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The One Tip That Allowed Me to Become A Work At Home Mom

Last year I was in the middle of a great career. I was an Executive Assistant at a large hospital. I loved my job and I loved the people I worked with. Then something happened. That saying “two pink lines change everything”…well they did, or they would, I just didn’t realize it at the time. My entire pregnancy I just knew I would return to work.

I would take a 4 month maternity leave, then one day just be completely fine with leaving my little at daycare and going back to a job I loved.

Oh, how the Lord completely wrecks our plans. If I have learned one thing since I have been a mom, it is this–don’t make plans. You see, I am a planner by nature. Heck, my background is in EVENT PLANNING. It’s what I love to do, I thrive on planning…and drive almost everyone I know nuts in the process (sorry guys!).

the one tip that allowed me to become a work at home mom

Fast forward to December. Our sweet little one arrived. After a pretty rough, unplanned C-section, he was here! That first cry, the first time you hold them in your arms…people talk about it, but it’s something that’s hard to describe until you experience it. I can remember sitting in our living room, about a month postpartum, and crying, wondering how I could leave him to return to work. That afternoon, my husband came home and we had a long talk about what we felt the Lord was calling us to do and where the Lord was calling me to be. We both felt that I was being called to be at home with our little one. We began discussing ways for us to make up for my loss of income and if we could really make it work…and we began praying, really hard. At that point, being a work at home mom was really nothing more than just a far-fetched dream.

 

One week later, my husband called me and told me that he had been laid off. Ok, Lord, really? Again, we prayed. Really hard.

I won’t bore you with the details of how it all worked out, but I will say this, if there was ever a time that the Lord revealed Himself to me-it was throughout this process. He brought people and opportunities into our path, that there is no questioning that were put there by Him.

We have cut our budget, saved and both work really hard to make this work for our family.

So what is the ONE tip that helped me to become a work at home mom?

Prayer.

Sweet and simple, prayer.

There are dozens and dozens of posts, books and pages on advice for how to become a stay at home or work at home mom. Most of them are great and provide great tips and tricks. I am a firm believer though, that without prayer, those tips are null and void. There will always be reasons it can’t or won’t work, but the Lord is faithful and He provides.

If the Lord has laid on your heart to become a stay at home or work at home mom, I encourage you to search your heart and pray. Pray with your spouse and pray through this time. I can promise you, there is nothing more fulfilling than following where He leads us.

Ellie Augustin

Monday 12th of September 2016

Ha.. I just have to laugh. NOT at all in a bad way. BUT because I am in the mist of the great debate Lord is this what you want me to do? AND THIS post pops up while on Pinterest. I am NOT clear to what it is our Lord has in store but I know one thing I feel that no matter the tears I HAVE to keep going. Our Lord will provide. I have to remember that I can't control anything only he can do that I have to remember to let go.. OH but it's so hard at times right. Let thy will be done oh Lord. Thank you for this post I needed it :)

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 12th of September 2016

You are SO right! I am so glad that the Lord used my post to speak to you a bit. He will guide you and lead you in the right direction. Praying for you friend!

Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard

Saturday 11th of June 2016

I went through those emotions too. I went back to work and came home and cried rocking my screaming baby who had missed me all day. We tried to figure out a way for me to stay home, but couldn't make it work, and I think that was God too. My husband deployed and spent a year in Iraq, if I hadn't been working, I would have been completely alone, no family, few friends, with a baby. Working helped us pay off our debts and build savings so that when we moved, I was able to stay home. I do regret missing so many of her early days, but have been so blessed in the past four years to get to be home with her all day everyday. Now, I'm praying for the future - do we keep homeschooling? what about income? God has been providing and His direction has been clear, so I'm continuing to pray for that.

Bree

Saturday 11th of June 2016

This is such a great encouraging post! You can read all the parenting survival books you want, but I agree, it really comes down to prayer and praying as a couple and family. We too are in a state where we felt called to have me as a stay at home mom, and my husband is definitely not to his career job yet, so we are living with my in laws. Oh how family help can be such a blessing. And now we are constantly praying for job openings and direction in where next to go, and it is always relieving knowing God has our next step in his hands!

Jed

Friday 27th of May 2016

What an awesome and timely story! With the arrival of our fourth daughter, Jenny and I are in the middle of a number of work changes ourselves, in order to better care for our kiddos. Thank you for sharing your encouraging story, and fir the reminder to keep praying during this process.

Loving Living Lancaster

Friday 27th of May 2016

Prayers for you all...I never could have imagined the change it would bring into our lives...for the better of course! Praying the Lord will guide you during this process.

Inez

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

That's so awesome that you can work from home! Prayer is always the best answer. :-)