Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Learning Contentment At Home

The reason the feminist agenda was able to flourish was the fact that so many homemakers were bored and dissatisfied at home. This is a quote from The Feminine Mystique ~

In my generation, many of us knew that we did not want to be like our mothers, even when we loved them. We could not help but see their disappointment. Did we understand, or only resent the sadness, the emptiness, that made them hold too fast to us, try to live our lives, run our fathers' lives, spend their days shopping or yearning for things that never seemed to satisfy them, no matter how much money they cost? Strangely, many mothers who loved their daughters ~ and mine was one ~ did not want their daughters to grow up like them either. They knew we needed something more.

I want you all to memorize a verse, please ~ Godliness with contentment is GREAT gain! {I Timothy 6:6}  You must make a conscious, daily effort to renew your mind with God's Truth and not your circumstances, especially when you have had many sleepless nights, your children are sick, your husband is depressed, you burned the chicken, you have a headache, etc.

Life is not easy. Going out and getting a 9:00 to 5:00 job isn't easy either. The grass is NOT greener on the other side. One of the young mothers I mentored told me she recently went out and got a part time job. She quit shortly afterwards. She decided the cost wasn't worth it.  She wanted to be home with her son.

What have we sacrificed to be away from our children for hours a day. At first glance, the 1950s was a decade of the family…But already the family was flashing warning signals. . . Homes and cars, refrigerators and washing machines, telephones and multiple televisions required higher incomes. . . The two-income family emerged. {Alice Kessler-Harris}

Do we really need all of the modern conveniences if it means we have to be away from our home and family? Can we try to learn contentment with fewer things and joyfully serving our husbands and children?  This is not a menial job. It is a high calling from God and the wonderful ministry He has given you. Practice contentment until it becomes natural.

Start a garden; try quilting, crocheting, or sewing; raise chickens if you have space; do some writing; putter in the kitchen; play with the children; work on crafting projects and quietly mind your own home. To attain a gentle and quiet spirit, we must not only seek to be transformed in our interior lives, but work on our exterior life in such a way that we cultivate a more peaceful existence. This should begin in the home.
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