According to this article in The Federalist, “Significantly more Americans ages 13 to 22 say it’s important to buy a home and make ‘a lot of money’ than to marry, have children, and commit to a faith.”
What a sad statistic this is. And yet, how can we blame young people for feeling this way, given the culture we live in?
I fear that we are to blame for this. How easy it is to let our flesh dictate our actions. Money and nice houses sure do appeal to our eyes, don’t they? But these things have no lasting value, and we cannot take them with us when our time on this earth is over.
Our children and young people are watching us, just as we watched our parents in our youth. What values are we imparting to them? Do we say that our faith and family has value with our lips, and then our actions speak otherwise?
It can be so easy to want the nice house and big income, even at the expense of our families. But ladies, there is nothing more important than spending time with our loved ones, even if that time cuts into potential income.
This can be true when we work outside of the home, and it also when we work inside of the home. I know that when my Etsy shop is open, I’m more easily distracted. Many MLM businesses require a lot of time on our phones and computers. If we do not schedule our time wisely, these home businesses can send the wrong message to our children.
Y’all, I can be guilty of sending the wrong message. We all can, when we look to the world instead of to God. Prayer and staying in His Word is so important, ladies! He will lead us on the right path.
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
Our labor should be focused on caring for our family, not on becoming wealthy. Young ladies who believe that college is a must for a future career are likely to be trapped in student loans. These loans are terrible. By taking out student loans myself, I was such a burden on my family for many years.
Be encouraged today. It is not too late to change for the better. Our young women are watching us, and they deserve to see the joy focusing on our families can bring.
Life with children is full and busy. There are days when total chaos seems to rule in my home. It is never boring around here!
Arguments break out. Two-year-olds throw tantrums. Sometimes I barely can hear myself think.
At times, I would like to break away! I’m sure you mamas know how I feel!
It seems like it’s only the right thing to do. The culture around us even tells us that women should work out of their homes on a daily basis. Voices say that child-raising should be left to day cares, but this simply is not true. The Lord created you for this wonderful purpose!
New moms are often startled when they feel like they’ve “lost” themselves, and they must have time alone to rediscover what is missing. At least that’s what their friends and family tell them.
Mommas, this is a lie. God in His great mercy has provided us with all we need in this busy season of our lives. Time alone can rob our family of time that rightfully belongs to them. It can (not always, but can) bring us to a place where we rely on our “alone time” to fill a void that only the Lord can. There is nothing wrong with spending time away from our children. At times it is necessary! But we must take a look at our motives. If we want to spend time alone simply because we’ve been told that we “need” to by others, or because we are looking at our children as burdens instead of blessings, than may I gently suggest that we have some heart examination to do.
As moms, we are cup-fillers. As such, we need our cups filled first. My mind goes to Susanna Wesley (who was the 25th of 25 children), who had 15+ children, including the pioneers of the Methodist movement. Whenever she needed a moment alone with the Lord, she would throw her apron over her head and her children knew not to disturb her. As funny as this sounds, those short minutes with the Lord sustained Susanna, and strengthened her enough to continue her great task of raising her children.
While an hour-long Bible study might not work for the busy mom, little snippets of scripture reading and prayer will. He will sustain us and give us all that we need right where we are.
I used to be the mom who thought she needed time away from her kids. Through a series of events that only could have been orchastrated by the Lord, I realized that this simply wasn’t so. I was asked to die to myself, and look to the cross. Hard stuff! But by God’s grace, I now view time with my family as a privilege that I’m not willing to give up.
I was first convicted of my “me time” mentality while reading “The Me Time Myth” by Amy Roberts in a homeschooling magazine. Here is an excerpt:
“Me Time is a myth. It is an unattainable, always interruptible, never satisfying piece of junk psychology. Me Time, by its very name, suggests that who we are during the daily grind is not who we truly are. It begs us to search for fulfillment outside of the titles of “wife” and “mother.” It accuses precious little ones and God-given spouses for suppressing us. It reduces motherhood to a disease in which little dirty faces and endless monotonous tasks slowly suck the life out of us. It says we can never be refreshed by spending time in the presence of those we care for day in and day out. It points out a perceived hole in our world that needs to be filled, a tank that must be refueled, a monster that will swallow us if we neglect to feed it Me Time.”
Ouch. Through this article I learned that weekend getaways and girl’s nights are not a necessity. Young mother, don’t feel guilty if you’d rather be with your family than away. The Lord placed the need for you to nurture them within your very being. Listen to this pull to be with them.
While it doesn’t always feel like it, it really is an honor to be called to serve our families. The days are long, but the years are short. I’m so thankful that the Lord has equipped us to do every good work. Scripture does not say that time away with family and friends are necessary to refresh, but time with Him. He is everywhere and can meet us right where we are, even when we are with our families. If you are struggling with this, I hear you. I have been there! But praise God for His grace. The Lord is sufficient and will take care of all of our needs, even as tired mommas.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea.