Am I Going to College?

I am writing this post in response to some who have asked in blog comments what I’m doing after high-school graduation and whether I will be going to college. First let me take a moment to share with you what the Lord has done in my heart toward college.

As I seek to draw closer to the Lord, I am always evaluating my decisions based on what the Bible says and also the fruit of a certain decision that I can observe in other people’s lives. In addition, I take heed my parents’ counsel. College would be what most would consider the next big step in my life.

“For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.” (Luke 6:44)

As I thought about college and saw the negative fruit in the lives of many who have gone there, it was obvious to me that there were dangers and pitfalls in college that I would prefer to avoid. Seldom, if ever that I can recall, have I seen a young person go off to college and return exhibiting a higher level of spiritual maturity, or even the same level, at which he entered. Usually he has slid backwards – a lot or a little. It is my desire to stay pure, to wholly follow Him, and to not knowingly put myself in any place where I might fall. We have seen many young people go to college and come out totally different in a negative sense.

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Proverbs 27:12)

Applying this verse to college, I see the dangers at college, and I want to protect myself from them.

“…wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” (Romans 16:19)

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

In colleges – even Christian colleges – so much of what is being taught is ungodly. It may seem harmless to read something that is unbiblical, thinking that I will just let it slide out of my mind. However it seems to me that in reality this is sowing bad seed with equally bad fruit. I don’t want to learn the things that are being taught in colleges. At home, I can learn what will profit me for my future and what will lead to my spiritual growth.

In our family, we are insatiable learners. Even after high school, we are constantly learning. Graduation is just a way point on the path of learning. We are always eager for new opportunities to grow our knowledge. We look for ways to serve, and many times God stretches us out of our comfort zone, which might involve learning something we would never have thought ourselves capable of learning. So, I may not go to college, but in every step of my life I am continuing to learn.

It also seems kind of silly for me to go to college, because I am so grateful that Mom and Dad saved me from many worldly influences by homeschooling me. Why would I then choose to expose myself to those influences my parents protected me from? We have seen young people who go to college and while in college they fall away from their faith and turn to the world. It is with much pleasure that I can thank Dad and Mom for blessing me with a wonderful education, an excellent teacher, and a pure environment to learn in. I am so blessed to be able to be in a family where they welcome and encourage us to stay at home after we graduate from high school!

All the above are reason enough for me not to want go to college, but I will add that it is my desire, if the Lord wills, to be a stay-at-home wife and mother someday.

“To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:5)

I don’t feel that a college degree would help me toward this desire. In fact, we have heard from some moms that their degree hindered them, in the beginning, from choosing to be a wife and mother. They went into college with a stay-at-home mindset, but then graduated and started to work. After all, they had invested heavily with their time and finances in a career-specific education and didn’t feel they wanted to waste that investment. In hindsight, they have shared their regrets with this detour from the direction they felt the Lord would have had for their lives.

Another reason why I am not attending college is because of the huge financial cost of college. It seems that it would be a waste of the Lord’s finances for me to go to college when I have no need for a college degree. I certainly wouldn’t want to go into debt for a degree. I have seen one of my sisters and four of my brothers excel in their adult professional lives without a college degree and without debt. I wish to follow in their foot steps.

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)

The Lord has filled what I have to do with my time so that it is flowing over the brim. I am busy helping with Titus2 order fulfillment plus learning Titus2 bookkeeping and other aspects of our ministry. I’m also helping at home, cleaning for my grandparents, assisting my brother’s family as needed, sewing, doing bookkeeping for Joseph and John’s business, practicing music, tackling other projects that come up, and have a couple of other things right now that I want to study as time allows!

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

All of this to say I am not going to college but staying at home to bless my family and others in whatever way I can, grow spiritually, and learn in areas that will be useful for my future!

In Christ,
Anna

John & Anna

“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7).

56 thoughts on “Am I Going to College?”

  1. I do respect your decision because it’s yours alone to make. I do believe, however, that there is a need for strong godly people in professional careers , where college is required, that can make a difference for God’s kingdom.

    I hope for all the best for you in your future.

    Blessings.

