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January 22, 2013

Confession Time for this At-Home Mom

It seems that when "mommies" get together, it is best to avoid certain topics - such as vaccines, breastfeeding, sleep routines, etc. - but there also seems to be another unspoken rule: "Moms who work outside the home are allowed to complain about their day-to-day; while stay-at-home moms (no matter how many children they have or what additional part-time work tasks they might be completing from home) must sit and smile sweetly and respond with something along the lines of, 'I just don't know how you do it!'."

I recently crossed paths with an acquaintance who said to me, "I can not wait to be a stay-at-home mom! It must give you a lot of time to work on Pinterest projects and cook great meals for your family!" Yes, folks, after that interaction, I truly believed I had encountered one of the most clueless people on the planet. The fact is - no matter what your life situation - whether you are single, a single parent, married without children, married with children and working outside the home, married with children and working within the home, an empty-nester, or widowed, your life is most likely busy and full. You have stressful days, difficult moments, thoughts/emotions that you battle with often, etc. and for someone to disregard that and act is if you "have it is easy" can often be a sign of their insecurities - so I've learned to not let it bother me, but it hasn't been until recently that I've learned that it is okay to ask for help.

What?! A stay-at-home mom asking for help?! Yes, dear readers. You have heard it here. It seems that so many at-home moms feel guilty about needing and asking for assistance - they feel they should be able to do it all on their own. Why do we put this pressure on ourselves? Why do we feel guilty if we aren't working on Pinterest projects and cooking gourmet meals - on top of everything else?

Recently, I have read a number of books that have provided great encouragement for me as a woman, a wife, and a mom. I am so thankful for Christian authors that write in a way that is a honest and real - in a way that infuses you with strength because they have lead you to the Word.  In each of these books - at some point - the reader was urged to ask for help if/where they feel they need it, and while it took several whispers from the Father, I have come to the place where I admit that I can not do everything I long to do on my own. I need help. So, first of all, I've asked the Holy Spirit to fill me with His strength and His power - What a difference this prayer can make in the course of anyone's day - and secondly, I have started making some phone calls. I have taken the initiative to seek out assistance in the areas where I feel my personality and my family situation would benefit.

Are you tired of trying to do everything on our own?

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is impossible.

Seek the Father!

Then, make a few phone calls.

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