How to Build a House

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By Kristen Johnson

I would say I’m pretty handy, for a girl. I have learned to do some “manly” things on my own solely because I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for my husband to help me. He’s a busy man, with his own long to-do list, so sometimes you just have to stain your own deck, you know? Or take down, paint, and re-hang your shutters.

Now when it comes to using saws and power tools, I’m out. I wish I would have taken shop class or something in high school, but at the time, I’d rather just sing! So if someone asked me to build something, something even as simple as a shelf, I would have no idea. I probably shouldn’t ever be allowed to use a saw. I mean, I just burnt my arm on my crock pot last night. Ouch.

But ladies, whether you are handy or not, we are called to build something. Proverbs is the book in the Bible full of lots of practical advice, like “Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest” (Prov. 14:4). But it also has some more modern advice for us ladies.

“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands” (Prov. 14:1).

See? If we are wise, we are building something! Our own home! Who has more influence over her own household than a woman, than a mother? No one. A woman sets the tone and attitude of the house in ways that no man can.

Usually, it is the woman that decorates. She makes holidays and birthdays special with cute signs or decorations. These things really influence the way your children view themselves and their family.

Also, women are often the ones who buy the food and prepare it. We are in charge of nourishing our entire family. Without it, no one would grow or thrive. No one would be able to accomplish the things of their day without having their basic need of food taken care of.

And you know the saying, “If mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy”? It’s true. My grumpy mood rubs off on my kids and makes my funky mood even worse. It turns my kids grumpy too!

So besides these practical ways of building our house, there is one more important thing to know. We must build our house on the Rock. “For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?” (Psalm 18:31).

Jesus talked about this too. In Matthew 7, He describes a man that builds his house on the rock versus one that builds on the sand. That rock is the teachings of God. God’s very Word is the only thing firm enough to build on. He says for the man with his house on the rock: “Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matt. 7:25). The same cannot be said for the house on the sand. It is torn down, much like the foolish woman’s in Proverbs 14.

This is the secret of a sound building, of a strong house, mama. We must cling to our God and His word for their is no other firm foundation.

“The wise woman built her house upon the rock, and the rains came a’ tumbling down…