I cannot tell you how many times deeply faithful women have confided to me the pressure they feel not to work. Either from some folks in their church, from a pastor, or from various relatives, they are told that “Godly Women” should stay home. Today’s post is for these women.
I’ll link to two essays, one by a Muslim writer, one by a Christian, about what our holy books say about women working outside the home. I thought both of these essays were thoughtful, well-researched and heartfelt. (I’m still looking for a good Judaic and a Hindu scholar on this… if you know of one, please message me so I can read and post.)
Mamma, you can love God, love your family and do a fabulous job at the work you do for pay. Your children will still love you, your husband will still love you and your God will still love you. Whether or not we work is not some sort of magical on-off switch that defines our level of goodness as a mother. Life is infinitely more complicated than that.
Yes, tragically, there are working moms who neglect their families. There are stay-at-home moms who neglect their families too. There are also working moms who are fabulously devoted to kids, husband and hearth — women who arrive back home from their outside work delighted to be home, and determined to make it a place full of love and energy. I like to think I am just such a woman. Maybe you are too?
Whether or not we work is not the sole determinant of how good we are as a mom. Check out the links I’ll post today to see what our Good Books say.
Be blessed Mamma, and bless your family.
Essay by Christian Mom on what the bible says about moms working: http://www.kimberlychastain.com/articles/biblesay.htm
Essay by Muslim Mom on what the Quran says about moms working: http://www.mwlusa.org/topics/rights/econrights.html