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Thursday, February 28, 2013

women

today at bible study we discussed women and the battle between careers and homemaking. such a touchy topic, but such a vital one. i can't speak for anyone else, i can only speak for myself, and call on the truth from god's word.

when i got pregnant with avery, the only thing i kept thinking over and over was "my life is over. i'll never be able to do what i want to do. now it's all about her and not about me." i was resentful and bitter for a while. but becoming a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me, i can say that and mean it with my whole heart. it has allowed me to forget the dreams i had for myself and realize the plans that god has for me (which, by the way, are so much better and more fulfilling). now that i have my two girls, there is nothing in this world that i would rather do than be a wife and a mother. that is my job, my calling, my life, at least for this season. i know without a doubt that this is the place god has for me. and i am completely content and happy with that. i feel fulfilled. i have no college degree, i bring in no paycheck, and yet i feel such peace and joy just being home, taking care of my kids, nurturing them, looking after our home, serving my husband. i love it.

but it has taken god changing my heart for me to see the value of this lifestyle. our culture tells women that we have to look perfect, cook amazing meals, be super crafty, decorate our homes with perfect style, be great in the sack (yes, i said it), be a mom, work a career... i mean, it's all too much. how can we ever live up to all of that? well, we can't. because we weren't created to. i love a quote from our current bible study book lies women believe that goes like this:

"women have been liberated right out of the genuine freedom they enjoyed for centuries to oversee the home, rear the children, and pursue personal creativity; they have been brainwashed to believe that the absence of a titled, payroll occupation enslaves a woman to failure, boredom, and imprisonment within the confines of home." -nancy leigh demoss, lies women believe

as i said before, i can't speak for every woman. i can only speak for myself and for what i believe to be true. god created women to be nurturers, caregivers, helpers to our husbands. that is my job. that is my joy. i may not see earthly reward, will never receive a paycheck or bonus, or a paid vacation. but i am storing up my treasures in heaven, i am raising up the next generation. that's something i am proud of, and something you should be proud of, too.


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