Working mothers face a tremendous amount of guilt! We constantly feel like we are not spending enough time raising our kids, or we are paying someone else to do it for us. Much of society would lead us to believe that we are not as God-fearing or obedient to Biblical teachings unless we stay at home with our children. The Proverbs 31 woman would NOT see it that way!
*Let me pause and say that I admire those of you who do stay at home with your children! My husband and I were both raised by stay-at-home moms, and we thought long and hard about whether or not that was right for our family. Stay-at-home mothers have an incredibly difficult, yet rewarding job. *
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night. (Proverbs 31:17-18)
She was definitely a workin’ mama! She probably enlisted the help of other mamas around her to care for her kids while she honed her business skills. She brought viable income to her family!
Here is the BIG question! Ready? What is God calling you to do for your family? If you are called to stay at home with your kids, great! Do it! If God is calling you to work from home while your kids are napping, great! Do it! If God calls you to establish a career and blesses you with amazing childcare, great! Do it!
I write and teach fifth grade. I am called by God to be a teacher! I am also blessed with an AMAZING babysitter who loves my children and teaches them in a God-honoring fashion. When Superhero Son goes to school in about eighteen months, he will come with me to my school. It isn’t a life that would work for all of my friends, but it works for our family.
Pray about God’s plan for your life. Then be smart enough to listen. Give up the guilt! If it is God’s plan, then what have you to be guilty about?