We live in a two income culture where it is sometimes plain hard to keep our heads above water.
And yet, our families need us to be at home. The security a stay-at-home mom brings to her family is priceless.
So what’s a mom to do? Can our families survive on a single income in America?
I believe the answer is yes, but it will take a bit of effort on our part. It will take determination, and a deep faith that being a keeper at home is literally more important than anything else.
My husband and I are currently in the middle of our own debt free journey. So far we have paid off over $260,000 in a little less than three years. While I have worked from home in my Etsy store for most of this time, it is nothing short of the hand of God that has made this possible.
I’ve learned to be frugal, and it all started with a mindset shift. I began studying the Scriptures about simplicity, and I realized that our children did not need to be steeped in the abundance that we call America. What they needed was me.
The first thing we need to do when making the transition from working mom to stay-at-home mom, is to realize that our children need nothing more badly than our presence.
They do not need a large house in a nice neighborhood more. They do not need a vacation more. They do not need an abundance of clothes, toys, or extracurricular activities more.
What they need is you.
Once we really take this truth to heart, changes can start to happen.
Next, we need to take a good look at what cuts can be made to our budget, and reduce our debt burden as much as possible.
Once we decided to simplify our lives and reduce our debt, the Lord has helped us so much. We have cut out many extras, and we drive older cars. We have downsized our homes twice, and have moved for my husband to work at a higher paying job. In doing so, we have cut about $2500 worth of monthly expenses from our budget.
While you do not need to make changes as drastic as ours to stay at home with your children, debt needs to be seen as the enemy. I highly recommend reading The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey to get you started.
Finally, we need to implement, trust, and obey.
Our findings mean nothing if we don’t implement them. Taking the first step towards a life at home involves courage, and I know you can do it! You can read about some of the sacrifices my family has made here.
Trusting and obeying God’s Word when it comes to concepts such as contentment, not loving the things of the world, and being a keeper at home might seem foreign at first. But ladies, when we let go of our preconceived notions and follow God, good fruit will be produced in our families.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
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