Moms: Life’s Unsung Heroes

Moms: Life’s Unsung Heroes

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“Give me a generation of Christian mothers, and I will undertake to change the whole face of society.” –Lord Shaftesbury

“Every mother owes it to her children to accept Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, so that she may be the influence for good in the lives of those whom the Lord has graciously given to her.” –Billy Graham

The occupation of raising children seldom appears on a resume. Yet as the recipient of my mother’s nurture and care in a family of nine children, I believe mothering is the most important job in the world.

God’s design

In the U.S. alone, there are roughly 10.4 million stay-at-home moms, and 71% of all mothers work outside the home. But regardless of their circumstances, God’s design for them is to bless and support their families in a loving home environment.

Moms employ several occupational positions each day, including GM of the home, day care center teacher, lead supervisor and principal, housekeeper, laundry machine operator, nurse, bookkeeper, psychologist, taxi driver, food/beverage service worker, facility manager, janitor, recreational director, referee, computer operator, social media manager, FBI investigator, coach, and cheerleader.

It’s like a baseball player who is running hard around the bases—he can’t wait to get home safe.
In her article, “The Art of Homemaking,” author Jill Savage says,

“The word ‘homemaker’ is often considered passé. It brings about connotations of June Cleaver in the 1950s show Leave It to Beaver….The word ‘homemaking’ is a beautiful word. It describes ‘a person who makes a home.’ Anyone can keep house, but not everyone can make a home.”

Perhaps the secret to making a house a home is to realize that you’re not providing a hotel for travelers, but an emotionally safe and loving dwelling place for a family. It’s like a baseball player who is running hard around the bases—he can’t wait to get home safe. Make your home a daily destination so that your team can’t wait to come home.

Priceless to their families

According to Salary.com, “Stay-at-home moms work 91.6 hours a week.” Additionally, the site adds that if stay-at-home moms received a comparable marketplace salary for their homemaking and childrearing skills, their compensation would total $118,905 per year, or about $10,000 a month.

Mothers may be priceless to their families, but in reality, stay-at-home moms remain on call 24/7; they don’t qualify for Social Security benefits, pensions, or bonuses; and they must schedule in advance any anticipated sick leave!

Elisabeth Elliot offers this encouragement to moms:

“There are, the Bible tells us, differences of gifts and they’re all given according to God’s grace. If our calling is to be mothers, let’s be mothers with all our hearts—gladly, simply, and humbly, like that little peasant girl Mary, who spoke for all women for all time when she said, ‘Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to Thy word.'”

Proverbs 31 also describes this godly woman: “She is clothed with strength and dignity. Her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”

A high calling

The truth is, motherhood is a tough assignment! How can a mom possibly fulfill all the duties and responsibilities demanded of her? Perhaps by doing the one most important thing: take time, make time, and claim time for personal Bible study and prayer.

Learn again of the Lord’s unfailing love for you. Even reading one verse a day through a new Romans study may supply you with spiritual encouragement. You can join at DiscipleshipLiving.com.

The Lord will sustain you mothers by His grace. He will refresh you by His Spirit. He will renew you by His word. He will assure you that [tweetable]being a mom is a high calling from heaven, not to be forsaken.[/tweetable] Careers, positions, and titles will come and go, but the privilege of influencing your children comes once in a lifetime.

Do not lose heart. Payday will come.

Someday you will be rewarded richly when you see the fruit of all your labors in the lives of your grown children, and then your grandchildren. They will stand and bless you, and your husband will praise you.

You do the job that no one else can. Well done, Mom!

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