How do you walk in your purpose as a Stay-At-Home-Mum?
By: Ann Hale
Contributing Writer From Fruitful Creativities
For almost 4 years now, I’ve been a stay-at-home-mum. And in all honesty, it’s been a journey of continuously searching my purpose in life. As if being a mum just wasn’t enough. Until recently.
These feelings of not being enough, not being important, manifested itself in searching for a job I could do from home. I tried 2 online businesses, but they were both short-lived.
My search stopped after praying to God who showed me some very wise words (which I’ll share next) and it changed my entire perspective. Slowly, I was able to find my God-given purpose as a stay-at-home-mum.
If you’re still searching how to walk in your purpose as a SAHM, try these 4 easy steps.
How to Walk in Purpose As a Stay At Home Mom
1. Pray and Pray Some More
I know, this sounds like such an easy step to do… just pray and you’ll know how to walk in your purpose. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy.
This could be because God doesn’t always reply straight away, but I think it’s mostly because we simply struggle to listen and/or hear His instructions.
I look back at my failed attempts of starting an online business as a ‘little’ something on the side, and realise that God never intended me to walk that way. I thought He did, but really it was my own desire to feel more ‘useful’… I guess. How little did I realise that I was already being more than useful enough!
So, during this time, I started praying more – and harder – for some direction in life. A way to find my purpose and to walk in my purpose.
That’s when God replied and showed me the following statement: ‘Our work for Christ is to begin with the family, in the home… There is no missionary more important than this’. It actually became my main focus in my life and my current blog. Because you know what? It’s so true!
I was already fulfilling my purpose as a stay-at-home-mum without actually realising it! I believe this happened because of the misconceptions society has about mothers who stay home and look after the kids. Which brings me to my next point…
2. Let Go of Misconceptions About Being a Stay-at-Home-Mum
Hands up if anyone ever told you this: ‘Oh, you stay at home with the kids? So awesome, you can relax all day!’
And there you are… wondering why you’re always so tired… why your to-do-list seems never ending… why the house always seems like a mess although you just cleaned… why at times you want to hide simply to breathe and to relax (how do they always find you?)… So what do they mean with ‘you can relax all day’??
Being a SAHM is mostly so under-appreciated. Most people think it’s a piece-of-cake to stay home looking after the children and run the household all day.
Even my own husband had to admit it was hard work taking care of a preschooler while I was recovering from surgery.
No wonder SAHMs feel like they don’t walk in purpose, like what they do isn’t important enough! Their duties often feel like such exhausting and thankless jobs.
It’s time to let go of these misconceptions once and for all! God blessed us with motherhood and He wants us to do our very best raising His children.
Our mission, our purpose is to raise children for the army of the Lord. Then they themselves can learn to walk with faith in their own purpose God has designed for them.
3. Remember What Is Most Important – Your First Duty as a Mum
Do you know what your first duty is as a mum? Yep, you’re right… raising your children! We need to remember that our children come first above any other worldly service or desire outside of the family.
Our children should be taught all about Jesus, about obeying the commandments, about being kind and caring people. This can only be accomplished if we ourselves set an example God approves.
As mums, we need to pray earnestly for help when raising our little ones. In prayer, take your children before the throne and plead for the Lord’s blessings upon them. Your earnest prayers for your children may hold them back from the power of temptation and from indulging in sin.
4. Christ Encourages All Mothers
Do you remember the story where the disciples rebuked the mothers for bringing their children to Jesus?
They thought that the Master was too busy to be interrupted by little children, but Jesus said: ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 19:13-15 KJV).
How happy would those mums have been that Jesus took time to set their children on His knee and pray for them!
He still does this today. Mothers from all over the world can go to Jesus and bring their children before Him.
He will bless these little ones while encouraging the mums to continue with hope and joy, to walk in their purpose as stay-at-home-mums.
Related Articles for Mums Wanting to Walk In Your Purpose:
- 7 Easy Steps to a Daily Prayer Life (For the Busy Mum)
- 10 Effective Prayer Strategies As a Busy Mum
- 15 Powerful Bible Verses For the Struggling Moms
Ann lives in sunny Queensland (Australia) with her husband, daughter, and 2 cats. This stay-at-home-mum loves Jesus, studying the Bible (especially prophecy), and being creative. She started her blog ‘Fruitful Creativities’ in 2019 with the main focus to teach young children about Jesus in a fun and creative way.