What is a work-at-home Mom?
It’s a blessing to get to be home with my son. Bottom line. It is the biggest blessing of my lifetime because I value what I am doing, my husband values what I am doing and what I am doing is important.
However, I have to be honest, there came a point when my brain turned to gelatin. I needed the stimulation of creativity. I was used to going to a job and writing all day long. It is what I loved to do and I missed it.
I just had two problems, one the newspaper industry has been in decline for years. I probably will never have another job as a journalist again and I have had to make myself be okay with that.
The second problem, I don’t want to leave my child for a day.
So I sat down with a notebook and set about developing a plan of action. What were my marketable skills? How could I turn them into a money making opportunity? And what would my day look like?
Before I did anything I had to ask myself, what is a work-at-home mom? What does that mean to me? And for me the answer was clear. I read Proverbs 31 and I asked myself how I could live like the Proverbs 31 woman? Run my home? Raise my children and run a businesses like a Proverbs 31 woman?
Well, I can’t do it alone. It takes constant prayer. Each morning, before my feet hit the floor I have to ask the Lord to show me what my priorities need to be that day. And many days I fail.
Not because I am working or not working. Because I am human. I am a flawed, imperfect, failing human.
But I am doing my best. God calls us to perfection. “Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect,” Matthew 5:48.
But I also know when I fail He will forgive me. “If we tell Him our sins, He is faithful and we can depend on Him to forgive us of our sins. He will make our lives clean from all sin,” 1 John 1:9.
So as I entered my day as a work-at-home mom I had to make myself remember these two things and it’s a constant struggle to balance, but I manage.
Tomorrow- Find Your Niche