Being a stay at home mom was not part of my plan. It was God’s plan for me though and you can read my story about becoming a stay at home mom here.
Ultimately God calls us to be stay at home moms. We see throughout the bible God telling parents to raise their children in the Lord, from the rising of the sun and throughout each and every day. If the majority of our kids’ time is not spent with us, how are we fulfilling this calling?
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”Deuteronomy 11:18-21“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
Stay at Home Mom Facts
FACT: Being a stay at home mom is not all fun and games.
While there are times the fun and games ar ein abundance, more often than not it’s about training…praying…breathing…and…repeating…
FACT: The days begin early.
Whether it be a crying baby, a toddler prying open your eyes with their fingers or older kids getting their breakfast; the day requires running from the start…and coffee…lots of coffee…
FACT: Stay at home moms clean constantly.
As a working mom, I used to think my house was never clean…how naive I was. Being home all day with the kids means the cleaning never ends. You become happy with maintaining the clutter during the week and strive to “deep clean” on the weekend…just like a working mom.
FACT: Nap times are never love enough.
Whether you’re trying to tidy up or just want to sit and enjoy some peace and quiet…this down time is never long enough…just like a lunch break is never long enough.
The Reasons We Become Stay at Home Moms
As a stay at home mom we wonder how we can possibly get more done in our days, but I’m quickly reminded that we didn’t become stay at home moms to keep our houses cleaner or cook Betty Crocker worthy meals…
God called us home to raise, nurture and love our children. Our kids are the reason we made the choice to come home full time. We’ve made financial and social sacrifices to care for the little blessings God has given us.
Life doesn’t always go as we planned, (I know this first hand)…things like divorce, remarriage, separation, unwed mothering, and being a single mom at times require a working mom. It is during the times when being a stay at home mom is not possible that we must be constant in prayer for our children. Striving to do our best by placing them in Christian day care and/or schools to ensure they’re being taught of the Lord and His ways when we’re at work providing for their needs.
Wherever you are on your motherhood journey, ensure that you are cherishing and spending quality time with the little blessings God has given you. If you’re a working mom that desires to come home and raise your children as God designed us too, pray…and don’t stop until the prayer is answered. I will be praying for you.