Written by Pastor A. Steven Parks
I know that being a “stay-at-home mom” is often frowned upon in our modern world, but don’t listen to the naysayers. Your work is essential. Your work is necessary. Your work is priceless. Yes, wiping noses, along with various other wipeable areas, isn’t the most enjoyable past time. Cooking meals that little noses turn up at is frustrating. Cleaning the house multiple times a day because you live with a tornado (toddler) is exhausting. Washing clothes that you know were never worn is beyond annoying. Sitting up all night with a nauseous, feverish child crying in your face while your husband is snoring in the other room isn’t fun by any standard. Not being able to find five minutes of alone time from 6am to 10pm, even to go to the bathroom, would make anyone go crazy. It’s often mundane and maddening.
But be of good cheer; you have been granted by God the honor and privilege of nurturing and developing the next generation. You are life-givers. Your oft-thankless work is not in vain. Your kind words and gentle touch endear the hearts of your children to your own. Your soft face and loving kisses are never forgotten. Your wise words of advice will echo in your children’s ears as long as they live. The saying is true; the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
Your value in the home cannot be overstated. So use your position and influence to glorify God. Love your husband. Submit to his leadership in the home. Respect his sacrifices and lovingly encourage him to be a godlier man. Train your children. Raise them in the fear and instruction of the Lord. No daycare or school teacher can do what you can do in the life of your children. Push forward. Embrace traditional, biblical mother/womanhood. As the Bible says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her!” No corporate office or executive board can deliver those lofty benefits.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.