Except that lately I’ve noticed how a lot of these women are feeling guilty about not working outside the home, not going to their church’s women’s Bible study, not volunteering for every little ministry, etc… Even when they’re burnt out at the end of a long, tiring day of diaper blowouts, meal preparation, and extended math issues they still feel like they haven’t done enough because all they did was mother, teach, and wife all day long.
All they did? I don’t understand this type of guilty thinking.
Moms! Listen up!
If you are training your children in the way they should go, providing a comfortable place for your husband to come home to; feeding your kids daily with The Word, nourishing food, and the occasional cinnamon roll, well…
You are doing everything you need to be doing.
All that other stuff…
Well, it just extra.
There are seasons in our lives. And some of those seasons mean we can’t do the extras.
There will be time for that stuff later, when our babies are bigger, when our kids move out, when this season of our life is over and there are younger women who need assistance in this same place.
But for right now, my family is my first priority. My ministry. My focus.
I’m either training a toddler to sit through church quietly, very pregnant and exhausted, or toting around a nursling. I don’t always have time to worry about what chapter I’m supposed to be on for the women’s book study, or what preparations I need to have ready to teach a Sunday school class. I’m not saying these things are bad or wrong - but for many women they have become a hinderance to their God given role as wife and mom.
This precious time in a mother’s life won’t last forever. Babies grow into toddlers, who grow into small people, who grow into adults, who go off and start their own families. Mothers need to stop feeling guilty and start living in this season before it’s gone and over with forever.
Because one day it will be gone and over with forever.