How Can Busy Moms At Home Manage To Serve Others?
There is a great fog that surrounds moms with newborns and toddlers at home. As kids are older – looking back on old videos brings to mind those days where showers were few, the house was a constant disaster and more often than not there was spit-up on my clothes or in my hair (so gross).
Those days can often seem difficult, lonely, mundane. Often moms feel like they’re operating in an isolated bubble, disconnected from everyone. They still want to serve others, but what could that look like with their littles in tow?
Here are a few things that may work for this particular season:
That seems so simple, right? Before having children, some moms may not rely as much on faith in or understanding of prayer. The book, A Praying Life by Paul Miller, can be helpful in getting started. When you are stinky, sleep-deprived and bound to your couch while you nurse your infant, you can still pray. As you scan through Facebook and read status updates, you can pray. When you are up at 4 a.m. and all is quiet, you can pray. As you are walking around your neighborhood pushing the stroller along, you can ask God to move in the hearts of these people. Anywhere and at all times, we can pray . . . and God has so much that He intends to do through the prayers of His saints.
2. Write Encouraging Letters, Texts, And Emails
Who doesn’t want to do a better job at this? In just a few minutes, you can write thoughtful words and send them to someone. People on the receiving end of these words, even three sentences jotted down or a short text can make such an impact. Other moms like you, out there, feeling alone or struggling with how God is working in them, may also need to be reminded of all the Truth that you need in this season. And as you write, more often than not, God is reminding you as well. So many times while texting something about God’s sovereignty and His ”working all things for our good and His glory” – the author realizes that yes, this is true, right here - even right now.
Likely, there are people that you are connected to that are sick, or having babies, or having a difficult time, and they could use a meal dropped off at the door so there is one less thing they need to worry about in a day. Now, signing up to deliver a meal – it is often the only single thing that moms plan to get done that day. Between naps and changing diapers and tantrums –it can seem impossible to get even one thing accomplished. But, when people receive meals in times of transition or grieving, it means so much to them that you have made such an effort for them, in your circumstance. They feel so loved by people showing up and hugging them, giving food and caring about their life circumstance.
4. Have People Live With You
This is obviously a little more involved than the previous ideas. It is both wonderful and difficult; it both blesses you and stretches you. Some families have had other people live in their home during busy seasons, including when they had littls babies. They've hosted women who were college students, family members or about-to-be-marrieds. Though opening up their home does provide a room and a bed, it also serves people by allowing them into your lives, to be part of a family; many have found this so much more the blessing.
Being a mom with young kids at home is a special season with all sorts of wonders and joys, and limits and responsibilities. Some days, serving your family and keeping the kids alive is all you can do. But, other days there is grace to do a little more and to serve the Body, even amidst the craziness and chaos.