Have you ever heard the saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness?” I’ve often wondered where that saying began and it turns out it was first recorded in a sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. Being clean is a sign of spiritual goodness and it is still used, often as an admonition to clean up. I can still hear my grandmother saying it. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness Jane. Go clean up.”.
Today it has taken on a whole new meaning to me as I seek to honor my Father as a housewife. I see it as a way to show Him how amazingly grateful I am for the home I have and the ability I have to stay at home and care for it. I consider it an honor to clean and keep things tidy. To me, cleanliness is a way to show godliness to my husband and my children and a way to show my Father gratitude. I don’t see it as a mundane aspect of daily life and it is how I keep a hygge feel to my home. A clean home is a comfy and peaceful home.
In Colossians 3:23 we can see that Yahuah tells us that whatever we do, work hard and do it for the Father, not for men. This has always been the key to my desire to keep a clean home. Let’s face it, we all have days where we just aren’t having it. Maybe we are tired or emotionally drained. Maybe you are a working mom and cleaning didn’t make the to do list after work today. No matter what the reason, we should still strive to keep our homes clean because our homes are a gift from our Father and ultimately everything we do should be done as if we are doing it for Him and that includes the very important job of cleaning up.
We should all recognize the hard work and the importance of a woman who cares for her home. It is not just a mundane activity that requires our attention. It is an act of godliness to follow the truths of the Bible and seek to honor the Father in what we do with our homes. Our homes are our churches. We teach our families values in them. We show them what the Father looks likes in day to day mundane activities like cleaning because He is in everything, every moment of our lives. (Prov 15:3)
The true expression of hygge is joining with loved ones in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere and the best way to do so is in a clean house where all can enjoy comfort and peace. The home does not get that way by itself and the woman who continuously works to keep her home clean is a woman of virtue (Prov 31:27)and gleans blessings from the Father. Think about it for one short moment. When does your home feel the most welcoming and peaceful? I find that my ideal hygge atmosphere is when my home is clean, the diffuser is running some lavender and rosemary and soft guitar is playing on the Alexa. It is in those moments that I can wrap up in a soft blanket on the couch with a good book, or the Bible, and fall into a calm and peaceful existence. It is those moments, where we have served the Father well that we can slip into the holy hygge atmosphere and know we have done our Father proud.
Before I finish I want to leave you with something I learned a long time ago from the Flylady (if you haven’t checked her out I highly suggest it). Keep your sink shiny. If you want to know the details, go check her out but I will say this: I feel so accomplished when my sink is shiny. It is like the finishing touch that tells my Father I am content, I am happy and I am so proud to serve Him every day by cleaning my home and keeping it comforting for my husband and my family!