It has been awhile since we posted an interview on here! Today I would like to introduce you to a young lady who graciously offered to share some inspiration with us.
Shining Stars: Tell us a little about yourself (name, age, where you live, family, interests, etc) …
Bethany: My name is Bethany; I am a 19 year old homeschool graduate, I am the second oldest of six children and a stay-at-home daughter. I live in central Indiana with my parents, 3 sisters (ages 21, 17 and 15) and 2 brothers (ages 13 and 11). We don’t have any pets but my sister looks after a 3 year old and he’s way more fun than a dog … cuter too … and not smelly.
My likes and interest include, but are not limited to, the following: God’s Word, health (nutrition and fitness), painting, journaling (I would encourage anyone to start journaling now! It’s amazing to see how much has changed over just the past few years. Journaling has allowed me to see God’s hand in my life more clearly and it has also provided some fun times as I read them aloud with my siblings), walking, adventure hikes (this is like hiking except better. Let’s go off the beaten trail! Caution: poison ivy rashes may result), cooking without recipes and blogging with my sisters.
Shining Stars: What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
Bethany: Because I grew up in a Christian home I have always known I am a sinner and that Jesus (Yeshua) is the only one who can save me. I can’t point to a particular time in my life and say “that’s when I was saved”. I’ve probably prayed the sinners prayer over 3,000 times (that’s about once every night from age 7 to 16 – and I prayed myself to sleep some nights). As I got older I finally understood that it wasn’t praying a certain way that saved me. Soon my prayers at night started to form into a request to God – asking Him to show me how to live and make me willing to live that way no matter what it cost me.
Shining Stars: What led you to stay at home?
Bethany: I have never had a confident answer for the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question. I could never find an answer that would satisfy me. I knew I would never be satisfied as a daycare worker, teacher, or “artist”. My mom assured me that I would eventually know what I wanted to be when I grew up … but I didn’t. At age 15 (three years before graduation) I hadn’t the slightest idea what job I wanted to devote inordinate amounts of my time, energy and money into and then leave that endeavor as soon as (if ever) I got married.
Around this time our family watched “Return of the Daughters” by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin. It forever changed my view of life after high school. Daughters could stay at home, working under their fathers (not some stranger), continuing their learning and refining their homemaking skills. This was what I wanted to do! Where else could I use all my skills and interests in the same place (cooking, cleaning, organizing, hospitality, sewing, painting, etc). If God chooses to bless me with a husband, then where else could I have received such a customized education??
Shining Stars: What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
Bethany: Usually I serve my family through normal SAHD activities like; cooking, cleaning, yard work and shopping (I help Naomi with the shopping but hopefully one day I’ll take it over :)). I like to help out wherever I am needed. I believe that stay-at-home daughters can also reach out and bless the community with their time and resources. I have been able to help the believing community in our area and even travel (with my parents blessing) to help believers who are not living in such a close proximity to our house.
Shining Stars: Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
Bethany: Yes. Here is a list of particularly helpful books:
– The Bible
– It’s (not that) Complicated (A&E Botkin)
– The Family Daughter (Sarah Bryant)
– Joyfully at Home (Jasmine Bauchman)
– When God Writes Your Life Story (Eric and Leslie Ludy)
– A Life That Says Welcome (Karen Eham)
Shining Stars: Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
Bethany: My sisters and I write a blog together. Our dad encouraged us to start a blog for Torah observant young ladies. The blog has been operating since July of 2012 (it’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year already!!) and we plan to continue posting well into the future. We try to encourage other young ladies as they face similar trials and also enjoy the same things we do (like cooking, reading, writing, and such).
Shining Stars: Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
Bethany: Yes, yes I do. My business is called “Sew Hebrew”. Not everything is sewn and not everything has Hebrew but I try to incorporate Hebrew ideas into everything I make. Right now I have a small online store http://sewhebrew.weebly.com. I am working on a few different items to put in the store right now. One of them is a baby quilt :).
Shining Stars: What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
Bethany: Sure, I will share some things that I would have liked to have known when I was younger.
- Don’t forget to apply God’s word to every area of your life. What does God say about our relationships (family, friends, strangers and enemies)? How do the standards of His word affect our media choices (music, television, movies, books and magazines)?
- As a young lady you will hear about modesty a lot! But there is modesty of heart, attitude and spirit as well as clothing – (a frumpy sack cannot cover flirtatious eyes or a haughty spirit).
- Strive to be completely dedicated to the Father. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a great reminder to remove leaven in every area of our lives. The days leading up to Yom Terurah and Yom Kippur are times used for introspection and repentance. Chanukah (also known as the Feast of Dedication) is a reminder of dedicating our lives to God and His purposes.
- Last Fall I printed and used this document to help me re-dedicate myself to YHWH: http://www.setapartgirl.com/resources/cleaning-the-sanctuary. It’s a great tool that I would recommend to any girl (or guy) who has sinned and truly wants to get right with God. It’s not just a one time thing – it can be done many times throughout your life. (For younger girls or very sheltered girls: you may want to have your parents read over “Cleaning the Sanctuary” first and maybe even go through it with you).
Thank you so much Bethany! You have a beautiful family … may YHWH bless you all!