Working women do cook
|The Dairy Maid by Vermeer|
There is nothing that annoys me more that the myth that working women don't cook or clean as they are too busy/rushed or have other commitments. I have worked with many men and women and I yet to find one that doesn't cook and I mean cook from scratch -- using fresh fruit and vegetables and basic ingredients. Not only do we cook from scratch, we visit the markets and look for the healthy ingredients (not a quick dash into the supermarket) and put some thought into what we eat. And I have enjoy many a morning tea at work with a lovely cake or slice that was handmade the night before.
I could equally say that SAHM's watch TV all day -- and no doubt I could find some that do, but I know that this is not correct for the large majority. Like you, am the keeper of my home and I take very good care of my family when it comes to what they eat. I take my role very seriosuly and put a lot of effort into making sure it all runs smoothly. And I am not alone with this at all.
And we also clean -- some may have cleaners, I don't -- but we do live in clean homes. We all have different methods of how we do our cleaning, but it gets done.To be honest, it isn't hard work, but sometimes it feels like drugdery, but I keep on going with a smile and like the Proverbs 31 lady, "She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms" and with that strength, anything is possible.
Its all about balance. Working women can do both jobs, I know not everyone believes me, but I have both witnessed it and doing it. My mother was able to work as a teacher and care for us. Now that I am older, I truly admire her ability to do this and so thankful that she has past on these skills to me. At no stage when I was growing did I feel that we were neglected, unfed or not getting enough attention. We all pulled our weight (I think my brothers would say they pulled a little more!!) and things all got done. And we didn't work on Sundays as that was set aside as the Lords Day.
However, for any woman, at home or at work -- employment (or home based activities) are secondary to our true calling—the stewardship of our husband, children, and home. Women's employment must not be all consuming. Likewise a woman at home spending hours sewing, doing charity work or other activities can be also be consumed -- we all must use our time wisely and for the benefit of our families.
The Bible nowhere forbids a woman from working outside the home. However, the Bible does teach what a woman’s priorities ougth to be. If working outside the home causes a woman to neglect her children and husband, then it is unwise for that woman to continue to work outside the home. However, if a Christian lady can work outside the home and still provide a loving, caring environment for her husband and children, then it is perfectly acceptable for her to work outside the home. However, all that we do, we do for the glory of God and not man.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
**This is a controversial topic and I hope I have not offended anyone. I am only doing what the Lord has asked me to do and I am doing it to the best of my ability. My husband and adult children love me and give me their full support -- what more could I ask for? **