Sometimes, as a stay-at-home mom, I get tired. I’m sure that other moms will agree. My day is basically the same, day after day. Laundry and dishes never cease to pile up. When a child is in diapers or potty training, every few hours I am in for a nice “surprise”. All the while my talents are simply going to waste. I am a smart woman who can offer so much to the world after all.
Sometimes, it seems easier to just give up. I could go into the workforce and make adult friends! Eat lunch out everyday! (Which is a personal dream of mine). If I’m so tired and bored with this stay-at-home mom thing, it must not be for me.
Because when we are tired, or bored, that must mean that we are meant for something different. Or that’s what I’m told. If something is tiring, it couldn’t possibly be for us, right? Why am I doing this again?
Because this is exactly where God wants me to be.
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, and give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
1 Timothy 5:14
Our adversary would like nothing more than to bring us down, tear us apart, and distance ourselves from God. One way that he does this is by whispering in our ear, You were meant for greater things. Leave your home and children each day and go to an outside job.
It’s taken many years for me to realize that one of the ways the devil hopes to tear apart families is to pull mothers out of our homes. He’s largely accomplished that goal! Mommas, we need to stand up and decide to take back our families. This might mean sacrifice on our part. Financial sacrifices…long days…long nights, but it is all for the glory of God.
I work part-time from home from time to time, and notice a huge difference in our home’s atmosphere when I do so. Our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) When I’m distracted with outside work, even if I’m within the home, he is at work! Our families and homes need us to be on alert at all times.
If you are tired or financially weary momma, don’t fret. God loves us, and has the best plan in store for us. Being a wife and mother is the highest calling imaginable. One day we will look back and will not regret time spent with our children in the least, while time spent in the office will seem like a waste and drain on our families. Stay-at-home moms, you are not called to something greater, since your calling is already the greatest that there is! If you are in the midst of a trial in your home, remember that the Lord is perfecting us so that one day we will lack in nothing.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The Homemaker is the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only — to support the ultimate career!