About the Literary Lass

Hello, dear friends and viewers! My name is Joy, and I’m a young lady who loves the Lord Jesus very much, and desires to live to glorify God in all I do. I am learning daily to follow my Lord as He teaches me, and guides me on “the path of life”… and long to follow the path that He has laid out for me with joy in my heart, abiding in Him. I am not perfect by any means. I fail and falter but He has always been faithful, and I know He will always be in the future. He has filled my life with so many blessings and joys; a wonderful family, godly friends, and most of all a life in Him! He has saved me (a wretched sinner), by His amazing Grace, and made me His own. He is good. He is my Saviour, He is my Song.

I’m happily home-educated by my dear parents through an accredited Christian school, and have 3 wonderful sisters (SarahMary, and Grace) who are truly my best friends. I’m so blessed to have a godly family who love me and support me with their love, prayers and advice every day. My parents are my greatest spiritual role models. My sisters are my confidants and (though we have our silly arguments, bickering and fights), our bond of sisterhood is so very precious and we love each other so. The atmosphere of studying at home through distance education with my family is delightful, and I truly believe that is the best way to study, from home under the loving guidance of my parents.

My family and I live on a sunny little corner in the beautiful coast of the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia; and I really love it here. QLD is a beautiful state!!

One of my keenest interests, more like a passion, is writing, and I try to devote as much time to it as possible. Whether it be in blogging, writing a prayer in my diary, journaling, creating a short story for a competition, writing a poem, or working on one of my books, I love pouring out my soul and sharing my thoughts, imaginations and feelings on paper. It all started when I was twelve years old, when the idea first came to me to write a ‘story’ instead of play it (since I was growing too old for my small dollies anyhow!), and blossomed until it became a thing that has become part of my life. Right now, I’m writing my first historical novel, The Crown of Life, which is a fictional tale, set in Ancient Rome of a young Roman soldier, Valerius Gallus, along with his bride-to-be, Claudia, and their journey to knowing Christ. To learn more about it, click here. Besides that, I’ve written a bit of poetry, a short story entitled A Love that Never Fails, which I am right now expanding into a full-length novel, and have many ideas for potential stories swarming in my head which I’d like one day to lay down on paper. . .

What do I enjoy doing and what are my interests in general? Oh, good question! One that is kind of hard to explain due to how varied and wide my interests are. Though I fail often in this area, I love to spend time at my Abba Father’s feet in prayer and reading/studying His Word. I love playing the violin, singing and listening to music, spending time with my family and sisters in Christ, writing e-mails and letters to my friends;  my family and I have a strong burden for the suffering Church world-wide. One of the persecuted countries that is especially on my heart is Egypt. I love History, English Literature and Creative Writing and love to learn all I can about those subjects. It’s stimulating and I thoroughly enjoy discussing issues of faith, history, a little politics/philosophy, Christian theology and such with my parents and sisters (the best spot for that is at the dinner table by the way).

Mentioning my love of writing, follows that I am an avid reader and lover of books. I am a crazy book girl ;), who devours words and stories like water. Classics and devotionals are my favourite, but I am quite fond of the fantasy/fairy-tale/legend genre, as well as good ol’ mysteries, and well-written historical fiction. Some of my favourite authors would have to be Professor J.R.R. Tolkien (expect to see him pop up A LOT in my conversations), C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Gaskall, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rosemary Sutcliff, Patricia St. John and Anne Elisabeth Stengl. My general motto would be ‘the old is better’, but of course, you do pleasantly bump into exceptions now and again which makes me very happy.
Other stuff to know about me… I enjoy photography, as one who only can dabble in the business – I am such a beginner, but it is fun! I share photos in my posts here on Fullness of Joy, but you can view more photos on my photography blog: here. I used to draw a lot and spent a lot of time doing craft when I was younger, but as I’ve grown, new interests have arisen so I try to keep it only for when I need to illustrate an inventedMugpuddle from one of my stories…

I enjoy cooking and baking and sewing (homemaking in general), and organizing the house. I am generally not the practical one in my family – it used be hard to get myself home-industrious; however, almost out of necessity, it is now something I am learning to truly enjoy and treasure! Actually, I have much to learn right now, in my father’s house, many lessons and skills to develop, to become a Proverbs 31 wife and mother if it is His will and in the perfect time. Most of all however, my goal in life is to grow in the Lord Jesus, love Him more and glorify Him in my life; I long to become more and more like Christ, conforming to His image, from glory to glory.

