FAITH IN GOD’S DESIGN FOR THE FAMILY
Growing up, I always envisioned myself to be a career woman, with all its prestige and glory. However, upon becoming a believer and a follower of God, a sudden shift took place in all my dreams and aspirations. As time passed, I realize that my longings have changed: I now longed to have a husband who will honor my desire to take care of him, our children, and our home. This does not mean my previous desire was wrong in any way, it just means that God forms and changes our yearnings as we follow Him.
God is tremendously gracious as He answered my prayer for a husband through Joey. A Christian himself, Joey grew up with a mother who took care of him and his siblings. Both his parents were intentional in molding their children’s characters in becoming upright, godly men by the grace of Jesus Christ. It is wonderful to see how successful they were in raising their children, which I admired greatly. Without any hesitations, Joey and I, also wanted to honor God’s design for marriage, wherein the husband provides for the family, as the wife takes care of the home.
In reference to the husbands, 1 Timothy 5:8 says, Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. And in Titus 2:4-5 addressed to the wives it says, “…and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” These two verses are great reminders of the roles God has set for us in the family life.
I know that times have changed, because it has become a constant struggle for me to keep explaining why we chose this path for our family. Why must I continually be pressured to defend my position in choosing to be a housewife? Does the current norm today dictate that I am any less of a woman because I choose to stay at home and care for my child?
Generally speaking, humans are incapable of feeling contentment. We always strive for more, aiming for greater gain. But, if you have Jesus in your heart, He gives you peace. This peace enables us to find joy in all things that He has planned in advance for our lives. And that includes both comfort and difficulties, to make us better individuals who fully depend on Him.
Almost four years into our marriage, up to this writing, God has exceedingly faithful in giving us more than what we actually need and deserve. Our lives truly are living testimonies of His grace and abounding love. Everyday, we choose to obey Him. Contrary to what people think, living the Christian life is very simple, we just trust that God will provide all our needs simply because of who He is, and it is in knowing Him this way that we faithfully and prayerfully obey. We live each day one day at a time, believing that no matter how much financial security you may have in this lifetime, it will be all worthless in eternity without God. He looks at the heart and He delights to bless His children.
Now, being a mother myself, discipling our daughter is one of the greatest blessings God has given me. The privilege He has entrusted me, to bring my child up in the love and fear of the Lord, has been one of the many motivations I hold on to each day. It is indeed a reward from Him that we are now reaping what we have sown – a life that is focused on Him and a family that honors Him.
Ams Macaraeg is a full time housewife, who personally takes care of her husband and daughter. She is a committed servant to the Lord, and uses her blog to share the gospel to her extended family, friends, and people all over the world.
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