Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Just a Stay-at-Home Mom"

If you want to know how to quickly get on my nerves, try ridiculing the stay at home mom.  That kind of derisive and ignorant comment usually reveals utterly self-absorbed people, caught-up by the lie of materialism.  They're also frequently without a substantive moral compass, since they have so thoroughly embraced the Culture of Death which seeks to undermine the value of new life and the profound role and gift of motherhood.  Unfortunately, though, I seem to hear this sentiment expressed more and more these days by people who really should know better.  

Am I saying that all mothers are worthy of praise?  While, of course, that's not the case, it is indeed a sad and tragic thing that society places so little value on such an important and vital role.  As C.S. Lewis reminded us, "The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career." 

I realize that not all mothers can afford to stay home to raise their children, but I suggest that many times working outside of the home can be avoided or delayed by careful budgeting and simple living.  After all, fifty-years hence, your children won't remember that second car, high definition television, or other luxuries.  No, they will, however, remember the love of their mother and father in the home.  Love and laughter of a Christ-centered family is what it's all about.  Something to think about.  ...Now, husbands, I hope you will go thank your wife--and your mothers, too.

Proverbs 31:10-31

New International Version (NIV)

 10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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  1. Thanks to those who tried to make comments on the blog itself. For some reason, they're not coming through.