in your life that replaces what should come first, just like anything else. As I look at these Bible verses about homemaking, I have been reminded of my own weakness in letting my own priorities and goals in life get in the way of God’s higher purpose.

Matthew 6:33 reminds us,

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The building of our home should not replace what comes first and that is Christ.

Motherhood and homemaking are difficult though, it can be a stressful and worrisome time of our lives, this devotional looks at the difficulties of motherhood through a gospel lens, aimed at encouraging you on your motherhood journey.

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10 Homemaking Bible Verses

Our homemaking Bible verses are not going to be blanketly speaking to homemakers. Some of them speak directly about the home and others are simply verses to inspire you on your homemaking journey.

Proverbs 24:3-4

Proverbs 24:3-4 claims that by wisdom a house is built, but by knowledge, the rooms are filled. It’s poetic in nature and speaks to the homemaker’s role in creating a home for her family.

By wisdom a house is built,
    and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
    with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 24:3-4 ESV
Proverbs 24:3-4 ESV

Psalms 127:1

Unless the Lord builds the house,

    those who build it labor in vain.

Palms 127:1`

As stated above, this is my favorite homemaking Bible verse because it points to the importance of God being the primary foundation of a home. Dear homemakers, if you are reading this, please let this verse be a true reminder not to build your home in vain! How tragic if we someday stand before Christ and find out that our work in our homes was burnt up because of our own anger, folly, and sin?

Titus 2:4-5

and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Titus 2:4-5

Are you self-controlled? I probably would have said yes, until I had kids, and then I truly realized what a loose cannon I am! Maybe you can relate. You know one of the ways we build self-control? We surround ourselves with women and mentors who have gone before us. Titus 2 is a beautiful rallying cry for discipleship.

Although, I strongly encourage you to find godly discipleship and mentors, if you are in a season that is particularly hard, another valuable resource that I have found is the Art of Home podcast. Alison is a seasoned homemaker and she brings other homemakers on her podcast to have heart-to-heart conversations about raising children, being a godly wife, and creating a home. It’s truly worth the listen if you are seeking godly examples of a homemaker.

Titus 2:4-5

Proverbs 31:27

I know many women who would look at this verse and put a mental checkmark next to it. Myself included! We are not idle, that’s for sure! In fact, we are anything but idle, we scamper from one thing to the next in a complete frenzy of activity and rush. Sometimes the aimlessness of our busy lives is just as idle as sitting on the couch watching Netflix.

Be sure your to-do list is leading to the ‘next best thing’ and you are not eating the bread of idleness in the form of a busy life.

She looks well to the ways of her household

    and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:27
Proverbs 31:27 ESV Homemaking Bible Verses

Proverbs 31:21

She is not afraid of snow for her household,

    for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

Proverbs 31:21

When troubled times come, a good homekeeper has margin already planned in their life. Sometimes finding that margin is hard and it takes time and effort, but it’s always worth it to plan ahead for when things get tough. We live in Minnesota, so snow coming is just a reality for our household. However, I have often thought many times how incredible it is that we are able to live in such a cold climate so comfortably.

What about something more practical to our modern lives? Our finances? Do you plan for when tough times come? How about our cars? Are we ready for when something unexpectedly breaks? There is peace in knowing that God takes care of his children, but he also has given us a good brain to plan ahead for these things!

Proverbs 31:21 ESV

Psalm 121:5

The Lord is your keeper;

    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

Psalm 121:5 ESV

If homemaking is a full-time job, have you ever wondered who your boss is? This passage is a reminder that you are ultimately accountable to the Lord. You have the ultimate boss! He is full or grace, but also full of truth. Go to him with your struggles, he will not fail you!

Psalm 121:5 ESV Homemaking Bible Verses

Luke 12:42

Are you a faithful and wise manager? If I had to answer this question for myself, I probably would conclude that I have a lot of work to do in this area! As we learn to create a positive environment for our family, becoming a faithful manager becomes more natural.

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?

Luke 12:42
Luke 12:42 Homemaking Bible Verses

Psalm 127:4

Like arrows! What imagery this verse is suggesting? Your children are not only a gift, but they will be a blessing in your life, just like arrows are in the hands of a warrior. There certainly are hard days as we raise these little ones, but there are also good days, and at some point, these little ones will grow up. They will be adults and if you have been faithful in your parenting you will experience the joy of seeing your children walk in the truth and with God.

A hard truth to remember is that these children are not yours to keep. They have been given to you to raise and cherish, but ultimately they are God’s children, not yours. One of the best books, I have ever read on parenting is by Paul David Tripp called, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. I highly recommend the read!

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one’s youth.

Psalm 127:4
Psalm 127:4 homemaking Bible verses

Psalm 127:3

A reward! Your children are a reward and a heritage from the Lord. Be encouraged that your child is a gift and that no one else in this world has been commissioned to raise them but you. You are uniquely made and equipped!

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalm 127:3
Psalm 127:3 homemaking Bible verses

Proverbs 14:1

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

Proverbs 14:1

What does it mean to be a wise woman? I have asked myself that question many times. Does it mean that I crack open my Bible and seek wisdom each day? Does it mean actually having wisdom? We are not ever going to build our homes perfectly and we will fail at times, but seeking wisdom instead of being intentionally foolish with our time is a practice we must endeavor to keep.

Proverbs 14:1 homemaking Bible verses

Rest in your Homemaking

None of these homemaking Bible verses indicate that you must be married or have children to be a homemaker. Find joy in your homemaking journey no matter what season of life you may be in. Always rest in the knowledge that the Lord is the primary foundation of your home. He will uphold you in your weakness and sustain you when the days are long.

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