31 Days Of Femininity: Being feminine versus feminist
The feminist movement has been extremely successful in convincing women that they can have it all. Here is a current scenario that is not unusual for today's successful business woman:
*Graduate high school
*Go to a four year college to get a degree.
*Find a successful job that has potential to help them climb the corporate ladder.
*In their late twenties after having a career underway, they end up getting married.
*For several years they might travel, work hard, buy a great house and have two nice vehicles.
*Now they are financially secure enough to think about having children. They are in their mid thirties, and start trying, only to discover that getting pregnant later in life can be difficult.
*They have two children.
That is the "ideal" life for todays young women. Interesting enough though I have been reading more and more news articles on how women are giving it all up, quitting their successful jobs once they have their baby, because they realize it just doesn't matter as much as raising their child.
The Lord has clearly laid out for us what the life of a godly woman should look like.
In Titus 2:3-5 it says:
"The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
That is quite a different lifestyle than the feminist movement strives for! As feminine women, we can be confident in our role of being a keeper at home, and not let the world make us feel guilty for not having a self seeking career outside the home. I know many moms who have businesses from home, help their husbands with their own self employed business, run an Etsy store, or having their own website. It's not that having a job is problem but your spirit in having the job. Is it a part of caring for your family and home, or a career that gives you a completely separate self-worth and motivation in life during your family raising years?
Obviously, I own a business and run it from home. I run it amidst homeschooling, being pregnant with our fifth baby, and my husband currently working full time and going to college full time. I do it because I want to help our family. We have dreams and goals to reach as family and this is one way I can help out. But I don't own my business to fulfill a desire to have a job. Honestly I feel like having four (almost five) children, and homeschooling is a full time job in itself! So whatever your days look like, don't let the world make you feel less of yourself because you are not out pursuing that professional career. If you have no choice but to be working outside the home be assured that God sees the desires of your heart to care for your family.
Many times being feminine means we are not as popular. Our name may not be written in all the history books, though our children might make us famous in lives by singing our praises when they are grown.
"All that I am, or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother" Abraham Lincoln.
The value of a feminine woman who loves her God given value, who loves her husband, children and her home, cannot have a price tag put on her. She is priceless, and rare to find.