We hear the message over and over, from many different sources: Staying at home with your children is the right thing to do. Godly women stay home. The best moms are stay at home moms. The tide has definitely shifted from the days when stay at home moms were looked down on. I'm so glad that attitudes have changed when it comes to mothers who choose not to work outside the home. Staying home with your children is an amazing, incredible experience - I know because I did it for almost four years.
But what about those of us who can't afford to stay home? What about the moms who spent years building their career and don't want to walk away from it? What about the moms who truly feel that God has called them to their work? Where do Christian working moms turn for support? The tide has turned in support of staying at home - but it's turned so much that Christian working moms, who have a foot in two worlds, often feel left out in the cold. So many times, the message now seems to be that if you're not staying home, you're not a good enough mom.
I've searched for online resources and books for Christian working moms, and I've found that they are few and far between. Many offer ways to reduce your spending and tell you that you can tighten your belt and stay home, or they offer ideas for starting your own home business. For us, that's not option...unless we sell our 1,600 square foot house and live off ramen noodles and hot dogs. I need real, practical advice on how to balance my life - family, home, work, church, and everything else I juggle in a day.
After months of wondering where all the resources are and not finding them, I decided to start building my own resources. I've talked to many other moms who feel the same way. I'm very excited to start my new weekly feature, Working with Delight. Proverbs 31:13 describes a Godly woman, saying, "She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight." As Christian working moms, it's my prayer that we'll learn to find delight in the roles that God has led us to. I'm looking forward to sharing resources, interviews, guest posts and more!
I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas! You can connect with me through comments, email me at amandablogs79(at)yahoo(dot)com, or Tweet me @amandablogs.