It's time for The 4 Moms to take on reader questions. Remember, if you have a question you would like to see addressed, please shoot us an email.
Here are a few questions I have in my inbox.
"I would be grateful if you could address how to overcome the sin of slothfulness/laziness."
I'm not sure if the questioner is asking about laziness in our children or laziness in ourselves, but, and I know this for a fact, the first step is just getting up and getting busy. If the laziness is in ourselves, and I also know this for a fact, getting started is half the battle.
Just get up. Get busy. Begin. Do the first thing. And then the next thing. Do this every day.
If the laziness is in your children, the above routine is also the first step. Show them by example that work is good and productive. Whistle or sing while you are at it and insist that they join in. Encourage them to keep going until the task is complete and then give high fives for a job well done. Do this every day.
"I was wondering how you handle criticism with family/friends on how many kids you have. I don't care what strangers think, but what about those that are close to you?"
Honestly, we have never gotten criticism from friends or family, unless you count "You're kidding, right??? Y'all are nuts!" or "NO WAY! Are you SERIOUS?!"
We just smile and say, "Yep! Ain't it great?"
It may be likely that your family or close friends are concerned over your health or ability to meet your financial obligations and it is coming out as criticism. You might be able to set them at ease by reminding them that God provides blessings as he sees fit and He supplies all your needs.
Maybe they do not know your convictions on why you have so many children.
It could be that your faith will be something for them to contemplate and be encouraged by as they watch you handle another pregnancy with peace and joy.
"The desire to stay home and be with my kids eats at my heart, but if I leave my job my husband currently does not make enough to pay for all our bills. He doesn't feel comfortable with me leaving my job. I've been in deep prayer but am afraid to leave my job. How do you make the step of faith and rely on God to meet our needs?"
I'm glad you are afraid to leave your job, because if your husband is against it, you would only be asking for major trouble in your marriage. Not only would you be putting a tremendous financial burden on your husband, but you would be disrespecting his wishes.
I was once in this very position. I prayed that God would give my husband faith that we could do it. I cut all extra expenses. I shared my desire with my husband. I made sure he knew I would accept a life with fewer luxuries if I could stay at home.
After one year of praying fervently, my husband wanted me to be a stay at home mom as much as I did, and God provided a better job for him, a buyer for our expensive home, and an inexpensive rent house near his new job.
Wait for God's timing. Do NOT go against your husband's wishes. Pray, pray, pray.
Now it's time to find out what pearls of wisdom the rest of The 4 Moms are dispensing:
And just for a touch of extra fun, I'm including some wonderful singing sessions The Lockwoods and The Smockities enjoyed together.
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