While I was growing up, I had many different career aspirations.
Marine Biologist. Architect. Attorney.
I remember when I was in elementary school, my teacher decided to sit down with my parents and give them an educational catalog to look through. She told them I was a really promising student, and would make a great doctor someday.
I tried hard to live up to the ambitions others had for me. After all, it felt nice to be complimented and I felt proud. But in the quiet of my room I would pick up my baby dolls and pretend to be a mommy.
Years passed, and the word homemaker was never on my radar. I thought I could be just about anything I wanted, and why would I ever want to just stay at home all day?
But then life happened. My first daughter was born. God opened my eyes.
At first, I fought tooth and nail against this newfound desire to stay home. This would waste my talents! (Or so I thought, ha!) I continued working towards a degree I would never use, while compiling debt that would burden my family for years to come.
Then one day I decided to just stop fighting the pull to stay at home and raise my family. During this time I realized that there were actually many women who wanted to stay home with their children, but many didn’t seem very happy. I knew there had to be more. God has called us to live abundantly, ladies! We can absolutely live abundantly as homemakers, even if this goes against every thing we’ve always been taught.
I used to believe that the ultimate career was anything but homemaking. But then I looked more closely at what the actual goals of most careers were. These careers made money to financially support their homes and families.
But homemakers are different. The career of homemaking goes above and beyond this role, and breathes actual life into the home on a daily basis.
By God’s grace, homemakers are the life force in the home. We bring in beauty, and love, and good teachings.
When we care for our family’s needs, we bring life to their life.
Women are life-givers and nurturers. Don’t let culture take that away from you. The lure of a paycheck sounds lovely, but we are worth more than that. We are life givers! What a blessing to our families when we are able to pour into them on a daily, hourly, and minute-by-minute basis. How gracious God is to allow me to fill this role in my home. It is His plan for us, ladies. In Titus 2:5, women are admonished to “…to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Being a homemaker aligns with the Biblical mandate to be a keeper at home. This a role that we can embrace, knowing full well that God wants what’s best for us.
C.S. Lewis said it so well. “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
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