7 Things Your Daughter Should See You Doing, Part II
Happy Thursday! If you’re just tuning in, this is part two of yesterday’s post 7 Things Your Daughter Should See You Doing, which you can read here if you missed it. If you’re all caught up, then let’s pick up where we left off – with number five:
5. Working. As a stay at home mom, I can attest to the fact that working is not limited to sitting behind a desk between the hours of 9 and 5 – and Proverbs 31 shows us this too. In the passage, there’s no shortage of references to the Virtuous Woman’s work ethic: she finds wool and flax and busily spins it (v.13); she gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household (v.15); she is a hard worker (v17); she makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamps burns late into the night (v18); her hands are busy spinning thread; her fingers twisting fiber (v19); she makes her own bedspreads (v. 22); she makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants (v. 24). The woman puts in work! As should we. Whether we’re taking care of home, working for someone else outside the home, or tackling our own entrepreneurial ventures, we should demonstrate an unquestionable work ethic that our daughters can see and imitate even in their earliest years.
6. Learning. Who says learning has to stop with formal education? Who says it has to stop when you reach a certain age? As long as there is new information being made available to us every day, as long as we are hungry for knowledge, then our opportunities for learning will be endless. Proverbs 1:5 says, The wise will hear and increase their learning.” If you have a desire to go back to school and it works for you and your family, do it. But if that’s not your thing, find something, some way to improve yourself. Learn a new skill; and while you’re at it, learn one that will help you earn some extra income. Enroll in personal enrichment classes at your local community college or pick up a new hobby like jewelry making or cake decorating with classes at craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. And if nothing else, head to your local library which is full of free information and ideas. There’s too much information out there for you to stop learning. If the idea of learning something new frightens you, find something you and your daughter can learn together.
7. What you love. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you know that my goal is to encourage women to pursue godly standards that produce passion-filled marriages that inspire others. Being a Virtuous Woman is about more than just being a phenomenal wife. It’s about finding and nurturing your passion. Find what excites you, what makes you thrive. Find the thing you can’t stop talking about and can’t stop dreaming about. Find it. And do it. I was probably 12 years old when I discovered my passion for writing. It didn’t matter if it was poetry, or an essay, there was just something I loved about being able to bring people into my world with words, and being able to change worlds with words. More than 20 years later, I’m still doing what I love, and I’m doing it with all my might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Why? I’m doing it because it’s what brings me joy, and because I want my girls (and you) to know that even your passions can be used to bring God glory. Do what you love.
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