  2. How wonderfully put! The college question always seems to come up at some point, especially as a parent raising young children. People often make comments about starting early to save for college, etc. Sometimes it is seems like we are on trial when trying to explain why we would counsel our girls to stay at home until the time they might leave to become the keepers of their own homes.

    It is such a joy to see how fervently you desire to please Jesus in everything you do, especially when you speak of purity and the love of busying yourself with serving others. What a blessing to witness the fruit of such God-serving parents. I pray that the Lord will help me to commit myself to that same end with my children and that they will bear such bountiful fruit as you!

  3. So well communicated; it would be an interesting article to try to have published in one of the many Christian HS magazines (perhaps Homeschool Digest). They could use some more articles of this nature. Praise God for the confidence He has given you to follow boldly in the direction of His will. Thank you for sharing, I plan to print out your essay and file it away…so I can use it and be reminded to pray for wisdom in this area for my sons (only 4 and 2). Blessings, Susan from NJ

  4. Anna,
    Your post was well written and demonstrated that you are not merely repeating words but that you are speaking from your heart. It is wonderful that you have chosen to remain home and to grow in areas that will benefit you now and in the future. Thank you for speaking boldly about your decision. I pray that it touches the hearts of other young ladies who are contemplating the college path.
    Angela G.
    Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

  5. Anna,
    I just want to say that I agree wholeheartedly with your wise decision. I was a college-bound girl who did a couple of years at a Junior College. I have the experience that you described. I definitely faced things that turned me away from my relationship with Christ and I regret the decision to attend!
    I am glad to see a young lady who is taking a stand for Christ and I applaud you! God is so faithful and I know that many will come against you. Thankfully, we serve a God who is mighty and sees all!
    What a wonderful testimony you have written and I pray that someday my own daughter will follow in the footsteps of those who make the same decision you did.
    Your family is a blessing to me!

  6. Anna, you are blessed to have such guidance and you are so mature in your decsision making!

    I pretty much wasted my life and education from age 17 to 28, when my first son was born. You grow up quickly then! I honour my parents for the way I was raised, but the ‘do what you want, as long as you’re happy’ says nothing about vision and goal setting and is in no way reflective of real life and I am not teaching my children the same thing.
    As a result of this time wasted, I am about 10 years behind in where I should be – all of the people I know in life are way ahead of me and I’m trying to catch up.

    As for the financial cost, well how about this: My first two years of college after high school (and I only went becasue I didn’t know what else to do with myself) were on scholarship. Did I complete anything in those two years – NO! One more year on my own nickel and I finally completed the equivalent of 2nd year university. Again, nothing valuable in that. Then I did library techinican which was 2 years of student loan that were paid back. I worked for one year, got laid off, and then looked after my friend’s little girl because there were no jobs available in libraries, which are always the first victims of any budget cuts. Fast forward to 2004 which finds me a newly single mom with two children and nothing. This time I actually wanted post secondary, so I did my Medical Office Assistant but had to pay for that with student loans. I was able to pay for my Health Records Administrator course with cash, but I am still paying off my MOA student loans.

    The Lord has helped me turn my mistakes into good and is continuing to bless me, but, like King David, I will always have the consequences of my earlier choices: I am a single mom who must work for her living. I don’t get to stay at home with my children and I have no choice but to put them in public school.

    Congratulations on your graduation, your adult life is just beginning, and you have the wisdom of a Chirst-led family for guidance. You are so blessed! Please, please wait to get married and don’t give a single thought to anybody who says you have to go to college to get anywhere in life. Look to your older brothers and sisters. Don’t make the mistakes I’ve made.

    Blessings to you and your family. You are all a shining example to me.

    Canadian Mom

  7. Oh! Yes! Yes! YES! Anna, you are so blessed to be able to share this with so many people!

    The Lord laid it on my heart to make the choice not to go to college when I was 13-years-old, and for all the exact same reasons that you have made that choice! My sister and I have both made that choice and have no regrets!

    You’re so blessed! Thank you,thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,
    Thank you, THANK YOU, TTTTHHHHANNNKKK YYOOUUU for sharing this, and loving your family with all your heart! It was so evident in what the Lord laid on your heart to do for your mom at your graduation celebration!!! That was the most, touching, precious post I’ve ever,ever read on your family’s blog!!!!! I absolutely treasure the photo of your Dad with his hands on you, praying for you!!

