Many women seem to be worried about being bored at home, so they stay in the workforce. I was in the workforce before going home full time. I often was bored in the workforce. It consisted of doing the same things over and over, yet I was in a place far away from my baby and my home. I would far rather be bored in my own home with my children by my side.
Boredom is WAY overrated, women. It’s okay to be bored. I remember hearing a good phrase: “Only the boring get bored.” One thing I learned to do is to never, ever dwell on whether I am bored or not. I accept my circumstances and do my best to remain thankful and joyful in the midst of them. I was just on my back for ten days with shingles. It is easy to get bored when sick and stuck in one place. But I had determined long ago to not think about this. It takes continually renewing our minds with truth and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Being home with your children is where God wants you to be. Life isn’t about not being bored and having a thrilling life as Hollywood and feminists want you to believe. No, life is about obeying God and glorifying Him in all that we do. How do we glorify Him? Obey what He commands including be thankful and not grumbling. Find joy in your circumstances as the Apostle Paul did!
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
We are to be lovers of God rather than lovers of pleasure. Our culture seeks constantly after pleasure. This is why we see so much destruction in our culture. Seeking pleasure brings short-term gain but often results in long-term pain. Be in God’s Word daily. Renew your mind with Truth. Dwell on the good and the lovely. Have Bible verses memorized to replace negative, ungrateful thoughts. Listen to hymns and good theological songs. Let your children see you praising and thanking the Lord.
Learn to work hard in your home. Learn to cook healthy food for your family. Keep your home as clean and tidy as you can. Teach your children to help you from a young age. Read good books to them. Be outside as often as possible. They need the fresh air and sunshine. So do you! Take up hobbies in your home if you have time that benefit your family like sewing, crocheting, knitting, canning, and so on. Be creative! I cross-stitched two of my children’s Christmas stockings (shown in the picture above), sewed some of their clothes, and I took up a Tole painting class when my children were young before I got sick. I loved it. I painted this nativity scene!
Your work at home is good, mothers. God wants you to raise godly offspring and in order to do this, you must be with your children consistently. Your presence helps your children to grow up to be secure and emotionally stable adults. Remember, there is no greater joy than to have children who walk in truth.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
3 John 1:4