I am proud of my life now. I retired from a paying job but I am more active than ever in engaging in real life. I know it sounds trite, but I do think I have the most important job now as a wife and a mother. And, in all fairness, I am far from a natural. I try hard every day to be better … Continue reading MercatorNet: From Wall Street hot shot to wife and mother
It’s a common refrain, isn’t it? We see a young couple enjoying the newlywed life and through laughter encourage them to get their life in order before they have kids, because we all know kids change everything. Or we meet a soon-to-be college graduate, with a promising career ahead of her, and lightly chasten her to start her career before she thinks about settling down … Continue reading The “It Can Wait” Phenomenon
[Editor’s Note: Grateful for this article. If we prepare ourselves for being keepers of our homes and families we’ll have the opportunity to disciple and educate our children as well. Much of what we regularly outsource can be done by us. Outsourcing our labors can also be turned into home businesses and family economies where children will learn a business and work ethic along side … Continue reading Sociologist Becomes Stay-At-Home Mom
Two jobs in one household just isn’t cutting it. After paying federal and state income tax, and social security, reducing taxes in a vary limited fashion as an employee, deducting from the second income work related expenses, ie the cost of the second car, travel, day care (which can offer a tax credit), work wardrobe, eating out, etc. which all adds up pretty quickly, the … Continue reading Getting Back Home: Practical Financial Steps
Humanity’s natural preference is deplored by unsympathetic economists With the narrowness of mind for which they are so justly famous, economists are worrying that Canada and the U.S. are falling behind other developed countries in the degree to which women work outside the home. Preferring instead to bear and rear children, these women are seen as reducing their countries’ measurable economic production (GDP) while also … Continue reading Oh no! Workplace moms are quitting to raise kids!
There is a lot of concern about the future in American, especially for the sake of future generations. For all the difficulties our culture presents us it seems impossible to fathom accomplishing all that goes into building a solid viable family structure that will allow us to influence and disciple the next generation as well as our communities and as far as our influence will reach.
How it possible to shift from utilizing government schools to home education? How is it possible for mothers to be free to come home and start building a unified and solid family-centered economy? These are questions that have been asked again and again. And here we have the very example of how all of this is accomplished coming to us all the way from Africa.
For the most part the answer is “It happens a little bit at a time.” Our spare hours become some of the most important. Being in community where families can disciple one another is important. Encouraging one another in the love and faithfulness to Christ, is as important as is our experience, our wisdom, our vision, and our practical skills. A love for learning will open vistas to us which we had not seen before. The beginning and the end of this journey will be bookended in hope. Hope to set out, leaving our comfort zone, trying something new, learning what and who to trust, and rounding out our understanding of where provision truly comes from. And the ending will be our glory story filled with greater hope as a reward for faithfulness, enjoying renewed strength, greater confidence, higher aptitudes, wiser perspectives, and vision for a future filled and fueled by hope. Continue reading “Hope for the Proverbs 31 Business Woman”
I think everyone knows and understands there is no such entity as a “Christian business.” A business is a corporation, partnership, or proprietorship. Yet a business may reflect the values of the principal owners and managers. It is these values that determine whether or not a business is labeled Christian or non-Christian. We are told in James 1:22 to be “doers” of the Word. A … Continue reading What is a Christian Business?
Photo credit: Dinkel / Foter.com / CC BY It is not always a lack of money that creates financial pressure. Many times it is simply a matter of attitude. If there is a right attitude toward money, freedom from financial bondage can be assured. God did not say that money and material things were problems; money is neither good nor bad. It is the use … Continue reading Finding Financial Freedom
“Well, we couldn’t have much worse weather than this for the last week of school, could we?” Margaret Paget said in discouragement. She stood at one of the school windows, her hands thrust deep in her coat pockets for warmth, her eyes following the whirling course of the storm that howled outside. The day had commenced with snow, but now, at twelve o’clock, the rain … Continue reading Mother
One of the great misconceptions about stay-at-home women is that they are inhibited or enslaved by their home. Realistically, nothing could be farther from the truth. Instead, being home gives women the freedom to exercise their diverse set of gifts and opportunities, orchestrating them to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of their families. When I worked outside the home, I was in bondage to someone … Continue reading Making Money From Home: Following the Proverbs 31 Model