Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Invisible Hope Chest

I was recently discussing with some dear friends the subject of stay-at-home-daughters and time.  We talked about all the things we hope to learn and skills we want to have before entering marriage.  Beyond the basic skills of cleaning the home, caring for children, sewing, cooking wholesome meals and decorating cakes, there is a vast world of other useful skills that stay-at-home-daughters have time to learn.

As young women not yet married, we have the responsibility to become as well-rounded and useful as we can be.  Right now you probably don't have the full care of running the home—this is an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for the rest of your life.  The more helpful skills we acquire, the more useful, the more of a blessing we will be to our future husbands and families.

Think of these skills as an Invisible Hope Chest.

Your husband could have any kind of job: mechanic, business owner, economics professor, etc.—are you studied in many areas to be able to help him in whatever his calling may be?  Your family may someday have special diet issues—would you know enough about nutrition to accommodate those needs?  Could you start a homestead or home business from scratch and live self-sufficiently?  Do you plan to home-educate your children?  Are you collecting excellent books for them to read?  How do you plan to raise them to become God-fearing and useful men and women?

There is a host of other things to learn as well.  Systematic theology (there's enough there to keep you constantly in awe for the rest of your life!), finances and banking, how to keep everything in the home running smoothly together, history, English, a foreign language, herbal medicine, science, home birth, and even some carpentry skills will be found quite useful.  And how are your communication skills?

How are you filling your invisible hope chest?  Perhaps you haven't started on it yet, but what would you like to fill it with?


Mrs. Trixi said...

I love this post and that site.

As you may know our oldest just graduated our homeschool and her desire is to be a wife and mother. She will be at home until God so provides. In the meantime my honey has some required reading for her this summer.

What He Must Be.....If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham

Preaparing to Be a Helpmeet by Debi Pearl(both girls are reading)

Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity by Sarah Stephen and Grace Mally

Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

Excellent post! The true homekeeper is a well-rounded woman. We should be training our daughters toward that end.
Blessings to you,


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Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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