The Blessings of Working in the Home!

One of the joys of fall has been the start of a more structured schedule. I very much enjoy teaching and having the opportunity to work with my students and help them develop a love for creating beautiful music.
My dad has always encouraged us to develop skills that we can use
to make some income from the home. It is always a wise idea to learn skills you can use now and in the future. Here are just some possible ideas of ways to make income from the home.
One idea would be to teach an instrument that you play. My oldest sister was once asked to teach an instrument that she did not play and she taught it! People are always in need of child care. Use this opportunity to teach them the Bible while you are at it! If you are good at art, there are endless possibilities. Developing a love and skill at photography is another great idea.
People always need their homes cleaned, pet's watched and ironing caught up. (Tara had an ironing business for a while.) Cake decorating and cooking are other ideas. Wow! The possibilities are endless!
It is always an extra blessing to really enjoy what you do. Throw yourself into it wholeheartedly!!! (I love to sing along with my students as they play and encourage them as they progress!)

I have known this cute little girl ever since she was a little tot! :-) I pray I can really invest in and make a difference in her life.


Psalm 150

1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

11 comments:

Keilah said...

Amen!

Lauren said...

How wonderful to see a like-minded visionary music teacher! I also believe that music teaching can be more than simply scales and songs--it can be investing in and caring for another! Thanks for the wonderful ideas and encouragement!

~Miss Raquel said...

Just an encouraging word from a fellow piano teacher. :) It looks like you truly enjoy your students...they've gotten one of the best teachers, I'm sure. :)
Blessings,
~Miss Raquel

Dear Daughters of Vision,
I just want to thank you so much for your wonderful ministry! It has meant so much to me and helped me so much! The Lord is truly at work through your blog.
I found your blog one night and have truly been blessed ever since finding it. I just wanted to share with you why it has meant so much to me.
Last Summer, at 23 years of age, I finished college and moved back home with my parents. From my first day in college I have always had the goal of getting married and being a stay at home mom. I always knew I would be married by the end of college and would not need to fully prepare for a career in college (just get a degree)…so I didn’t. During college I developed a love of art, sewing and any kind of craft I could learn. I started a business selling things online and always thought….I will get married before finishing college and have children and do my online business! That was my goal. Well, college came and went and I still have my small business…but no husband and certainly no children.
After moving home, I continued doing my art business and my Father encouraged me to keep doing my at home business even if I wasn’t making as much money as my classmates who were in the 9-5 workplace. I loved working from home and helping my mom with errands and taking care of my grandmother at her nursing home. But, every day I was asked the same question by people I knew, “So now that you are done with school, what are you going to do now?” It came every day from everyone. Over and over and over again. I so longed to tell them I wanted to be a stay at home/ homeschooling mom, but I never had enough courage because I knew they would think I was crazy when most women have jobs. I finally had enough courage to say “I want to be a stay at home/work at home/ homeschooling mom” and as sure as I had thought, people seemed to look at me like I had told them a flying saucer was about to land. I have only had one dear Christian woman tell me she was proud of me for wanting to do that and encouraged me to be a homeschooling mom and daughter of God. I finally got so discouraged, I decided to look at graduate schools to work on my masters degree and look at law schools to become an attorney. I was so fed up with sitting at home listening to my friends tell me about their new fortune 500 and Slumberger jobs in Houston and people asking me what I was going to do that I decided to get law school applications and start applying. Yesterday I spoke with a Law School Admission Dean. Although they were so excited to speak with me and happy I might be attending there, I came home feeling more empty than when I had left. I thought, “Will I ever be happy JUST doing this little home business and serving you Lord?” Tonight while I was doing my bible reading I just kept asking God to show me where and what he wanted me to do. I felt so overwhelmed with the secular feelings of being an inadequate woman in today’s society. I kept thinking, “Lord, if I just had a full time Job and worked for a company from 9 to 5 everyday I would be happy”. I soon realized these were just lies Satan feeds us every day and that my true calling was still at home. If Satan can make us feel truly worthless in society and without a vision and purpose, just getting by in life, he has truly succeeded.
It was then, that I decided to go to your blog…and what did I see?!!!!!! A post about working at home. The Lord did answer my prayer and I praise God he has given you three a vision to keep honoring him and showing young women like me to keep on following God when it seems impossible when many are not.
God bless you all and thanks again!
Hailey

Best Life said...

We also have been helping our daughters find home-based businesses they can build. One is learning video skills to hopefully film weddings, make videos for people, etc. Another is making jewelry and a third is doing embroidery. We are building the businesses now so they can take it with them when they leave home. You all are a great example of that for us! Mrs. P~

Kristin Youngblood said...

This was an encouraging post to read! I would love to hear more about Tara's ironing business, including how she advertised, what her system was, and how much she charged. What were some of the positives and negatives of the business? Perhaps this could be a future blog post! Thank you for encouraging young ladies!

Kelly! I did not know that you taught piano!! How fun! I am sure your students must absolutely adore you - you and Tara both have the perfect personalities for being a teacher! :)
I want to hear you play the piano sometime! (and also the violin!)
Can't wait to see y'all soon!
Much love,
Kate

mamma bear said...

Hailey,
I have prayed for you.
Don't give up or give in!
It is a blessing from the LORD that you recognized where the lies were coming from.
You can be productive at home, serving your LORD, while you patiently wait (and it must be patiently!). :)
Tell people the truth, and do not be ashamed. You are not alone.
God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Kelly...One day I hope you can teach your cousin Nicole the piano!

Love ya girls
Aunt Hannah

Tara said...

Aunt Hannah, I would love to see Nicole playing the piano. Kelly

Tara said...

Hailey, We will be praying for you and asking God's special blessing on your life. Tara and Kelly

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