May 7, 2009

A Working Mother

Written by Boyd Bailey

A Working Mother… “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, their choice, or a combination of both, work outside the home. God has gifted them to invest in the marketplace in a manner that is productive in business and that blesses their home. It is 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? Maybe an anonymous financial gift, or involve 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.

Moreover, 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/or describe the importance of your faith in the Lord. “If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15 NLT).

Working mothers bring grace, wisdom and stability to their 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. Their Savior is smiling and so should we. “Who do I know that I can encourage in her career by connecting her to a mentor?” “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10 NASB).

Related Readings: Psalm 144:12; Jeremiah 32:9; Acts 16:11-40

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