Raising a Homemaker – Q&A {part 2}

The second installment in a “series” of questions and answers clarifying what it means (and, perhaps, more accurately, what it does not mean) when I say I am raising a homemaker.

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What about college, and higher education?

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Although it is clearly stated here, in the interest of full disclosure, and to avoid any possible confusion, I will say it again.  Yes, I went to college.  (A wonderful, Christian, liberal arts college that, at this point in time, I would have no qualms about sending my daughter to.)  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree.  I even started work on a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (which I quit when my daughter was born).  And, I am so thankful for the education (both academic and spiritual) that I received.

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Did I “waste” the time, the money spent, the education itself, or the degree, because I am now “just” a homemaker? Absolutely not.

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My degree is in Biblical Studies, with an emphasis in Christian Education.  And, I have found it to be extremely useful in my everyday life as a (pastor’s) wife and (homeschooling) mother.  The Lord used my time at college, and this course of study, to increase my passion for His Word, to strengthen my desire to share His Truth with others, and to shape my worldview…strengthening, and laying the foundation for many of my convictions today!

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But, I expect that had I majored in business, or history, or science, many of the lessons learned from those disciplines would be equally useful as well.

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That being said…

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College is not out of the question.  I just do not believe that it has to be the only answer to that question.

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In some cases, though maybe not necessary, a college education (and degree) may be beneficial.  But, not in the sense of having something on which to fall back, should that worst-case-scenario come to pass.

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However, I do not think that it should be, nor does it need to be the ultimate focus and goal of my daughter’s education.

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We, as her parents, do not want to put her in a position to cultivate desires, or to pursue opportunities that will distract from or contradict Scripture’s calling for her, as a woman.

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And, yes, I realize that this is an extremely unpopular stance in today’s feminist culture.

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Coming up next…

But, what if marriage and/or a family is not God’s will or plan for her?

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Did you miss {part 1}?

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And, again, if you have additional questions that I do not cover here (or elsewhere), please feel free to ask – either in the comments, or by e-mail.  Honest questions and genuine curiosity are welcome.

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2 Responses to Raising a Homemaker – Q&A {part 2}

  1. Thanks so much Veronica for being bold enough to post this. I expect that you’ll come under fire from some of your readers who don’t fully understand how even in today’s culture, a womans calling is that same as it always has been. I went to the same college as you (you may rememeber me from our previous emails) and while I was there I remember wondering why I felt it so important to attend. I knew it was my parents will for me to go to college, and while it was obvious to me that God had led me there through quite a peculiar circumstance, I knew that I was going to use my education to better my homemaking skills in the future. I majored in education primarily because I knew I wanted to homeschool my future children. This degree along with the type of degree that you have are two of the only ones that I’ll be promoting for m daughter when she is faced with the decision to choose higher education or marriage. I often joke with my husband that in regards to this that we are going to be paying for one or the other, but not both. We joke about it now, but it will probably be true when that day comes. Thanks for sharing your worldview about the joys of being a homemaker! It truly is a blessing, and the rewards will be many!

  2. Hello Veronica,

    I found this post very encouraging after stumbling upon your blog through Feelin’ Feminine. I am a homeschool grad that earned my AA degree through Liberty University. I have done a lot of studying on the benefit of earning my BA, but don’t want to go into debt – mostly because of bringing that debt to a marriage. I am always interested in the opinions of women who have gone before in this area as I am speaking at a homeschool conference soon on college and career. Would you answer some questions about it if I emailed them to you?

    Thanks Veronica, and I love your blog! I’ll be linking.