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rebecca K.

  8. Well thought out and well written. Blessings to you, Anna, as you discover all the wonderful things God has planned for your life.

  9. Anna, thank you for such a mature share. You have articulated many of the same concerns we have for our children. You will certainly bless your family and others as you stay home. With this posting, you’ve blessed my family!

    May God continue to richly bless you serve Him!

  10. What a wise young lady you are and what a blessed young lady to have such Godly parents. Based on the experiences I’ve had personally and have observed in the life of others what you are saying is so true. Going away to college is life changing and not in a positive way spiritually. I love the way you backed up what you believe concerning college with scripture. I only wish I had this Godly wisdom in my own life in the past. May God bless you in all you do as you seek to serve Him.

  11. Amen….and…..Amen

    Thank you for posting this article and using scripture, my daughter will be able to read this and be encouraged.

  12. Thank you Anna for your wonderful example and for being bold to go against the tide of what society might tell you “what should come next.” We’re sure that the Lord will continue to use you and your family to bless many families throughout the county as you continue to seek and serve Him. Praise the Lord!
    In Christ,
    The S. Family

  13. Amen! Thanks so much for sharing your heart, Anna!! The Lord will bless you as you seek Him and serve Him.

    Blessings,
    Vania

  14. Anna,

    Thank you so much for that thoughtful post. I too am always getting the question “So what are you doing now [that you have graduated]? You put it so well. Thanks again.

    Faith

  15. Anna, that is a great post! I am so encouraged by your conviction and boldness to speak what you believe. I find that I far too easily make some side “excuse” for why I am not going go collage. Yet I am finding a great blessing to stay at home and teach my siblings.

    Praying for you as you wait on the Lord,

    Love you with Christ’s Love!

  16. Anna,

    What a wonderful post you wrote ~ I am nearing homeschool graduation myself, and this is something I have considered as well. I want to be a well educated person, but I don’t think college is really the way to become well-educated. Your thoughts echoed many of my convictions as well; thank you! It was a great encouragement to me.

  17. Anna, God bless you. You have recently turned 18 and already show a wisdom far greater than your age. To have strong convictions that differ from much of the secular world takes a strong-minded young adult who truly lives her life for the Lord. People young and old alike should listen to your wise words and learn from them. I might not agree with everything you wrote, but I do believe that the majority of teens who go to college are looking for freedom from their parents( except financially) and a time to have fun without responsibility to anyone. I doubt that many college kids across the States have the character you possess. We can’t help but learn in life. It is the choices we make that can allow us to become one with our Father. I congratulate you my sister and will pray for you. I am proud of you, Anna.

  18. Nicely said. As mother of twin 18 year old daughters who are preparing for college I absolutely agree with how college can totally change a person. I can tell you that even religious Catholic colleges have disappointed me. You are lucky to be in a wonderful and caring family and your life will be just fine without college

  19. Dearest Anna,

    Bless you for opening your heart and writing such a true and humble response to those questions. Our oldest daughter, Willow, has been asked this question ever so many times and your response is hers exactly. In fact, she could have easily written this post for you.

    You are a blessing,
    Misty, Willow’s very blessed Mommy

  20. What an amazing and admirable answer. If we all looked at God’s Word for our direction, we would be so surprised by all the frivolous things we spend the Lord’s resources on. Your husband will be blessed, Anna. As the Lord says, His ways are not our way, nor are His thoughts our thoughts. God bless and enjoy your family.

  21. 14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
    I applaud your decision. You are seekng to remain set apart and faithful to the Lord God.

    “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

  22. I pray that our children will have such a response to this question when they are asked, about 11 years down the road. How can parents prepare them for this? Thank you for your God-honoring response.

  23. Thank you for sharing your heart! May you be encouraged to continue to follow God’s path for your life, in the midst of your loving family! Be blessed and stand firm in your choices as God leads you! HE knows the end from the beginning and will use you mightily as you follow Him!

  24. Anna, thank you very much for your gracious answer to this question. I appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts on the subject!

