Our culture believes that if we are not being active, not always on the go, and not keeping jam-packed schedules then we are not living life to the full. Homes have become mere hotels for just sleeping and eating. Children and parents can be like ships passing eachother in the night.
But mothers need time at home. They need time to rest and to build a strong Christian culture within their four walls. They need to have time to think, to read the Bible, to evaluate what is*really* going on their children's lives. To block out the voices in this world that pressures them to conform.
We need time to meditate on God's word. To pray over our husbands. To create a home atmosphere and to put our heart into what matters. To have heart-felt conversations and love those around us. To make time for that special project we have been yearning to do. All this is good for the soul and the home and family will be better for it too.
If we are always rushing here and there and not protecting the precious time the Lord has given us, our homes and our children can be found wanting. Busyness for the sake of "doing" can even lead to emptiness and depression if we are not careful. We can squander time instead using it well.
Mothers, please know that even if the world is swirling around before us, it cannot control the atmosphere of our homes. This is where we have control--this is where we can shift the gears and slow the pace down.
Remember these truths:
I do not have to be a slave to another's schedule or plans for my life--nor my children.
I can focus on what matters and watch over the affairs of my home.
I can find contentment in trusting in Him.
I can find joy in loving those around me.
I can build up a strong home for His glory.
For further reading you might also want to check out The Beauty of Balance.
Please also check out my book True Christian Motherhood.