Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Daughters Struggle

I have been asked to participate in a question by Libby at: http://anoblecallingblog.blogspot.com/
Cameron at: http://followerofchristsblog.blogspot.com/
The question was: What is your greatest struggle as a stay-at-home daughter
Hmm... tough question! It seems to be different the older I get. From a 21 year old, stay-at-home daughters perspective, I would say at first it was finding contentment within the home. I had so many family members ask me what I was going to be doing when I grew up, and I couldn't give them an answer. Me, being the first born daughter, my mom and dad knew that when they'd raise me, they'd raise me to be a Homemaker. (Titus 2:5) But, they didn't know what that would look like.
  My great Aunt Pearl told me, "Idle hands are the devil's playground", so I know how important it is to have contentment. There are many days when I still struggle with being content... I have thoughts such as, "When will I get married and have children?" "What can I do today that I can drive around town for?" ..etc.. however, those times when I do feel dis-contented, I have to stop myself, pray, read the Bible, ask God for forgiveness, and think of things that can help my parents out throughout the day. I'd highly recommend the book, "Calm my Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow. I read this book when I was 17, and loved it so much that I bought it for myself.
As I grew older, I became so busy with life that the greatest struggle began to be making time with God. Sure, maybe pray once a day, but I didn't read the Bible, except for family worship every night, and on Sunday's. I began making my life more important than God. So, for me, I have to constantly remind myself that I need to make time for God  Lately, God has been giving me a break in my schedule, and so rather than try and get things done, I've been able to soak in the Word of God joyfully! :) We can all choose to read the Bible every day, but if our heart isn't in the right place, than we can't find joy.
If we find contentment in Christ, then we will find contentment in the home. :)
Here are some verses in the Bible that talk about Contentment:
Philippians 4:11-13, "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1st Timothy 6:6, "Now godliness with contentment is great gain."


  1. You've 'hit the nail on the head' as the #1 struggle. Thank you for your encouraging thoughts!

  2. I agree with Cameron! This was excellent- thank you so much for sharing!

  3. So, do you think its wrong for girls to be out working?

    1. Hi Brianna! It really honestly depends on the circumstance... I think that if your father is working, that, yes, you should be staying at home... I work in the home teaching Piano... I also teach outside of the house. I have some friends who work with their dad at work, which I don't mind, because they're under their dads protection still.
      We have an older woman in our church who has to work, because her husband and her had a divorce several years ago. Its up to her and her 2 boys to bring in the income for the household.
      Also, the question is: Why are you working? Are you choosing to work because your bored, and you need something to do? Because you want to get out of the house? Or because you honestly can't stand your family sometimes? Is it to bring an income to help the family, or yourself?
      So, no, I'm not totally against it... but it depends on the circumstance. Woman can work in the home as well as outside of the home: Babysitting, teaching something, doing laundry for someone, taking care of a neighbors pet, selling bee hives, and honey...etc... the list goes on. ;)
      I hope this answers your question... Please feel free to ask me any other questions! :)

    2. Alright, thanks for getting back to me ;) I do work outside the home for a christian guy at a butcher shop because that's the profession I'd like to get into. I work mostly with other Christians, and I'm in a great atmosphere as opposed to where I used to work. But I do enjoy going to work, and I work because I love it. I don't like staying at home, and plus I think its a good idea to have some sort of a savings built up for if I should ever move out if I don't get married (which I really do want to).
      Thanks for sharing your point of view, but I'm afraid mine differs slightly. Now, I do feel that women should not be out working if they have a family to care for, but as of now, I don't.

    3. Hi Brianna! No problem! Many people have many opinions. :)


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