Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 7, 2016
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:16-17
Many moms, out of necessity or choice or a combination of both, work inside and outside the home. God has gifted them to invest in the marketplace in a manner that is productive in business and blesses their home. It’s not easy to juggle two full-time jobs, but Christ gives them the grace to carry on. Single moms in particular face challenges most of us cannot understand. They need prayer, encouragement, strength, and support.
Who do you know who is a single mom? How can you serve them with an anonymous financial gift, or by involving your children in helping with her yard work? A woman who carries all the domestic and marketplace responsibilities needs a community of Christ followers as friends and confidants. If you are a child of a single mom, take the initiative to work around the house and outside the home. Support her with service. You love your mom well by living well (behaving).
“If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15 NLT).
As a working mom do you see your workplace as your ministry, or just a way to make a living? Working moms have a unique opportunity to represent Christ in their career. People will ask, “How do you balance work and home responsibilities?” This is an open door to brag on your husband’s support, and describe the importance of your faith in the Lord.
Working mothers bring grace, wisdom, and stability to work environments. If you are an employer encourage them with flexible time schedules and bonuses for a job well done. Facilitate for them a career culture that keeps family first when life/work priorities clash. Working moms deserve recognition and reward. Tell your mom how much you love her and thank God for her sacrificial love for you. Pray for the Lord’s strength to support her.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10 NASB).
PrayerWho do I know whom I can encourage in her career by connecting her to a mentor?
Related ReadingPsalm 144:12; Jeremiah 32:9; Acts 16:11-40
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