I must confess. Sometimes I feel like I’m pulled in one million directions. I feel like the woman in this picture, trying to juggle all of life’s tasks. There is a constant struggle to manage it all. On the one hand, there’s work, which I believe is mission-driven and consistent with God’s plans for my life. On the other hand, there’s family, which is my top priority. However, finding the balance between the two is like trying to herd cats – it doesn’t come together easily.
I am wondering if there are others like me? Are there other women who desire to work outside of the home, but also possess a strong commitment to their family. Emphasis on strong where family is most important. I believe that this represents the heart of a homemaker. While some people believe that the terms homemaker and stay-at-home-mom are synonymous, they are not. While everyone may not be able or have the desire to stay-at-home with their family, anyone can be a homemaker. Most stay-at-home moms also happen to be homemakers, but even women who work everyday can have the heart of a homemaker in caring for their family.
Being a homemaker is about desiring to minister to your family and give them the very best. The principles come from Titus 2, which instruct over women to teach younger women to “love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands: (Titus 2:4-5). The principles here teach women to have notable character, to submit mutually to their husbands and to love and nurture their children. Practically speaking, though I work during the day, I seek to do all these things in the evenings, on the weekends and wherever I have spare time because I want to give my family the very best in God’s eyes.
Still, when considering the professional interests that I am passionate about, I wonder how women balance it all? I think society tells women that we have to choose between family and career. I am thinking about Yahoo’s new CEO who is also pregnant and declared that she probably will only take a few weeks off for maternity leave and will likely work through it. This is an instance where a woman has a high-level, demanding job that will require her to be extremely devoted to her job and she’s negotiating the boundaries between to work and family. I’m not yet at her level professionally, but I hope that I can find the balance to keep my family at the center and honor God through my home ministry. So, I’d love to hear from you. Can women truly have it all: career and family? How have you managed to balance the demands of family with other priorities? Please share your thoughts below. If you’ve enjoyed this article, please “like” my page on Facebook by clicking here; follow me on Twitter @thelovejourney7 or sign up below to receive email notifications.