    Thank you again,
    Catherine

  25. Amen and Amen to that, Anna!
    I was recently offended and surprised when my 14 year old daughter went to an allergy check up appointment and the doctor asked so many personal questions i.e. do you make good grades, what do you want to be when you grow up, are you going to college? My daughter’s desires about her future are the same as yours. If it is the Lord’s will, she too would love to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. When she expressed her thoughts to the doctor, he showed great ignorance by stating that “being a mom is fine but do you want to be a mom flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant or do you want to be a mom that is making big bucks and at a law firm or be a CEO of a big corporation?” He proceeded to tell her (which she knew what he was saying was unbiblical) that in todays society it is extrememly difficult for middle-class families to make it on even 2 incomes. That was such a ridiculous thing to say. My husband is the only income for our family and we have 6 children; the Lord has always taken care of our needs and even our wants. He made several other offensive comments that showed he missed the whole point of what she was trying to say.
    Many times people will think that if a child makes good grades that they are destined for college. College is greatly overrated in our society and so many equate true success with college. Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have GOOD SUCCESS.”

  26. Dear Anna,
    I am a frequent reader of this blog and of your dear family’s books but I don’t think I have ever commented before. This post was just so touching in so many ways- regarding my own regrets about the past as well as my hopes for my own children’s future.

    You are so blessed to have a family to help you understand the importance of the home and those who serve in it. I was one of those “gets great grades, must go to college and have brilliant career” girls in the mid-90s. I had a full scholarship to a big state university. I went for one year and was nearly undone, spiritually speaking. I was not a strong Christian when I left, but when I came home I was completely at odds with all things of the Lord. By His grace I have now seen the error of my ways and have been blessed with a Godly husband and five beautiful children (so far) to teach and raise at home.

    I know that if I had stayed for another three years I would quite likely have been permanently hardened to the Gospel and maybe never returned to the bosom of my Father. I didn’t know why I didn’t return to school when I made that choice, but I know now that it was His hand working, even in my poor choices, guiding me all along. He is so very good. I pray that you will continue to see the wisdom your parents have taught you and that your future will be blessed (and a blessing for others) because of it. You and your family are a regular blessing in my life already.

    With much love in Christ,
    Lindsey in AL

  27. Your maturity and devotion to God shines in you! I wish I had such an upbringing to walk so solidly in my faith. Instead, the last fifteen adult years of my life have been spent learning to walk in His ways and to do them. May God richly bless you as you follow Him with your whole heart.

  28. I think college is highly overrated. Unless the Lord calls a person into a particular field that requires speicialied training and education then most people could do without it. I love to think of all the tremendous accomplishments that went into building this nation –made mostly by those that never aquired a college degree!

  29. Anna,
    As I read your written words I could hear your sweet sure voice speaking to me. I am so proud of you for the decison you have made. A decision made after prayer and fellowship with your godly family and counseling from your biblically wise and godly parents.

    I am one that went to college. Not just college, but graduate school too in order to become a social worker. I came from a good Christian home, as you can imagine having met my mom. However, while I was at the univesity my life became about a lot more than being godly. Looking back I wish I hadn’t gone to college and had devoted my life to God, and becoming a wife and mother.

    You are so confident in your path and we will keep you in prayer as you seek God’s will for your path. It is a joy to call you friend.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  30. Thank you, Anna, for that well thought out and written response. I, too, went to college and have a Master’s Degree in Education. After teaching for seven years, I am now VERY HAPPILY at home home schooling my 2 (so far) children. I think the Lord works in everyone’s lives differently. I definitely did not grow up in a home that was conducive to staying after graduating and being a “helper at home”. It was a home I wanted to run far away from because of its dysfunctionality. I became a teacher because I needed to support myself somehow. The entire time I was teaching all I wanted to be doing was to be married, at home, being a stay at home wife/mother. The Lord, in His timing, brought me a husband who wanted nothing more than for me to stay home!! Interestingly enough, it was my time teaching public school that compelled me to want to home school my children! I wanted them as far from there as possible! The Lord works in so many diferent ways…

    I will say that one of my biggest regrets of going to college was my debt. When I married my husband, he paid off my HUGE debt, which I felt horribly guilty about. Here he was working so hard, and a big portion of it was paying off my college loans!