My main blog is on joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com, so please come and visit me there! I pray you will be blessed in some small way through my little alcove in the blogsphere!

You will show me the path of life. In Your Presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

Beautiful People – J for Jane

‘…Jane is so sweet and thoughtful and unselfish!’
– Annie Hawthorne
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As pertaining to life lately, I have within the caveats of my brain a plethora of information varying between learning of the last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s ‘reform’ policies of glasnot andperestroika, reading bits and pieces about the Berlin Wall and the breaking up of Yugoslavia into so many republics, and realizing my history textbook is as ancient as myself (shocking); fiddling about with the techniques of a delightful ‘Spanish Tanz’ on the violin; snatching rare moments on long-car-drives to read in the beautiful‘Silmarillion’, soaking up precious moments with my dear parents and sisters and learning from them all the time and finally, loving and constantly listening to three new songs Song of the Lonely Mountain (from The Hobbit… which is such a delightful tune!), You Raise me Up, (by Josh Groban—a beautiful, encouraging Christian song) and  Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (from the Les Miserables musical—though I have not watched the movie yet or seen the musical—I’ve been listening to the movie song-tracks as well as the original London cast tracks and have been just.loving.it.so.much. This song in particular makes me feel like tearing up every time I hear it); Last of all, those evenings writing/sobbing out my heart in my journal as I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, thinking, thinking on life, friendships, heartache, long-ago history, my writing and God’s plan for each one of us and the battle and the struggle of every Christian every day… just silently crying ‘why, God, why?’… and realizing that He Himself cried the same thing on that old, dreaded Cross because of His love for me.
As pertaining to writing, I have been doing —despite the lack actual writing material to boast of– some mental work on ‘A Love that Never Fails’, especially on Jane which has proved both helpful and slightly bemusing and exhausting. So far all my main characters have been such hard nuts to crack, people like Valerius or Claudia, and now Jane, who simply dislike being put on the spotlight and fired at with prying questions. So unlike my secondary characters (i.e. Anthea or Flavius) who would simply beg the chance to spill out their deep-dark secrets and hopes and pains and fears to me any day! Not so with my heroes and heroines. Though they respond meekly (on most occasions) to life as they live it on the page, doing aBeautiful People for them is always a bit of a mental strain for me… asking life and death questions of them frighten them to silence. This is in a nutshell why it has taken me a while to post up a Beautiful People for the main character of A Love that Never Fails, Jane Wilson. The questions are not as in-depth as some, and neither are the answers, as I am still very much discovering who this precocious, unselfish and sweet young girl really is. I hope, nonetheless, that you enjoy this round of character exploration!
 
