Monday April 9, 2007

     I am sure that to the outside world my life as a Christian wife, homeschooling mom, and homemaker seems to be a life full of dreary sameness.  Women who define their roles outside of Scripture just don’t get it, and I’m not sure that they ever will.  However, to be accused of having no hopes, no dreams and to be lacking in passion (intense enthusiasm for something: a keen interest in a particular subject or activity) just doesn’t sit well with me. You see, when I write an article about something I am passionate about, I am then called a zealot (somebody who shows excessive enthusiasm for a cause, particularly a religious cause).  How can I be ridiculed for lacking passion and ridiculed for displaying the same thing?

     I am passionate about many things in my life – my love for my Savior, homeschooling, raising my children to be followers of Christ, protection of constitutional rights for everyone (including Christians), the Word of God, books and building our home library, keeping my home, protecting the purity of my children….. the list could go on, but I am sure that you get the idea.  I am passionate/zealous for a rather wide variety of things!  There is, of course, a second meaning for passion.  I will assure my detractors that, while I do not write openly about this part of my life and marriage, there is indeed, passion there, too.

     I also want to say that I do not lack hopes, dreams or even ambition.  Despite the fact that I am now 50 years old, there are still very many things that I hope to accomplish.  I do still have dreams that I would like to see come to fruition.  As far as being ambitious, I’m afraid that my ambition is frequently far greater than my ability!  This does not discourage me!  In fact, it just gives me more determination to gather up the pieces and work on putting them back together again.  My hopes are my own, as are my dreams and my ambitions.  They may be similar to those of you who share my faith and my passions; but they would not be the same, nor would they be likely to even appeal to those of you who do not.

     My hopes, dreams, ambitions and passions are all formed from what I see as a holy and high calling to biblical womanhood.  Because of this view, most of my goals are, by nature, going to be long-term.  In fact, some of them will bear no earthly rewards, but instead they will garner eternal rewards.  Those things that I obtain in this life, no matter how dearly I may love them, will one day be dust.  Therefore, I do not strive for riches, nor do I strive for man’s praise.  I seek one thing and one thing only, and that is, at the end of this life, to receive the eternal reward He has for me.

     Please be assured, that my calling to biblical womanhood does not make my life oppressed, or dull, or lacking in hope.  On the contrary!!  My life is one of daily blessing and joy.  My marriage is based on a deep, committed love that will last a lifetime.  I am daily forging relationships with my children, and pour my hours into their training, education and nurture.  My days are filled to the brim with tasks that I find pleasant.  I have found contentment (a feeling of calm satisfaction) in my daily tasks.  There is nothing wrong with contentment!!  Calm satisfaction at the end of a day’s work is a reward in and of itself!  Striving and clamoring after the things of this world or the praises of men does not appeal to me.  Been there and done that, and no thanks!

     I am a dreamer, sometimes to my own detriment.  I am ambitious.  I have hopes.  More importantly, I still have a true hope in Christ!  And passionate?  You bet! In fact, you might even sometimes consider me zealous!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your households!
Proverbs 31:27

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