Friday, March 9, 2012

Following Jesus ~ Tips for the Working Mom

I've been seeing a lot of debate latley, on the news and even on some blogs...whether to work or stay home. I tell you what, I am a stay at home mom but only by the Grace of God. I wasn't always a stay at home mom and girl if you have to work then more power to you because I've been there! I think it's really sad the guilt put on us moms ~ you are providing for your family, don't let anyone make you feel guilty about that.

I worked for a bank for 6 years. My kids are still little they were 2 and 3 when I quit. It's been almost exactly a year since I left that job. I can't believe how time flies. When I rededicated my life to Jesus I was amazed at how deep I was in the office drama. God really opened my eyes to following Him instead of the Office ways. Teaching my kids about Jesus was also a challenge but thank God we had a good Christian Babysitter that got the ball rolling with them. If you're in the same boat I was I have a few tips for you on following Jesus instead of the world while you are working.

Jesus said you have to be in the world but NOT of this world and I can see how that really comes into play with the working mom. If you work in an office I'm sure there's gossip all around. Try to avoid this at all costs.

People will never want to meet your Jesus until they see the reality of Him in your life.

1) Talk about Jesus, start small but let people know who you serve, my boss was a Christian but she didn't live like it and I really saw some amazing growth in her just by sharing my story of faith with her every day, you never know how God is going to use you until you let Him.
2) Bring headphones to work (if you are able) to avoid the gossip, listen to praise and worship music while you work. The day goes so much faster and if you really don't enjoy your job this will lift your mood and your spirit a lot.
3) If you get a lunch break bring your Bible on your lunch and read a chapter or two while you're on you're lunch ~ I got to work super early every morning so I had my quiet time before work and during lunch, it helped me get through the day and ignore the drama my office was involved in.
4) Find another believer and make friends. If you don't know who is a believer and who's not ask God to reveal this to you. I promise He will, two is better than one and when you get to know each other that encouragement will be priceless.
5) God has put you in that job for a purpose. Nothing happens without God's OK, You are in that job to serve HIM so ask God to reveal to you every day what He wants you to do, serve Him and give Him the glory during your day.

I worked at a desk all day and my mind was basically fried when I got home but even if this is you there is a balance to raising kids and to working, here are a few tips for teaching your kids about Jesus even as a working mom.

1) I know mornings are a rush sometimes so use dinner times for family devotional times. Read a verse or a story from the Bible and talk about it with your family, the kids will be still while they are eating and even if they don't seem like they are listening, they really are.
2) Turn on praise and worship music low while you eat, use this time to talk as a family about your day.
3) After dinner, instead of turning on the tv play a family board game ~ how does this serve Jesus, you may ask~ it's about family time, the world tries to steal our children's hearts while they are at school so we must steal it back the few hours we have with them at night.
4) Encourage your child to take their Bible to school and read a little while they are on lunch, even a devotional.
5) Say nightly prayers with your kids, pray for your children, talk to them about what Jesus expects and how much He loves them and that He's with them during their day.

I can tell you from experience that if you leave work at work and you are a mom and wife at home your evenings will be a lot less stressful.

Following Jesus even while you work is possible, God has you in this season for a reason and it's important that whatever you do, whether in word or deed, you do it all for the Glory of God. Col 3:23


  1. Great encouragement Mandy! So many bash the working mom when we should be encouraging her.

  2. Mandy, you have given some mighty powerful tips. I know they will help the working mothers in some way if not in all these. Working mothers need prayer daily, it is hard for them to be away from their children. Thanks for a great post.

    Blessings to you.

  3. Mandy~ Wonderfully encouraging post! I serve/work for our church's preschool, so I engage with many working moms, some who are single moms. Now there's a tough road! It's hard enough having a caring spouse along this road of life and parenting, but to do it all alone is really hard! Also, there is "office drama" all over; even in ministry work!!! So these are wonderful encouragements for ALL OF US! Thanks!


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