Jehovah has been gracious 
the meaning behind Jane’s name
What is her full name?
Jane Priscilla Wilson
Does she think inside herself more than she talks out loud to her friends? (more importantly, does she actually have friends?)
Jane is not a talkative-chatter-box. She is a quiet and thoughtful person, but she is also sociable and enjoys spending time with people. She would share her heart with those she loves, and at times even with those who’re not her friends, who just need her. She loves being friends with all whom she meets, and making them happy and putting a smile on their face. She is wonderful at listening to others. However, I think she thinks inside herself even more being disposed to the art of writing and the creative use of her imagination. 
Is there something she is afraid of? 
A thing that Jane is deeply afraid of is ever receiving a small yellow telegram from the army, informing her that her father might be dead or injured. Oh, and she is mortally terrified of crawling insects, particularly spiders. 
Does she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph? 
Since she was a wee little thing huddled by her Pappa’s chair near the fireplace, Jane used to scribble fantastical stories–half formed ideas and a wide imagination spun from the adventurous tales she played with her rag dolly, Polka Noel, and the books she ravenously read. Now at fourteen, Jane has written several short-stories and a little collection of poems, and is constantly working on her novel-in-progress whenever she can. And because her imaginations are so wild, she day-dreams herself into the stories she creates and writes as well–all of them archaic, emotional and dramatic. As to singing, dancing and or photographing, Jane would like to think she can sing beautifully because she loves to hum and sing a song any day, but her singing voice is not really that fabulous, just mellow and quiet. She and her parents never owned a camera and she has scarce few photos of herself or her family save one photo of her father and mother and herself taken by a friend when she was just a little toddler. That photo becomes one of her most favored possessions tucked inside her Grandmother’s Bible. 
What is her favourite book? (or genre of books) 
One thing that becomes obvious to anyone who spends less than ten minutes with Jane is that she is a dedicated reader and lover of literature  Her love of books, inherited from her professor father, is fierce and runs strong like fire in her blood. Jane will tell you it is quite impossible to choose her favourite book, because it would be like choosing your favourite child. But if she must choose a few favourites then she would pick:  John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ and ‘The Holy War’‘The Hobbit’ (published by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1937 a few years before the start of all of Jane’s adventures and a most treasured and dog-worn copy does she own), ‘Ben Hur’, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, and Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ just to name a few. Her most beloved and treasured book however is the Holy Bible. 
Who is her favorite author and/or someone that inspires her? 
Jane’s favourite author would probably be J.R.R. Tolkien. Jane looks up highly to Tolkien as a writer who lived and wrote during her growing up years and is an avid fan of his works as he writes them. She also has been greatly inspired by Charles Dickens and John Milton as other great authors. Those who inspire and encourage her the most though are her grandmother and father. Their life example, firm but gentle love and spiritual mentoring are a great part of what shape and mold Jane’s heart and personality within the first dozen or so years of her life. The memory of her late mother, Abigail Wilson, is something of a great inspiration and memory for her as well.
Favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Ice-cream is a very rare treat for Jane during the War Years, but if she could have a scoop of ice-cream a favourite flavor of hers would be strawberry and vanilla.
Favorite season of the year? 
The golden light and warmth of summer happens to be Jane’s most beloved season. She somewhat changes her opinion upon coming to Australia. In Australia, the crisp cold sky-blue and sunny weather of winter and the rain-filled, fresh days of spring are more in mood with her than the hot, stormy days of summer. However, she loves all of the seasons and finds a thing of joy and beauty in each differing season: summer, autumn, winter, spring… 
How old is she? 
Jane is both mature and young for her age all at once, and it would be hard to pin-point how old she really is. When you first meet her in ‘A Love that Never Fails’, you get to know her as a precocious fourteen year old, emerging out of her childhood into the realm of youth with all the responsibilities and mind-set of a young lady. However, she is still very much a child at heart, delighting in simple happy things as much as in the big and serious. 
Does she see the big picture or live in the moment? 
Jane is a contended girl, happy with the passing of each moment and treasuring them as they pass. However, she likes to see the big picture from time to time and rather impatiently longs to see what the years ahead for her will bring.
Is she a perfectionist? 
Not very. Jane is very diligent and efficient and sets out to do her best in whatever task she undertakes, but she is rather unaffected about the domestic aspects of perfectionism (makeup, fashion, etc). Her perfectionism comes in with her duties and chores, her school-work and in her writing, but rarely in the vanity of company or social etiquette. 
What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.) 
Jane has a lacy and round script and is pretty when she sets her mind to it. Her penmanship is not the best skill she possesses, but she works with an acute perseverance to better it. She is much better at using a type-writer.
Favorite animal? 
Jane fell in love with the iconic koala bear and rainbow lorikeets (a species of Australasian parrots) as soon as she was first introduced to them upon arriving in Australia. Her favourite animals though would have to be sheep and horses.
Does she have any siblings? How many? Where does she fit in?
Jane has no siblings of her own, but she is taken in by a foster family who have about half-a-dozen children. I do not have a fixed answer to the exact number of kids, their names and ages, but so far as it goes, it is like this: the eldest is Amelia and she’s around fifteen years old, then there is Dick who is twelve, Margret is seven, Jack and Jeremy are twins and are five years old and the youngest is Charlotte who is nearly a year old. Naturally, Jane fits in as the second-eldest, though her place in the family is not quite as ‘fixed’ as it sounds.
Does she have a ‘life verse’ and if so what is it? 
Throughout the seasons of her life, Jane treasures particular versus and passages in Scripture. But as alife verse, it has got to be 1 Corinthians 13: 8 ‘Love never fails.’ It is as simple as that. 
Where is she from? 
Though the exact location is yet to be discovered by me, I know that Jane was born in the English countryside but grew up in a quiet, pleasant suburb of London for most of her growing up years. Her great grandfather on her father’s side was Swedish and his mother had some Scottish blood in her. Jane’s own mother was half-German, but the rest of the family are mostly from England.
Any enemies? 
Perhaps the greatest enemy of Jane is the War itself. 
Does she play a musical instrument? If so, what? 
Jane’s mother, Abigail, was an accomplished and beautiful violinist. Before she died, she gave Jane as a special gift her old violin and wood-case. From the little she knows from her mother, Jane teaches herself the violin and it becomes one of her greatest joys to play upon its strings. 
What colour are her eyes? Hair? 
Jane has tawny golden hair, the colour of the inside of daises but not quite so yellow–more on the brown-flaxen shade. It is relatively straight and thick, but she brushes them into two plaits most of the time to keep them out of the way when she’s doing her chores or writing. When she turns fifteen, her foster mother is pretty adamant that she lets it go loose and curls it like Amelia does, which is a bit of a pain to Jane who can’t possibly be bothered with curling her hair every day. The shade of Jane’s eyes are a soft-evening blue, what Amelia calls ‘her one beauty’. 
If she could change one thing in her world, what would it be? 
I think it would be all the hate in the world around her, and the bitterness, and the fighting and wars, not just on a cosmic scale, but on the personal level between man and his fellow man. 
If your character could be played by any actor, who would it be? 
For long now, I’ve had an image of Jane Wilson within the fabric of my mind, based off two Pinterest pins, one shows Jane as a fourteen year old and another one when she’s nineteen: here and here. However, if I were to cast her for a movie, a few actors come to mind. For looks, Kimberley Nixon (who played Sofie Hutton in Cranford) would play a pretty good rendition of an older Jane and/or Amanda Seyfried too though I am not so sure how well they’d both fit into the role in the sense of personality, being more reserved and so pretty (Jane’s beauty is more of a muted, gentle one). Georgie Henley, though not possessing golden hair, would really be perfect for Jane in reference to her character. It is honestly a hard choice, but I think, Georgie Henley is best, despite slight differences in appearance (I mean, you can always dye brown hair to golden!).
Does your character have a specific theme song? 
Love Never Fails by David Haas is one song that basically reflects the whole thrust of Jane’s story. However, perhaps the most specific theme song for Jane is Jesus Love of my Soul by Charles Wesley.
‘Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh, receive my soul at last…
 