    By God’s amazing grace, He has given me and my husband a much different perspective than we had when we were growing up, and we hope to guide our children to “walk the narrow path”, even though many would scorn and wonder “why?”

    May the Lord BLESS YOU, Anna, in ALL you do!

  31. Anna, thank you for your wise words. I was raised in a Christian home and was homeschooled as well. It was just assumed that I would go to college…and to college I went.

    To this day, I regret that decision. Yes, I learned alot about computers and yes, I adapted well to the environment…but I missed a TON of “keeper at home” training during my most influential years. I have been married now for 4 years and am totally in love with my family. I quit my job shortly before our first daughter was born and have not worked a secular job since…praise the Lord. My home making skills are horrible. I cannot preserve food (canning), I cannot sew well at all and my cleaning skills are lacking. It is truly because I didn’t stay home and learn how to be industrious.

    I also learned things at college that I wish I had NEVER learned. The language, inuendos, and influence was not good and that is permeated in my brain to this day. I got away from the Lord and became involved in very secular music…it was not a good situation.

    The financial aspect has been a burden as well. My husband is paying off the last of my $11,000 loans and that money could have been used for so many other things.

    I am now trying to convince my younger sister not to continue with college…but that is difficult as she saw me go to college and cannot understand why I now don’t agree with doing that.

    So…you are truly making a wonderful and wise decision. I am so glad and thankful to see you living for God! Sorry about the rant…I have been a long time reader and this is my first comment. Your post really brought back alot of memories! Blessings as you strive to continue to live for HIM! 🙂

  32. You are a special young lady, Anna. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your heart with us, and may the Lord always guide and bless you.

  33. My husband received a lot of literature from “Christian” colleges while pastoring a church. They all showed the boys and girls socializing and showed the ladies as nurses or some other profession. Finally, my husband called the main college that was sending the material and said “I thought you were a Christian college. Where are your “keeper-at-home courses? Do you offer those? That is biblical, yanno! All these ladies have professions. How will they be a keeper at home?” The person on the line was a little in shock. Then my husband nicely asked that they quit sending those advertisements to our home, as we have 3 littel girls and we don’t want them seeing the push for a career. Our oldest daughter is only 7, and already we have been asked if she will be attending college!

  34. Anna,
    Very well said. I appreciate your humility which shines through – and the way you honor God & your parents!

    You have already learned so much about biblical living and loving God…so much more than many of us who are still trying to “unlearn” the world’s ways which we learned in college and elsewhere and which continue to penetrate & poison our thinking. BUT praise God, for He is always at work in us, transforming us by the renewing of our minds!

    You have been, are, and will continue to be a blessing to those around you! Press on, sweet sister-in-Christ!

  35. Living for Jesus is definitely the best way in life. Living in the world is difficult and college is all about the world. I did go to a university and I backslid in my faith and took a long, hard road back to it. I think your life at home and all the good work you do for Jesus with your family is beautiful. God bless you 🙂

  36. Wonderfully written. I am a stay at home mommy with a Masters degree. I got married while in graduate school and we were pregnant almost immediately by God’s grace, even though we tried to prevent such blessings. I finished my degree in between nursing babies and graduated with a 2 year old, 1 year old, and one on the way. Now what? I was career minded and I was mommy minded. It brought such a struggle to my heart. My husband and I have the same degree. I was home each day with babies and he was out doing what I was trained and longed to do. I loved being home with my babies and yet I struggled with envy at him for having the job that I had the same degree to do. I now watch young ladies go and get their degrees and it hurts my heart because I know the struggle that will occur in them when they marry. I missed the joy of those early years of being young and babies abounding; my heart wasn’t fully there. Looking back, I missed out… not on the career I trained for but the precious days gone by of being a mommy of little babies and my husband missed out on me being the kind of homemaker I could have been back then if my heart had been fully a keeper at home. I was trained for a career but I was very ill trained to be a keeper of the home… I didn’t know how to cook, how to budget, how to sew, etc. I look back over my childhood and see how much time was wasted in what would have been the best education…learning to be a keeper of the home. I have studied and worked on my God given career after the fact and am loving learning all I can to best serve my God, husband and children. I look at my girls… my 9 year old daughter does the laundry joyfully for our family of 8; she has made 4 skirts this week by herself… 2 for her and 2 for her little sister and she knitted a scarf for her daddy for Christmas that made him cry with delight. I love the “education” she is getting and I pray that each of our children will delight in the ways of the Lord as you are vs. desiring the ways of the world. May God bless you as you continue to seek to serve Him and obey Him!!!

