The current state of our economy has forced many stay at home moms to reconsider their post. Many have made changes that have included cutting back on luxuries such as shopping, eating out, and extracurricular activities. There have been millions of coupons clipped to save here and cut back there, but sometimes all of that is still not enough. There are also a number of moms who have made the sacrifice of having a steady career to raise a family. But what happens your spouse's income simply doesn't exceed the amount of debt, bills, and expenses? There is a lot to be said for being still and trusting the Lord to supply all your needs but sometimes that trust includes seeking his wisdom and direction.
The amount of guilt any mom can feel when considering her work options can be daunting and prove to be equally as challenging as the lack of sufficient funds. We can take a look at Proverbs 31 to find encouragement and strength on how to access and deal with this situation. Proverbs 31 describes a truly good wife as wise and that she knows how to provide for her family. She is business savvy and works hard to help support her husband's provision. It doesn't say that she takes his place, but rather she knows her place and is dependable and he can count on her. All of us are gifted at something and it could be the very thing that helps your family find financial stability. We are to ask God for wisdom on how to help support our family. With the progression of the internet, many women are able to find work from home options that enable them to still be at home but also contribute financially.
There are a number of ways to address this problem and find viable options that may work for you and your family. First, pray and ask God for wisdom. Ask him to reveal your gifts and talents. If you happen to know what they are, then pray for the cultivation of those gifts and talents. Whatever we do, we want to make sure that it is in excellence and done in such a way that glorifies God. For those of you who may be able to provide service, check out sites like Fiverr or Odesk, where you can advertise your services as an independent contractor/freelancer. New options have been added to promote your services on social networking sites. If you are a hoarder of clothes, electronics, or furniture, try selling your items on sites like Ebay or Craigslist. You may think that this is a glorified way of yard selling, but you would be surprised at what people will buy. Even if you only sold something for a few bucks, it is a few bucks you didn't have before you sold it. Furthermore, we should practice the art of not being emotionally attached to things and practice Proverbs 31:18 "She knows when to buy or sell". Lastly, if those options do not provide the financial supplement you need, then pray and ask God for the right job to take. Ask him to provide the kind of caregiver for your children that would ease the transition back to work. There should be no guilt in finding ways to help provide for your family whether you are at home or outside the home. A lot of times finances are not a matter of dollars and sense as much as it is WISDOM.
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