‘Jesus Thou, O Christ, art all I want,
More than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
Heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name,
Source of all true righteousness;
Thou art evermore the same,
Thou art full of truth and grace.’

The Virtue of the Ordinary

Here is a post I wrote on my main blog, Fullness of Joy, sometime ago…. hope you’re blessed by it!

 
What do you want to be when you’re grown up? 
The Sunday school teacher posed the well-known question asked of all kids, looking down at our eager little faces in front of her with a smile of her own. I was no more than six or seven years old, and my family and I, one Sunday, were attending a new church. I glanced at my sister, Mary, who was sitting down next to me, a bit upset because we both wanted to join the grown ups in the Church Service, but we both listened as the teacher told us what we were all going to do. She told us to write out on a paper what we’d like to be and do when we grew up as well as draw a picture showing us in our grown-up occupation.  All of the little kids started to talk, write and draw about what they wanted to be…  a Doctor, Teacher, Artist, Writer, Dancer, Fireman, Musician, Nurse, Policeman, Secretary, Pilot, Superman… everything and anything that would come across the minds of little kids really :). 
I believe the teacher turned to me and asked, What do you want to be, Joy?


I want to be a Mama!, I blurted without hesitation, fondly thinking how wonderful it would be to be just like my dear mother one day and have so many, many babies who would of course need to have their nappies changed and be fed, be taught their ABC’s, and cook dinner for “Daddy and children”, sew and knit, and dress up like a real lady :). Quite naive about life and being a mother, but sweet. Yes?
 
