Intentional Womanhood: I have seen this phrase around a lot lately and have been wondering what it meant. I did my homework, and found that it is talking about women striving to make their husbands and children their number one priority. They strive to keep their home warm and nurturing, a place that their family can truly call home, a place where they long to be. It’s all about creating a safe, loving environment.
Women that believe in Intentional Womanhood wear their badges of motherhood and wifedom with pride, not shame. They are not afraid to let anyone know that they have chosen these roles for themselves, no matter what society thinks of it. So often in our world today we are made to feel as though we need to be ashamed of our choices to stay at home, if that what we do, or feel regretful for returning to work, if that’s what we choose. Society would look down on us no matter what we do.
However, living with Intentional Womanhood means being brave enough to let go of others’ opinions. It means caring about your family and taking your worth from them. Don’t let anyone look down on you for the choices you make concerning your children or your marriage! We can all, each one of us, only do our best and pray at the end of the day that that is enough. There are days when I myself get down about still being in college. What guarantee do I have that I will find a career when my children are all in school?
Life is full of more doubt than guarantees, and particularly on the days when it feels like my children don’t listen to a thing I say or my husband comes home too exhausted to help with the kids, on those days I do question my choices. Like each of you there are times when I feel underappreciated and as though what I do doesn’t matter. When you feel this way, remember that these years are precious. Though some days may feel as though they last forever, your children will be grown before you know it. And while it may not seem like it now, they will remember the years you stayed at home with them, or the days you came home from work tired and stressed but loved on them anyway.
We’re all making sacrifices in our own way, and one day it will all be worth it. We have to hold on strong to our beliefs and not let anyone us hold us back from enjoying the fruits of our labor.