May 4, 2008

A Tough Life for Stay-at-Home Moms?"

A Tough Life for Stay-at-Home Moms?"

an article by Dr. Laura on "A Tough Life for Stay-at-Home Moms?" Here's a snippet:

One of my recent callers came up with what I'm sure she thought was the singular most legitimate reason for not being a stay-at-home-mom: "... it's not all enjoyable." I kid you not, she actually said that, followed by, "... and I just don't seem to be able to do it well." She did say that being with the kids was fine, it was all the other stuff: housekeeping, shopping, cooking, and so forth - that were described as unrewarding and relentless and, well, just not enjoyable.

She also complained that she just couldn't do it all well. I asked her what part of putting dishes in the dishwasher and making sure the clothes got through the washer and dryer and back into drawers was too complicated for her? She laughed and said that she didn't know why it was hard for her to do it right - it just was. Mind you, this was all said with a tone that did not suggest she had great concern about doing any of it better.

Truth be told, whether coming from a man or a woman, this behavior is self-centered, and displays a character that knows little of honor, obligation and sacrifice. This is a mentality, rampant today, that speaks not of what "I can do for my family?" but only for "What will I get out of what I do for my family?"

Read the full article here:

No one ever said that marriage, homemaking, and motherhood would be easy, but if this is what God has called us to and we seek to glorify Him in and through this calling, there will be more fulfillment and rewards than we can ever imagine. Sure, that doesn't mean there won't be lots of hard work and sacrifice involved, but isn't that what the Christian life is all about? Dying to self so that God might be exalted in and through our lives.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." John 12:24


Shawna said...

Well said! When my 2nd baby was born, I was tired, probably a little depressed, and totally overwhelmed with my own selfishness. I didn't realize that this wife/mom thing was supposed to be so hard! A wiser, older friend gently told me one day, as I stood in my kitchen crying, that just because it was hard, didn't mean I was doing anything wrong! Rather, following Christ IS hard sometimes! Its funny, but I never thought of something as "basic" as being an at-home mom as "suffering" for Christ. That seemed like something that missionaries experienced, not stay=at-home moms! Boy, we sure do need those older Titus 2 women to give us wisdom sometimes!

Ransomed~Redeemed said...

AMEN Shawna! Thank you for commenting! What a gorgeous farm and family you Have! I love your blog! We have alot in common in how we school. I look forward to reading more about you. Bless you, Alida w4

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