Have you felt called to serve God as a stay-at-home mom? When it feels like all you are is a maid and a housewife, you may begin to question if you are truly obeying His calling. Whether you are looking for advice or just a little reassurance that you are on the right path, here are 6 practical ways to serve God as a Stay at Home Mom.
Just after my daughter was born, I remember holding her little body and thinking ‘This is what I was made to do.’ Without a shadow of a doubt, I knew I was meant to be her mama. I felt like after years of questioning what God was calling me to, I had finally found it; Motherhood.
A few months later, I became restless again and wondered if changing diapers and nursing around the clock was ACTUALLY my calling. As each day bled into the next, I felt useless for His kingdom. These mundane tasks made me question if I was serving God as a stay at home mom.
Today, I’m going to share parts of my study in hopes of helping you see that the laundry means more than just folding clothes.
How to Serve God as a Stay at Home Mom
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1. Loving your Family
As I’m writing this, it feels too simple. But time and time again, I feel God calling me to just LOVE my family. By being a stay-at-home-mom, I get to love them through ALL the good and bad. I’m there to nurture and comfort, discipline, and guide.
When I look at Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus shares with us the greatest command of all; to love. This is truly the cornerstone of Christianity.
By simply loving our family we are giving them a space to belong and feel free to be the person God made them to be.
Next time your little one needs a cuddle or your kiddo needs some comfort, know that THIS is serving Him.
2. With Meals and the Dinner Table
Even for those of us who love to cook, preparing three meals a day can get monotonous. It’s easy to question if this is serving God.
But I don’t think that serving God is in the action of cooking dinner, it’s in the intention.
There are two ways I look at this:
- The time spent with your family while preparing meals.
- The moments of connection at the dinner table.
Jesus used meals and the table to connect with His followers (Matthew 26:17-30). I believe this was a representation of how we were supposed to make memories and find conversation with our family.
It’s not about what you make for each meal, rather how the time is spent loving on our family.
3. Being an Example of Christ
A few years ago, I was reading through the gospels and had a HUGE ah-ha moment. Jesus didn’t want us to just preach the truth, more importantly, He wanted us to model it.
I think this is even more important when it comes to teaching our children. They are little sponges who are constantly observing our every move. It’s our job as a mom to show Christ not just from our mouths, but through our actions and in everything we do.
When I realized this, my heart almost sank because I knew how imperfect I was. There was no way I could model Christ to my children without slipping up.
I want to let you in on a little secret, it’s how we respond to our mistakes that matters. We will mess up more times than we get it right. This is why God sent Jesus, to be the perfect model of Him.
In these moments of weakness, we can point to Him and show our kids what it looks like to be given grace. This is one of the most beautiful gifts our children can learn and it’s all through our example.
4. Teaching Your Children
Again, this might be another obvious way to serve God. But, I feel like this is often taken lightly.
In Proverbs 22:6 it says “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
We assume as parents that we need to teach our children what is right vs wrong. I think every mom can agree to this. But as a Christian mom, we get to teach our children about what it looks like to be Christ-Like. There isn’t a daycare provider or teacher that is going to instill this in them. It’s up to us.
I have found myself going through the motions of the mundane tasks and huffing and puffing about them. I’m so caught up in getting everything done, that I forget to look for the moments to teach my daughter.
Being intentional about ‘Training up your child in the way he should go’ is something we need to make more of a priority.
5. Building Up + Supporting Your Family
This actually comes from Proverbs 14:1 “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears her down.”
We all want to be the wise woman, but how often are we being the foolish one? What does it mean to build up your home?
After doing some studying, I believe He is talking about our presence and interaction with our family. This means having a spirit of joy, where we are seeking goodness for everyone.
As I was studying this, I felt the Lord convicting my heart of the ugliness and foolishness that consumed me. For years, I have been focused on what I want, what I need, and what matters to me!
This lead me to desire a heart to seek God’s wants first. To stop focusing on all that’s “wrong” with our family and start paying attention to what each person needs. I needed work on building an atmosphere of joy and peace so that everyone could thrive.
Everyone thriving for His kingdom is the MOST important part of how we can serve God.
6. By Being Prayerful
I love to think of prayer as the ‘secret’ way I serve Him. These are those little moments when you notice your home needs His presence and you sneak away to talk with God.
Years ago, I was given this analogy about prayer: Prayer is like snowflakes. One doesn’t really matter, but after a while, they start to build up.
At the moment, it may feel like your prayers are unheard and may even go unanswered for quite some time, but these will accumulate over time. He hears you, always.
I’ve started being intentional about noticing when someone in my family needs prayer. Instead of worrying, getting upset, or hemming and hawing, I sneak away to talk with Him.
Prayer is an opportunity to lift your family up and walk away feeling like you know how to support them. This will help us to build our home by choosing godliness over being foolish.
It is truly such an honor when God calls you to stay home with your kids. Although at first it can feel overwhelming and even boring at times, there are so many ways you are serving God as a stay at home mom. When you apply these practical tips, you will find yourself feeling at peace knowing that you are doing what God has called you to.
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