Have you ever noticed it, dear reader, how so many women nowadays appear to be highly neurotic? Not only those who work, but also the homemakers? It's like they all lack inner peace and constantly doubt themselves. I could give you real life examples but it would go against my policy on privacy, though I tend to think that you are all familiar with what I'm talking about.
Here is my theory as to why. I think that modern women are constantly trying to pull the load not meant for them. If you are a Christian, there are some clear instructions in the Scriptures as to what God expects from you as a woman, yet so many religious women keep talking about their faith, take part in various church activities, organise prayer circles and stuff like that yet are nearly indistinguishable from unbelievers in their day-to-day behaviour.
I'm talking here about things like wearing modest and feminine clothes, being a keeper at home as opposed to running around the town for hours on end and letting your husband guide the family. Especially the latest two (though the first one is also important).
A couple of days ago I had a visitor. She told me about a movie she watched on a Christian TV channel. A woman leaves her husband and little boy behind to go find herself. Later he goes to church (they aren´t Christians) and there he meets her. She tells him that now she is a Christian, God told her to go save heathens in the foreign lands so she isn´t interested in getting back to him and actually raising her child. The movie ends with him winning her back, which I frankly found surprising since it captured the essence of what passes for modern Christianity so well.
Arrogance (God talking to her directly), check. Being supposedly a born-again Christian yet treating marriage as disposable, check. No concept of the husband´s headship, check. Motherhood treated as a hobby, check. The idea that people in far away countries are more important that your near family, check.
Modern churches go out of their way to praise women´s spirituality while promoting a thoroughly feminist version of it, yet did it make women happy? Traditional churches, on the other hand, are accused of promoting `double standard` since they restrict leadership positions for women. Yet, the whole talk of the double standard is highly nonsensical since men and women are different. It´s not a double standard to treat different things (or people) differently. It´s just common sense.
With authority always comes responsibility and that´s what I think is driving modern women crazy. Since they are family leaders by default nowadays they take the majority of the decisions, and yet they are constantly uncertain about it. The burden is just too heavy. When you let your husband lead, when you relinquish control, you also free yourself from carrying the heavy burden of responsibility if things go wrong.
If you restrict the amount of activities outside home, even church activities, and concentrate on making the domestic life a pleasant thing, you will experience more peace and rest. Another good thing to do is to avoid all stuff political. Women nowadays are pushed to participate in politics to the same degree that men do, with the only result being that many of them seem unable to stop worrying about things going south and growing progressively crazy, to the point that they are unable to talk of anything else.
Others will develop a saviour´s complex and will spend hours trying to save mankind while there is no one left to keep the home fires burning, so to say. I had a friend who used to say `give your job to a man`. I´d like to say, ladies, let the men slay the dragons. It´s what they were made for. You´ll be happier for this.