Written By Emily at Blessed Homemaking
Dear Mothers at Home,
In our current times, we must be aware that this road we have chosen–the path to raise our daughters to be homemakers–is a road less traveled. Many years ago, it was common, and normal, to raise daughters to be keepers at home. The expectation was not that your daughters would be going off to college when they finished their other schooling. The assumption was not that they would need, or even want, to go out and obtain employment away from their families. It was understood that daughters should be, and would be, kept under the sheltering influence of their parents until they were married and then went to be in their husband’s home.
But since the influx of feminism into our culture, and sadly even the Church, we are now met with the questions for our dear daughters, “What is she going to be when she grows up?” “Where is she going to college and what career has she chosen?” We may feel pressured to succumb to these common inquiries and feel coerced to go with the flow of modern culture. We may feel a tinge of guilt. “Am I holding my daughter back by raising her to be a homemaker?”
But we must, as with all things, return to Scripture. What does the Bible say? We know from Titus 2:3-5, that one of our duties as women is to be keepers at home. This is not a “cultural” thing that only applied “back then.” It is just as relevant today as the other virtues listed in those verses. 1 Timothy 5:14 also exhorts the younger women: “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”
Along with our other spiritual armor, we must take up the shield of faith every day, and remember that we are taking a road less traveled. We will face opposition. We must expect it and be ready for it. We must not take the questions and criticism to heart, but remember that we are doing what God wants us to do. We must stand strong for the principles in God’s Word and not falter under pressure. And also, we must remember that we are to be a light shining in the darkness for others. Our very example and stance may encourage others in the Church to do the same, and to realize that there is a better path for daughters than careers and college. Take heart, dear ladies, for the Lord is on our side.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.