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I showed this comic to Andy today and he said, "There's nothing funny about that."
I replied, "No, there's not. But it is the way so many women feel. Stay-at-home moms can feel like they're not living up to their potential. They feel empty."
This Sunday Filipe preached a sermon about restoring honor to motherhood. He described how, in times past, being a mother was a desirable role, something that young women would aspire toward. Children were a symbol of blessing, and women who were unable to bear children felt as if they were being cursed or punished.
Today, people often see motherhood as a limitation. There is so much pressure on women to work outside of the home, to prove themselves, to help provide for their families, etc... Women who stay home to raise their children often feel like (or are blatantly told) they are "wasting their potential". Nothing could be further from the truth!
In the Bible, women are specifically instructed to "love their husbands and children" and "to be busy at home." (Titus 2) Everything else in our lives needs to fall in under those specific commands. God values mothers and places a high priority on the role of motherhood. We would be wise to do the same.
One thing is for sure, children require A LOT of training. That is why, over and over again in the book of Proverbs, the Bible instructs parents to be intentional about training their children. This kind of training requires more time and energy than a couple hours in the evening with exhausted parents and exhausted children.
So, to all you stay-at-home moms out there, you have a worthy calling. Invest everything you've got into your kids! Let your most creative energy be focused on raising up kids who glorify God. Thank God for every minute you get to spend with those children, even if it's doing the most menial tasks...there are so many working moms who would love to be in your position. And what Elly Patterson in the comic strip above needed to know was, as you pour yourself out, you've got to let God fill you up! Press on, Warrior Princess! You have a high calling!