Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm a Stay-At-Home Daughter

I wasn't familiar with the term "stay-at-home daughter" up until about a year ago when I started reading Jasmine Baucham's blog, Joyfully at Home. Since then I have come to form my own ideals about what kind of daughter I want to be. As a young teen, I entertained the idea of going away to college. I thought about how much fun it would be to get away from home and be on my own. When I started reading Jasmine's blog and others like hers, I realized that the best place for me to be was home. This doesn't mean that I'm not going to get any education beyond high school. For me it means making home my priority and other things secondary.

A few months ago, as I was trying to decide what to do after high school, I decided that since I should be a stay-at-home daughter, I shouldn't pursue any form of college whatsoever. Really, that was just an excuse, because at the time I just wanted to be done with school and never have to do it again. There was a problem though. I thought I should just stay at home and help my mom around the house. I do help her around the house, but there simply isn't enough work to keep me from being idle.

Now I am planning on going to college next fall. Not to worry! It is a community college so I will be living at home. I will still help around the house as much as possible. I'll still take time to develop my homemaking skills. At the same time I will be learning at college. I don't think education is a waste for a young woman who hopes to be a homemaker someday. Any knowledge and wisdom you can get will serve you now and in the future.

Other ways for stay-at-home daughters to be productive are serving in your church, volunteering for good causes, getting a job and saving the money for your future expenses (wedding, house, car, etc.). This summer I hope to work at a Christian camp. Though I won't be at home then, I think it will be a good and profitable way to spend my time. Some of you may be planning on going to college or you already are. There is nothing wrong with that! I just feel like home is where God wants me to be at this time in my life.

Don't spend your days just living, going from one day to the next without any real purpose. Do something! Be productive and work hard for God's glory.

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