During the past couple of months, I have begun formal mentoring of a number of mothers of young children eager to be prepared to fulfill their callings in the lives of their families. I’ve outlined some reading for them to do, assigned some brief summary papers for them to write, along with conducting internet chats for comments, questions, and discussion as to how to apply the material to their everyday life. Contrary to the negative perspectives of modern culture, women who stay at home to manage their households, support their husbands in their callings, and oversee the education of their children are godly, living examples of the Proverbs 31 wife and mother. The purpose of the mentoring I am providing is to help them excel in their callings.
The more that Christian women embrace the Proverbs 31 model, the more their light will shine as a living witness to the high calling of wife and mother. Their faithfulness will serve to demonstrate to those who have bought into the lie that only a professional career validates women, that the really important work is the preparation and rearing of the next generation, thereby building the Kingdom of God.
Those of us who have travelled this road for decades and those who are just starting out can continue to challenge the distorted views of women in our culture and provide inspiration to the many young ladies who are making choices for their future. In short, we need to be as contagious as the flu, entering into the lives of those around us, not for harm, but to demonstrate that obedience regarding looking well to the ways of our households has benefits that supersede our individual lives.
If you’d like to explore this mentoring program write me at [email protected].
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, the Chalcedon podcast, and has an active teaching schedule with women and high schooled students.. She can be reached at [email protected].