February 25, 2007

Women of the counter culture, unite! (pt. I)

I never cease to be amazed at how many women in the body of Christ feel the way I do about the perceived necessity of using the degrees we've earned. Why, oh why, do we not give ourselves a well-deserved nod of approval at that remarkable accomplishment (face it, in our minute-to-minute culture whenever someone puts four years' focused time into any one thing, it's an accomplishment) and then go on to pursue our Godly, womanly talents and gifts? The following is an excerpt from a Revive our Hearts listener, commenting on the importance of not only becoming a Proverbs 31 woman, but not cow-towing to the “feminism” (which is anti-feminine) of our day and age.

"Having been in the generation that came to adulthood in the 50's-early 60's, I didnt ever think or believe there was a more important job than caring for my family , being a provider in my home. Many of my peers went on to college and after finishing believed they "needed to use" their degree.

I's like the mother who goes back to work when her baby is 6 weeks old. Years later, she will know she cannot go back and recoup that time lost. A division of labor is spoken of in the Bible. I believe the Bible teaches the man shall provide, while the woman cares and tends the family. We have moved far away from this Biblical standard for families and we wonder what has happened to the family.
We are buying bigger houses, charging on credit cards- restaurant bills, latest clothing fashion, vacations, fancy birthday parties for our children, and then believe "we have to work."

There are so many lasting gifts you can give your family. A haven in their home.
When they are grown, they will not remember the clothes, entertainment, etc, your salary may provide. They will remember the times they spent as a family and what their home life was like. The comment that Barbara Bush made to the Wellesley graduates, "At the end of your life you will not wish you had made more business deals, you will wish you had spent more time with your family."


Parisienne Farmgirl said...

United I stand with you!!! - then the devil whispers "You clean up messes for a living!"

I must remind myself (and him through scripture!) that I am training up a child in the way he should go and supporting my husband, thus allowing him the opportunity to be a man that my son can learn from and that I can depend on.
Good for you for getting your education - think of the marvelous ways God will use it in this next chapter of your life!

Victoria said...

Your raising A to be a godly man is a huge job, and one you could not have taken classes to do. Don't ever underestimate yourself. God gives us the talents He knows we need, not necessarily the ones that are appreciated by anyone but Him. Isn't it liberating to know that He loves when we use those talents to show our love for Him? It's really all we can do.


cityfarmer said...

Now,THESE are the FREY GIRLS that keep this family strong...and undivided!


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