Another wonderful post from A Noble Calling Blog. I just had to share this one because, many people have misconstrued ideas about women who stay at home, especially stay at home moms. And being that I want to be a stay at home daughter I run into these misconceptions too.

Today we’ll be uncovering the misconceptions about staying home. The devil loves to tell people lies and that’s exactly what these are- LIES.

Misconception #1: You never leave the four walls of your home.  

One of the biggest lies that we are told is that if you choose to make your career and life work at home, then that’s exactly where you’ll be. All. The. Time. Unless you just have no sense at all, you know that this not at all true. Stay-at-home moms especially get comments about this. You can’t ever leave your house- you are chained to the kitchen sink. Whether you are a single daughter living at home, a wife that makes her house a home by being a homemaker, or a mom of one or many children, you DO get out. Grocery shopping, running errands, making appointments, church, other activities, or getting out just because you feel like it- you are not home all day, every day! You do know what it looks like outside your front door.

Misconception #2: You are lazy and don’t do anything.

Many, many, many wives and mothers who choose to obey God’s Word and be a keeper of their home have been told that they don’t do any work. Some are even told that they “haven’t worked a day in their lives”. First of all, that is a big, fat lie straight from the mouth of Satan. Please do not allow yourself to believe that. Second, have you ever observed the day of a homemaker? She is constantly on the go. When she wakes up, she hits the ground running. Laundry, dusting, vacuuming, cooking, teaching her kiddos, running errands, grocery shopping, bill paying, tending to her children. Those are just a few of the things that consume a wife and mother’s day.

Even if you are married and don’t have any children yet, you are busy. Keeping you home and being your husband’s helper is a full time job. Stay-at-home daughters’ days will look different in some ways and the same in others. She obviously doesn’t have all the responsibility of a wife and mother, but she is being educated in that role. She is being trained and her responsibility is to learn as much as she can. She helps with the housework, homeschooling her younger siblings, chef and baker, errand runner, and much more. No matter what anyone says or tells you, your job IS important. You are contributing something much bigger and greater to society than anyone who may be the C.E.O. of a large corporation and your value is worth much more than any 6-figure salary.

Misconception #3: You will never be able to find a husband.

If you have chosen to give up and forgo the “traditional” and expected route of college and career, you’ve probably been asked, “How do you expect to find a husband if you have given up those things?” First of all, I haven’t given up anything except for a worldly education and other things that aren’t going to help me in the long run. I have only gained. But that’s another post for another day. Second, I don’t have to worry about finding a husband. God has already chosen the one that I am to marry. He has each of us on a path that He has handpicked Himself. If God could create the Earth from nothing, provide a wife for Adam, and if He is faithful to keep all of His promises, then He is perfectly able to bring a guy into my life at His perfect timing and in His perfect way to become my husband. God is able.

Misconception #4: You’ll never make it in the world if you aren’t out in the world. 

My response to this is that I’ve seen the world and there is nothing it has that I desire. You do not have to be of the world to be in the world. As Christians we are called to be set apart. Set apart for Christ and His ways. We are not supposed to fit it. People think we’re weird, crazy, out of our minds. And, you know what? We’re okay with that! Jesus didn’t fit in and neither should we. And as far as not making it in the world: As long as we are following God’s will and plan for our lives, He is walking with us, leading us, showing us the way, protecting us the entire time.

Misconception #5: You won’t be prepared for the future. 

If you are a stay-at-home daughter, more than likely you’ve heard, “What happens if your husband gets sick and can’t work or if he passes away and you are left with a bunch of kids to provide for? How can you possibly be prepared for the future?” That’s a common thought. But my response is simple: God will provide. Period.

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Libby also does a Post on the misconceptions of homeschooling you can get that here: http://anoblecallingblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/uncovering-misconceptions-ll-part-2.html 

I don’t usually do movie reviews so I’ll keep this short. ;-) I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago and it was great!! Family-friendly, and a very interesting story plot. Also, the main character, Josh, played by Shane Harper wrote a song for this movie and I love it! You can listen to it here:

Another share from Libby at anoblecallingblog.blogspot.com

 

Everyone knows that God created male and female. He created the man different from the woman. But God also intended for men and woman to look different from each other. They are not to look the same.

In modern culture, there is such confusion between men and women. You have men wanting to look like women and women wanting to dress like men. It’s total madness. Dr. Rogers said, “Women are better than men at being women, and men are better than women at being men.”

As daughters of the King, we are to delight in our femininity. We are to rejoice in the way He created us. After all, we are His masterpieces!

Here are just a few verses to encourage you and to remind you just how much He loves and values you:

“So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.”
-Psalm 45:11
“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.”
-Psalm 139: 14
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I am awake, I am still with You.”
-Psalm 139: 17-18
Living It Out:I want to share a few practical ways that we can embrace and delight in our femininity:

To read what Libby shares click here.

 

 

This is a post from a blogging friend of mine, who blogs at http://anoblecallingblog.blogspot.com/ feel free to check out her blog. She’s got some good stuff! ;-)

 

Meet Kristen!

Today we have a special guest on the blog. I have enjoyed reading Kristen’s blog for several years now, and I have learned so much from her on marriage, relationships, family, biblical womanhood, and homemaking, among other things. You will be so encouraged by her words. Sit back and enjoy!

 

Kristen

 

Libby: Tell us a little about you and your family.

Kristen: My name is Kristen. I’m 28 years old. My husband, Grant, and I have been married for almost four years and we have two completely adorable children. :) We live in the state of Arkansas and we love being out in the country. We are very active in Church and various other ministries. Oh and I love chocolate. :)

Libby: What made you choose to stay at home until marriage?

