Today is cold and dreary. I’m sitting in our car, waiting for my children to complete their violin lessons. Such is the life of a mother. I’m so grateful that my kiddos are getting instruction in the arts, but I must admit I would rather be home on this type of day. I plan on trying a new dinner roll recipe tonight, and I am looking forward to it.
As a married woman, my mission is my family. I am called to take care of them, and to teach them the ways of the Lord to the best of my ability. Whether that be preparing food, washing clothing, teaching in our homeschool, cleaning and beautifying our home, spending time with my husband, or reading the Scriptures. It is all important. These are all things that I can see glimpses of God in if I look.
I have not been the greatest at sitting down and reading a book from start to finish lately. Nonetheless, I do read whenever I can. I have started to inch through the book Female Piety by John Angell James. This book was written the 1800’s, and it has been fun to read the older text. I believe reading books from this time period definitely stretches our minds.
Anyhow, I would like to share a passage with you about a woman’s mission. It has made me reevaluate a few things in my life in regards to the amount of time I spend working on my home business.
Before we begin, I would like to mention that contrary to the text below, I do believe that unmarried woman can and should continue to be financially supported by their fathers if they live under their roof and abide by the rules of the house.
“In common with man, woman has a heavenly calling to glorify God as the end of her existence, and to perform all the duties and enjoy all the blessings of a religious life: like him, she is a sinful, rational, and immortal creature, placed under an economy of mercy, and called, by repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, to eternal life. Religion is as much her vocation as that of the other gender. In Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female, but all are on a level as to obligations, duties, and privileges. In common with man, she is called, where she is unmarried and dependent, to labor for her own support; a condition to which large portions of the community are necessarily subject by the circumstances of their birth. Diligence in labor is as incumbent upon her as upon the other gender, and indolence is as inexcusable in her as in man.
But in the married state, her sphere of labor, is her FAMILY – and it belongs to her husband to earn by the sweat of his brow, not only his own bread, but that of the household. In many of the uncivilized tribes, where the ameliorating influence of Christianity is not felt, the wife is the drudge of the family, while the husband lives in lordly sloth; and even in this country, at least in its manufacturing portions, manual labor falls too often, and too heavily upon married women, greatly to the detriment of their families.”
- Female Piety p. 49
After reading this passage, I can’t help but to contemplate the paid work I have completed in my home, and whether it has been a detriment to my family. Given the circumstances of the world, I have taken it upon myself to try to make a bit more money in my Etsy shop than I had been.
My husband has told me not to worry about such things, but I have. I have worried when I shouldn’t. God knows what we need on a deep and intimate level. I have nothing to fear.
Today I am encouraged to truly rest in Christ, and to give my whole focus to my family. They are everything to me, besides my faith.
Perhaps it would be best for me to cut back on my outside work, and to spend more time concentrating on them. Perhaps it would be best for you to do the same, sweet friend.
Our calling to our families is incredibly important. I’ve been convicted that they deserve my attention most of all.
I hope you have a lovely day with your families. I definitely hope to!
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