Occupation Homemaker

On one of these past days while opening a bank account…

What’s your occupation?

Homemaker.

Homemaker?

Yes.

Honestly? I take pride in my role and I really appreciate it whenever a bank clerk, or any other employee who is asking me about my job, accepts my answer without any further comment.

Have you ever thought about taking a job to earn a little extra income?

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that before. It will usually follow a comment I have made about my husband working so hard lately or about my wish to buy something expensive. Depending on who is asking me that question I feel more or less capable to answer it — and more or less hurt by it.

Yes, it isn’t always practicable for us women to stay at home full-time. Some circumstances will demand for us to get an outside job. I understand. I’ve been there. Having said that, though, I believe that, God’s Word asks us to become keepers at home who are baking, cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, keeping finances in order, taking care of family business, teaching and watching over our children, and, most of all, supporting our own husbands. Imagine all the work we can accomplish every day. Most of the people out there could not afford to pay us a salary fit for all the different jobs done by us. The household is well looked after. We take control of our days and adjust our schedule accordingly.

No, the world cannot look down on us and our occupation. We are well equipped for most tasks and are saving our family time and money. In fact, as soon as time allows, we can build a home-based business using the gifts God has given us to supply an additional income. Why would we go for anything less than managing and marketing our homemade products at our own convenience instead? Why should we want to commit to work at a corporation that is outside the familiarity of our homes? It will demand more of our time, asking us to work flexible hours, not showing any sympathy toward our love for our family, forcing us to neglect important things and people, e.g. the time our family needs us at home.

And it’s not just the time spent, it’s also all the extra money we will have to invest for more and special kind of clothing and makeup or for running a car. How many times will we, instead of cooking the meal, spend a good deal of our income on fast-food and prepared dinners?

If you are a stay at home wife, have you been asked before how come you are not working and earning money to help with the family income? How do you answer these kind of questions?

About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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