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!).
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?
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.