This goes out to all of the moms who went to school and now choose to stay at home!
1 – A degree is an experience. You’re the mom, the wife, the woman, and the believer you are because you chose to work hard for years to love the Lord your God with all your mind. And it’s holistic—you educated your heart, your body, your hands, your social skills. Higher education is an opportunity available to a very small percentage of people in the word. It is a gift and a blessing. We’ve been blessed so we can bless others! That means your kids, your husband, your church, and endless other possibilities.
[verse reference=”Proverbs 31:11-12″]The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. [/verse]
2 – It is a good thing when we have educated people discipling and educating the next generation. In fact, your professors and your child’s teachers teach young people, as you do. We don’t think their degrees are worthless.
[verse reference=”Proverbs 31:26″]She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.[/verse]
3 – Aside from God’s sovereignty, would you be where you are now if you didn’t go to school? I met my husband in college, as I’m guessing a lot of you did. And college led to further life experiences that were clearly in God’s plan for me. Many of you got away from home and made a lot of life decisions as you changed. Many of you worked long hours and/or accrued personal debt to invest in something you thought was valuable, however intangible.
[verse reference=”Proverbs 31:25″]Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. [/verse]
4 – You are doing one of the most valuable jobs in the world! You don’t need a degree. But why wouldn’t you want yours? We educate our own daughters to hone their God-given skills and abilities into assets for the world around them. Billions of tax dollars are poured into this, and they are well worth it.
[verse reference=”Proverbs 31:17-18″]She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night. [/verse]
5 – You will likely not be a stay-at-home mom forever, and you are not a stay-at-home mom only. Yours is an honored role! But you do other things as well. Your degree makes you an asset as a wise steward in and of your family and its resources. You benefit society on your own and by raising strong children. You are equipped for further ministry now and when your children leave home.
[verse reference=”Proverbs 31:13, 16, 24″]She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen.[/verse]
P.S. Guess what Scripture passage I studied in college?
Janel Breitenstein graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University and began her career with NavPress, where she worked on The Message Bible. After having four children she resumed her professional career (around her momlife) by serving as a writer for FamilyLife. In January of 2012 Janel and her husband, John, packed up their family of six and moved to Uganda to serve with Engineering Ministries International (eMi), an organization that focuses on poverty relief and development, providing structural design and construction management for Christian organizations in the third world. Join us as we all learn first hand, through Janel’s posts, what it’s like to go from suburban America, to answer God’s call in Africa!