God Makes Home-Makers

Pastor JP points us to Carolyn Mahaney’s clear, winsome article calling for women to prepare themselves and their daughters for a life full of happy home-making.

Girls often spend years of intensive study for other professions and yet are completely unprepared to assume the career of homemaking.

Sadly, the “status” and “prestige” that comes from preparing for, and performing well in, other careers too often gives young and middle-aged women a distaste for homemaking, which is why many of these female professionals go back to work after giving birth.  As Mahaney points out, these are the lies our culture feeds us.

On the other hand, God is calling many faithful women, in accord with the words of Titus 2:3-5, back to the home.  Mrs. Mahaney writes to women:

. . . many of us will spend a considerable portion of our lives in the homemaking profession—from twenty or thirty to upwards of fifty years or more. That’s no small amount of time in one career.

Most importantly, our homemaking mission is from God. For the majority of you who may be married someday, you will be called to support a husband and together to lead and train your children in godliness. And your home is to be a place from which the gospel goes forth.

“But what about other professions?” you might ask.  “Aren’t those good, too?”  Carolyn responds:

Of course, it is not wrong to study for another career in addition to preparing for homemaking. The point is that we must not pursue any career to the neglect of training to be a homemaker. God has called us to be the keepers of the home; thus I want to urge you to give careful attention to your education for this profession.

Finally, Mahaney points out that the Bible calls the mother to be the primary teacher for this happy career:

Scripture says that the older women should teach the young women to be effective home managers and to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:3–5). As with all other aspects of biblical womanhood, it is the mother’s job to teach and the daughter’s job to learn.
. . .
We have the privilege of training our daughters to do what we love to do best—to be homemakers and world-changers for the gospel.

Amen! What a joy it is to see this in action every day in my own home! To God be the glory, great things He has done!

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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