Today I would like to introduce you to a young lady whom I met seven years ago. Our family was living in Israel then and she, her mother, sister and brother were volunteering for some weeks. We had several opportunities to spend time together, both in our home and others, and after coming back to the States, we were able to meet her father. Megan and her family have been an encouragement and inspiration, both personally and through their support of the magazine.
Shining Stars: Tell us a little about yourself (name, age, where you live, family, interests, etc) …
Megan: My name is Megan Miller, and I’ll be 32 in September. I live with my parents in western Colorado, in an area called the Grand Valley. We enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains all around us. I have three siblings – two older brothers and a younger sister. They are each married and have children.
I have lots of interests. 🙂 I love music, and play violin and piano. I also teach lessons for both instruments, and play violin in our city’s Symphony Orchestra. I love animals and for many years we had a little farm, with goats and sheep, chickens and ducks, dogs and cats. I enjoy sewing and quilting, gardening, writing, and traveling. My family and I have traveled to Israel several times, and I’m currently studying Hebrew.
Shining Stars: What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
Megan: I remember my Mom talking with me when I was very young, (I think I was three) and praying with her to “ask Jesus into my heart”. Obviously, as I grew up, at different times I came to a better or more full understanding of who Yeshua (Jesus) is and what it means to live as His disciple. At those times, I recommitted to Him, choosing to submit my life to His ways. I was baptized when I was fourteen, at my Bat Mitzvah.
Shining Stars: What led you to stay at home?
Megan: As I grew up, I looked forward to someday being a “keeper at home” – a wife and a mother. I never had the desire to have a professional career or to become highly educated in one specific area. My Mom had been led by the Lord to stay at home and homeschool us, and her example was a powerful one in my life. As we studied Scripture as a family, these feelings were reinforced. I came to strongly believe that a woman’s place was (for the large majority of time) in the home. Through the years, that conviction has only strengthened, as I continue to study Scripture, as I meet more godly women, (single and married), and as I see more of the world around me. As of right now, I’m still single. (More on this below.) There are only a few examples of single women in the Bible, but there are principles that we can find that give good hints about how God has called us to live as daughters–at-home.
Shining Stars: What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
Megan: One of the ways that I serve my family is by making supper every day. Several years ago, I felt convicted that I needed to do something in a more “active” serving for my family, especially for my parents. Our parents had raised us to be diligent members of the family, so regular things like helping with the meals, cleaning, laundry, garden and yard work, etc. were already a normal part of our days. Making the supper meals grew to also planning the weekly menus and the shopping lists. I also help my Mom sometimes with her home business – organizing, sewing, etc.
I’m also often blessed to be able to travel to help my brothers or sister with their families. They have young children and I love to be able to help when new babies come, or when they need some extra help.
Shining Stars: Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
Megan: Each book that I have read by either Elisabeth Elliot or Corrie Ten Boom has been a made a big difference in my life. I highly recommend them. There have been many other resources. Our family has been blessed to learn from many different teachers, conferences, and seminars, but those two authors have strongly influenced my life.
Shining Stars: Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
Megan: As a ministry, my parents and I teach Hebraic praise dancing at our congregation, along with organizing the praise and worship times. Sometimes we do live music; sometimes we organize a list of recorded songs, and print out song sheets for them.
In the past, my sister and I have led girls’ Bible studies. I also enjoy writing with younger friends of mine in a mentor-type relationship.
Shining Stars: Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
Megan: I do. 🙂 As I mentioned above, I teach private music lessons. I started teaching when I was fourteen, and it’s been a wonderful home business for me. At any given time, I’ve had as few as four or five students, and up to as many as thirty-two.
When we had our animals, I also used them as a home business – selling the kids, lambs, and puppies, and making and selling yogurt, cheese, etc.
Shining Stars: What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
Megan: If you are a daughter in your parents’ home, especially as a grown daughter, you are in a place of blessing, challenge, and growth. You are where you are supposed to be. (I realize that there are times when there are extenuating circumstances. If you are in one of those – may the Lord bless you with clear guidance and support).
I grew up hoping to be a “keeper at home”, to be married, and have children. A few years ago, at a moment when I was longing for this, I realized, “I am a keeper-at-home! I’m simply a keeper-at-home daughter, instead of a keeper-at-home wife and mother.” 🙂 That made me happy. No matter where we are in life – single, married, younger, older, with children, or without children – our calling is to be content where our Lord has us at this very moment, and to seek to be an instrument of blessing and a giver of life. As daughters in our parents’ homes, we can be these things to our families and to many others.