I can not remember the teacher’s reaction, but looking back on it now, I just smile… and realize, that, despite the nine or ten years since the day I said this, my response would not be different. I’d say, “I really want to be a published author, I’d like to get better in my music, and I’d enjoy teaching. I long to do and be what God wants me to be… and do what He has in plan for my life, glorying Him (whatever it will be). And, if it is the Lord’s will, I really, really hope that I can be a wife and mother one day!” Does that sound contradictory or wrong? Is being a wife and mother (one day if it be the Lord’s will) a secondary calling or mission for us girls, or do we realize that maybe it IS the calling that God is planning for many of us in the future? And if so, do we underestimate this calling? Are we preparing for it?

 
Some years ago (not too far back),  I used to think that I’d become a missionary like Amy Carmichael or Jim Elliot and bring many people to Christ in far-off distant lands in the Amazon Jungles, or go  to places like Iraq or India and help the poor there, teaching the illiterate children about Jesus. I wanted to follow God’s call in my life, and wondered if that was the best way. I really admired (and still do!) the sacrifical life and calling of those godly men and woman who gave up their all to spread the Gospel. In the last couple of years or so however, I’ve realized that you don’t have to be a missionary, and you don’t have to have special gifts of ministry to follow and do the mission and purpose that the Lord has for your life. It can simply mean being a wife, a mother or a daughter at home. Now, I realize that there are many women who are called to missionary life and/or singleness and you and I may be one of them. Despite the sacrifices for those called to a life of singleness and service, there is a true freedom in serving the Lord foremost, and not have to serve/be a help-meet to your husband, and care for a family.

But, I think, from what we see in God’s Word, the majority of women, are called to be wives, mothers and/or homemakers (i.e. Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Ruth, Esther, Abigail, Hannah, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Elizabeth…). Not to mention, many godly Christian woman of later History (i.e. Sarah Edwards). So with such a weighty list of great women of faith, I do not think we can lightly say that their roles as help-meets to their husbands, or mothers of men and women of God, was insignificant or not “God’s Call” in their lives. In the beginning, God created male and female, each unique and equal of worth, but distinctly different. I came across a paragraph from a post Rachel wrote on her blog, Covenant Maiden that says, “From the beginning of the world, woman’s place was clear: she was to be man’s helper.  Every woman is the help meet to her husband.  That is the definition of a wife. One flesh.  A husband and wife are to be joined together for life, both fulfilling their purpose in that life.  Man is the provider and bread-winner of the home (1 Timothy 5:8); woman is the keeper of the home (1 Timothy 5:14).  Each has their own individual responsibility and purpose ordained by God. (By the way, on this subject, Rachel Brown has a whole heap of thought-provoking posts which you may love to read!)

 
There is a verse that Sarah pointed out to me some time ago, while we were discussing this issue, in Titus 2:3-5, that really shows the Biblical plan and life mission God has for us women and girls, as daughters of the King, “…the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2: 3-5 NKJV . 
 
Dear sisters, this is a wonderful call that has been given to women! Let us not despise it! The life of a Christian, no matter how small, is an extraordinary life. If we serve our Lord Jesus and glorify Him with our hearts and lives, it doesn’t matter if it is simply raising a family (with all its struggles, sorrows and joys), it is a precious thing in the Lord’s eyes. I am reminded of a scene in the Lord of the Rings film (I think this may be in the extended edition, but I cannot be certain), where Eyown tells Aragorn that she’s been assigned to take care of the women and children in the siege of Helms Deep, and he tells her, “That is an honourable charge”. Eowyn indigently says, “To mind the children, to find food and bedding when the men return. What renown is there in that?” Aragorn replies, “My Lady, there may come a time for valor without renown.” How true this is! If you are called to be a wife, mother, a homemaker, you have a high calling.