Kristen: I never had a desire to go out and have a big career outside the home. I had a part-time job for several years before I married, and I gained a lot of experience. But ultimately, I had a desire to be a homemaker.

Libby: What were some of your favorite things about being home?

Kristen: Being together was my favorite thing. We did everything together, and I think that gave me an added love for home and family life. 

Libby: How did you serve your family then, and how does that carry over to your family now?

Kristen: Keeping a home running is a big job. It’s not just about cleaning the house. It’s maintaining the house and creating an atmosphere that people want to be in. From things like keeping the pantry stocked, managing money well, and unclogging toilets, to making your home cozy and inviting. And that’s before you get to serving your husband and nurturing your children! :) It’s a bigger job than people think. Growing up, I helped my mom and my dad with both inside and outside work which has benefited me in running my own home now. I helped with my younger sisters and that gave me good training for motherhood. I helped my mom a lot and from working side by side with her, I learned how to do a lot of day-to-day tasks. 

Too read the rest click here

Here’s a poem I wrote when I was 15. My inspiration was wanting to know that God is here and real, and growing deeper in my relationship with Him.

Your ambience is powerful

Your presence is moving

All Your children can sense You

All except one…

There is no neutrality.

Am I hot or cold?

Are You with me?

Or am I alone?

Assurance is a blessed thing.

I can’t quite grasp it.

Doubt continues to know me down.

And will You let me hit the ground?

Let me become like a child,

And You are my real imaginary friend.

I’ll believe in you though no one else will.

I’ll stand up for Your existence and power.

Believe despite your unbelief

Trust in spite of your skepticism

Have faith for what you hope for

 

Poem by Mekenna Earley

College

 

So here I am about to graduate. Finishing out my academics and moving on to adulthood. And the most frequently asked question has been and  will be…

  • Are you planning on going to college? :?:

 No.

Why?

I am not going to college for various reasons.  In my explanation of these reasons I have help from a very good book called So Much More authored by Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin. 

Unsafe

“For young women, college campuses have become dangerous places of ongoing anxiety, wasted years, mental defilement, and moral derangement. The wisdom and discernment they bring with them to the campuses are not strengthened, but taken from them.” Why leave the protection of my father’s home to a four-year life on a college campus with dangers unknown? Just sayin’ ;-)

“The College Experience”

“The modern college experience can help one succeed in a certain kind of artificial life that is independent of the Christian institutions of family, church, and limited biblical government.” In my opinion and in my case it is unnecessary for me to pursue a college degree. My “career” goal is to be a wife and mother. What will college teach me about being a wife and a mother that my own mother cannot teach me? 

“Many people have never thought of an alternative for the bright, gifted girl. Some think that an environment of debauchery is an necessary initiation for real life. Well, occasional brushes with danger do tend to strengthen character, but long term immersion in an environment of false religious ideas can destroy good character and does corrupt morality.” Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV) The world makes the “college experience” look so “awesome” but is it really? I’ve heard the testimonies of many who’ve gone to college and all the behind the scenes chaos. So if someone says, “Don’t you want to experience that college life?” Nah, I’m good. 8-)

Education

“An education can be defined as the training and shaping of the heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

“Christian women have a duty to be highly, highly educated… The right education can make a Christian woman a powerful asset to her father’s estate and an even more powerful co-ruler of her her husband’s estate after she marries. The wrong education can pollute her mind, corrupt her heart, and make her useless as a tool for God’s glory. The wrong education can lead a young woman away from the blessings God may otherwise have bestowed on her…We are referring to the kind of education that makes us useful to God, in contrast to the schooling that makes a pupil useful to the State.” 

“Anything which affects our worldview and affections–in fact, anything which influences our hearts, souls, minds, or strength–is educational, whether for good or for evil. And this means that all education is inescapably religious.” 

Financial

I know that there are scholarships out there, but unless I get a full scholarship I’ll still have to cover the rest. “Just get a loan!” people say. I think not!! The Bible says, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7 ESV) I do not intend to get myself in debt to pursue a degree which amounts up to just a piece of paper in the end. There’s nothing wrong with pursuing higher education, but I am choosing to not to go about it the world’s way.

Going Against the Current

It has been ingrained into the minds of Americans that as soon as you finish high school it’s off to college! But wait a minute! Let’s back up here, who established that rule? As a Christian I want to take my commands on where to go and when to go in life from God, not the culture. Take a look at this Scripture.

“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.” (Jeremiah 29:5-6 ESV)  When I read this Scripture it enforces my desire not to go to college even more because I feel like all the other unnecessary things that the world tries to make you feel like you have do is so complicated. This Scripture helps me to remember that life can be simple. 

Welp, those are my reasons for not desiring to go to college. I’m not saying going to college makes you a child of the Devil. I’m just choosing to take the road less glorified. Thanks for reading!

~Mekenna :-D

First snow in January: excited-baby gif

Second snow in February:eh-okay face gif

Third snow in March:seriously face gif

I am really getting tired of winter. Spring is taking waaaaaaayyyy too long to get here.  But I’m grateful that the Lord has allowed me to wake up to see each snow.  So Lord I’ll wait on Your good time for:

Your sun to bring warmth to the frigid waters,sunrise gif

Your touch to cause the flowers to bloom,

Flower bloom gif

And Your hand to green the grass again.

greengrass

I’ll wait patiently for You Creator of all to turn winter into spring.

winter2spring

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