The Virtuous Daughter (August)

by Victoria

Our culture today promotes young women to pursue higher education, careers, and life outside the shelter of their father’s home. It tells us to think about the paths we should take for careers when we enter high school, and the day we hit our senior year, the all-powerful question comes—“Where are you going for college?” It’s assumed that you will acquire some form of higher education, because the world tells us that is where we find our value.

Yet, a generation of young women is rising up that is going against the flow of the world’s expectations, and is seeking God’s requirements instead. We are taking a stand against what is considered “normal,” and living radically different from the world. We are set-apart(Leviticus 11:45; 1 Peter 1:14-15), yet it’s still hard to retrain our minds from the college/career paradigm that has been driven into us. We can easily slip and find ourselves looking at the fast-paced track of “success” that other young women are on, forgetting that our worth is found in being virtuous and productive at home.

Some of the world’s lie remains in our heads because we deceive ourselves into believing that being a daughter-at-home is boring and a waste of time and talent. On the contrary, it is exactly the opposite! There are more opportunities to grow and further your talents at home while blessing others around you, than in pursuing your own selfish desires. Instead of seeking higher education for a career that we will one day put on the shelf and no longer use after marriage, we must seek a multi-generational cause. The home is an exciting, exhilarating place when you are able to:

· Spend unlimited time with the Lord. Although you have responsibilities at home, you also have the freedom to ponder Scripture throughout the day, read your Bible whenever you desire, and be in constant praise to your Maker! By being at home, you can invest spiritually in the lives of your siblings, mentoring them and sharing what the Lord has been teaching you. You can also disciple other young women in the ways of the Lord.

·Learn homemaking skills. You can pursue and master important skills that will bless not only your family now, but also your future husband, children, and their children after them. Beyond the basics of culinary arts, housekeeping, and childcare, you can become proficient in sewing, soap making, lesson planning, budgeting, and other pursuits that will be beneficial for years (and generations) to come.

·Become like Christ. Above all, the beauty of staying at home and blessing your family is that you will become more like Christ—Who came to serve, and ultimately lay down His life. (Matthew 20:28) There is no greater purpose than that, to pour out your life for the Master’s use. Learn to become His hands and feet, always ready to do His will and touch the lives of others.

So, let us prepare our minds for action (1 Peter 1:13), grounded in the truths that we believe (Ephesians 6:13), and be ready to give an answer of the hope that we have (Col. 4:6).

“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

{I Peter 3:15}

What an opportunity we have to do this while being virtuous and productive daughters at home—finding our worth in God’s plan!

~Victoria
{Guest Writer}