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But he might become a drunk later in life and you might want to leave him. Your husband could die or get in an accident, leaving him unable to work. Your man might lose his job, or his job might not be enough to pay the bills.

You’ll need a back up plan.” I’m not sure I’ll ever become a stay-at-home mom, but I’m glad my mother gave me permission to pursue a career.

But if you ask her whether or not women stay-at-home, this is what she’ll tell you: “You don’t have to. But go to college, get as much work experience as you can.

Because even if you become a stay-at-home mom, you need a back up plan.”She is always telling me, “You could marry the greatest guy in the world.

Perhaps your parents provided you with similar models- I’d love to hear what you’ve learned from them.

You wouldn’t believe the insight this woman can have sometimes. Empathy doesn’t come naturally to me- I have to work hard to understand people. She respected my questioning, and added her own (I actually learned that she doesn’t believe in the “traditional” ideas about hell which was surprising). Rob Bell could have written a book about our conversation.If that’s the case, what role models did you look up to instead? I am ministry minded, called to preach, graduating Bible college in a few months, have a church lined up to work at, it appears like. I don't watch tv and very many movies and my music is very selective.But my mom taught me that empathy is worth the work. My mother has always taught me that it’s okay to question- even when the questions make people uncomfortable.It’s okay to spark controversy: Usually when you start a conversation about a subject like “hell,” people get all fired up (pun intended…the use of the word “spark” in the bold print above? We can talk about anything from evolution to gay rights with each other.

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