  37. Anna, What an awesome post! I can remember as a kid having such a desire to be a wife, mother and homemaker. But that was not the social norm. So when it came time to graduate, college was a MUST. Though i could not afford it; i pressed through four years and fell away from the Lord. Returning back to HIM my junior year; i now had a 2 year old out of wedlock. And so grieved the heart of the Father. Then marrying and trying to work to pay off student loans of which i am still trying to pay. I am now walking out the original plan of the Father. I am a stay a home wife and homeschooling mother of four. And loving it. We are still paying back student loans. But there is such a peace Knowing that i am right where God wants me.

    I say all that to say What an amazing response you gave to this question. I don’t want to follow the flow of the world. This something you were blessed to know at a very young age. And can walk in that wisdom today. Praise God for your parents.
    They are blessing my family today more than they will ever know.

  38. Dear Anna,

    Thank you for writing this post. I’m going to show it to my family, especially my 16 year old daughter. The Lord has prompted her heart and thinking to be much the same as yours (I sure wish we lived closer to you or someone that supported those things). She is becoming more adept at expressing her heart especially since my extended family (who are all believers) can’t or won’t try to understand her. Please pray for us and other families who are just having to stand alone. When you hear those around you telling you you’re wrong or warped, and when this is coming from Christians, you feel like you’re starting to believe it. Pray that we can stand firm. Pray that the Lord will provide earthly, human support in a way that He sees fit that would be best for our family.
    May the Lord continue to richly bless you and your family.

  39. One more comment – never forget that not having a college degree DOES NOT mean being uneducated. You go girl!

  40. Hooray! You are avoiding one of life’s big lies: college=required. As I read your post what came to mind was that you are developing math and entreprenurial skills by helping in various family businesses, and homemaking skills at home and with your extended family. Those are the skills you will need to flourish in your own home someday and who knows, maybe the Lord is EVEN NOW preparing a young man who needs a wife who can keep the books!! You never know. I will pray and cheer from the sidelines of your post-homeschool adventure.

  41. Anna~
    What wonderful news!! May God bless you as you serve your family ~ at home:-)
    Also, why would you want to be in the career/professional world & put yourself in the position of being under the leadership of “another” man, your boss. You are under the leadership of your God-given authority~your father; then when/if God calls you to marry, it would be transferred to your husband. When Christian ladies go out into the workforce, (I’m not talking about working from home helping your husband or brothers or dad here) those God-given roles become so messed up!!
    Thanks for being such a godly example:-)

  42. Anna,
    Blessings to you as you seek to obey the Lord. Thanks for being a godly example to other young women!

  43. Good for you, Anna!

    I can speak from experience that college was not the best path for me. I walked away from my faith for a few years, became very career focused, and came away with a mountain-load of debt. Thankfully the Lord brought me back to Him, and gave me a wonderful godly husband that has stayed committed to allowing me to be a full-time mommy despite the financial strains of school loans. My husband and I have already begun to teach our 5 year-old daughter that college is not the “must” that everyone tries to say it is. Thank you for your post and living your priorities!

  44. Anna,
    You are a wonderful example to obedience to Christ and your parents. College is over-priced, over-rated, and not always necessary. As someone who spend too long in college, and incurred debt . . . I have concluded that I can be a perpetual learner without being enrolled in college. And I get to choose what material I put in my head – if it glorifies God yes, if not – I do not have to expose myself to it. I pray that my child(ren) make similar decisions to honor God, and our convictions. Thank you for this post and being an example to others.

  45. Anna, WOW!! That was a fantastic, God-pleasing, and scriptural post!! May God bless you abundantly for sharing your desires and wisdom!! I am going to let my daughter read and glean wisdom from your post… she is facing that “college” decision as well!! Thanks so much for sharing your heart!!

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