 
The world has so wrongly made us believe that the family is not as important as a woman’s career and interests. And sadly, a lot of us have bought that message. We consider ministry more important than family, when often, the ministry God has given us, is our families! We mustn’t belittle a woman’s calling to raise a godly family and be a help-meet to her husband as a small, insignificant role to be despised and to be considered un-spiritual. It is often the little, mundane, ordinary things of life that are big in the eyes of God, and if we are faithful in those little things, we will be faithful in the big things. If we succeed in BIG things (ministry, and reaching the world with the Gospel), but fail at home, in being a wife, or mother or godly daughter then we have failed. Being a help-meet to your (future) husband, helping him in his life’s goals and calling is such an important thing. If you get married, your husband, and eventually your children will be your greatest earthly responsibility (above ministry, career, or personal interests). Your ministry will not necessarily be to preach the gospel to nations, but to minister the Gospel to your children, and train them in the fear of the Lord, and raise up a family for the kingdom. Your mission will be your husband’s mission, in helping and supporting him the calling that God would have in his life. Such a mission will include dreary things as well as simple joys… washing/drying dishes, preparing meals, doing the laundry, running a home… but these things are not to be despised. Isn’t there a verse that says, “For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zachariah 4:10). And Christ said this: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10)
 
Often Dad would tell me, “What is wrong with just being a wife or a mother, Joy?”, when I tell him (half-dejectedly) of some of my friends’ plans to do big and great things one day. God made us capable as women, mentally, physically and emotionally, to be the help-meets for our husbands, the homemakers of a home, and mothers to children; and this isn’t something bad. No, it is a lovely thing! In another post by Rachel, she says this about femininity and womanhood, “In a society where women are men and men are women, we don’t see motherly and wifely zeal.  Wives and mothers are no longer wives and mothers.  Instead, they are smokers, drunk drivers, and workmen all rolled into one.  They aren’t submissive unto man, and especially not unto God.  Most women don’t even know what femininity is.” (Rachel Brown in The Importance of Womanhood). 
 
So, I soon realized that really, being a homemaker, a mother, a wife, or a daughter at home and serving God in what I am doing as it is His will (whatever it may be!), is as important as any great mission! Here are the beautiful words of a part of a hymn by Kittie J. Suffield, “Little is Much When God is in It“.
 
“Does the place you’re called to labour
Seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.
 
“When the conflict here is ended,
And our race on earth is run,
He will say, if we are faithful,
“Welcome home, My child–well done.’
 
“Little is much, when God is in it!
Labour not for wealth or fame
There’s a crown–and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.”
But you might say, “I am not a wife yet, or a mother! What is my call now?” Your mission is to serve and live for the Lord, wherever He has put you in this time. Your call now is to be loving, submitting to your parents, and help them in the mission of their lives. Not only are your parents the ones who help you on your journey of growth, but you also are there to help them. You are called to be a godly example to your siblings and help them in their growing and learning. The way you treat and live with your father and mother, you will affect your future life and relationship with your husband and family. You can start from now, by preparing for the time when you become a help-meet to your husband and mother of your children. There are so many things to learn about how to care for a home and raise a family! I have to be honest, that I often fail to give enough time to nurture all these necessary things. We all fail and struggle in those things, but the Lord gives us His grace and teaches us both the small and the great. Now is a time, not to be wasted in idle dreaming and impatient waiting for “Prince Charming”, but to be really well-used, for God’s glory. It is a time to hone your skills. But most of all, it is a time to grow in your Christian life, to really grow in devotion to the Lord Jesus, as our Heavenly Bridegroom. This is also a time to develop intellectual and practical skills that you might not be able to hone when you’ve got a family of your own and are really busy. Personally, going off to college is not an option for me, and neither is having a job or career outside of home. But there are ways of studying university from home, learning and getting the higher education that will help you in the future, in your married life, helping your husband in his work and teaching your children. It can be a great help to your family later on, so I really think it is quite important. When you get married and have a family of your own, you simply won’t have that time. 
 
But, the most important thing of all is be faithful with the gifts and callings God has placed in your life, be they great and challenging or simple and homely. He has a great plan for all His children, and for many of us girls, it will most probably involve one day being a wife, a mother and a homemaker. These may seem like very ordinary callings, but when we really look at it, there is great virtue in the ordinary when God is in it. It is indeed an “honourable charge”.
 
If you are interested in reading more on this subject, you can read Rachel Brown’s full two posts that I’ve quoted here: The Duty of Daughters and here: The Importance of Womanhood

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