Sunday, September 16, 2012

Working Moms – Part 3 of 4

Sometimes you may be doing what God has called you to do, but you continue to feel unfulfilled. When my first two were still in diapers and I was their primary caregiver, I knew that I was in the center of God’s will, but it was a constant struggle. Regularly I felt as if I was dying a hundred deaths. Those are the times when we must learn how to draw strength from God.

Perhaps you feel that your efforts are going unnoticed. Maybe you’re wondering why you even bother. Give yourself a break once in a while. Reward yourself for those “thankless” jobs. Go and have some fun… make a memory… be creative.

One thing that I want to make clear is that God never intended women to be suppressed in the home. There’s much more to moms than cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, and so forth. Those jobs in themselves can take up all of one’s day. For me, it felt as if I was one of those pet hamsters running endlessly in a suspended wheel.

The good news is that God created moms to use their different gifts and talents as much as everyone else. In the Bible, there were a number of women who had jobs and who were leaders. Some even supported Jesus and His disciples financially. Most of these women were probably mothers, but they were also involved in the world around them.

One of the best examples of an all-round woman is the famous woman of Proverbs 31. It’s possible that she wasn’t a real person, but rather a representation of an ideal woman. Whoever she might have been, I didn’t always like her. She was too perfect and seemingly able to accomplish everything with superhuman strength. I thought, “How could the rest of us women ever hope to live up to her standard?”

I figured that, of course, her husband must have adored her. Who wouldn’t want a wife that could do everything? Yet, if you look closely you will notice that she didn’t achieve everything single-handedly. At times, she actually had others working with her. Actually, we all could accomplish much more if we had people helping us like she did. Not only can we accomplish more, but we can feel energized knowing that not everything rests on our shoulders alone.


  1. Christina, very inspiring post. I'll tell all the working mothers and stay at home moms: "Do what you can, and instead of judging yourself, reward it instead. You've done a wonderful."

    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. Yes, we need to have more "me" time or fun time. Have a great week!

  2. I used to work 50-60 hours a week and I was not a good mom at all. After I begged and pleaded my husband to allow me to stay home. Now I have grown closer to my daughter and my three year old just doesn't now how lucky he is yet! Thank so much for stopping by my site.

    1. I'm so glad that you were able to make the choice to stay at home and be there for your kids. There's nothing wrong with working outside of the home either, but I wouldn't recommend it when the kids are small. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! Have a great week ahead!


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