I am old enough to remember the song, Tiptoe Through the Tulips. And, I remember that horrid rendition by Tiny Tim…..I think it’s important to keep in mind that I AM old enough to remember these things – because way back when, life seemed simpler and far less complicated. Mom’s were Mom’s, either stay-at-home Mom’s or working Mom’s. Either were highly valued and favorably looked upon. I’ve been both. And, I must admit, being a stay-at-home Mom was my favorite, all-time career. I loved everything about it. Housework, cooking, laundry, kids in and out, housework, cooking, laundry, kids in and out!!! The Internet was non-existent. iPhones weren’t invented yet – heck, we even lived without a basic cell phone. We learned things by reading, going to the library, talking over the fence with the neighbor, hearing it on Sesame Street, or watching (very limited) talk shows on tv. The focus of life was on our families. I didn’t have to worry about a blog post or a give-away or my number of “likes” or the number of “shares”. My attentions were toward my husband, my family and my home. And, all three of them thrived. I never minded if someone knocked on our door for a chat, or stopped by for a cup of coffee and a shoulder to lean on – our home was clean and orderly and I never had to make an excuse or a “Don’t mind the mess.”
The main thing WAS the main thing.
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I enjoy listening to Joyce Meyer – the Bible teacher of practicality. I have learned so much from her and her (sometimes) funny way of making the point. Biblical principles with feet. Don’t expect God to give you a ministry if you can’t keep your kitchen clean. Don’t pray for a new car if you can’t even keep the one you already have clean. Need new clothes? Why? Wash the mountain of dirty laundry you have and you just might find a new outfit!
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I believe there must be a new generation of Super Mom’s out there – they can blog, network, run a home business, know more about SEO than shoe sizes, and can type a text message on their iPhone faster than I can say, “Text!”
I guess my question is “What or who is suffering because of the increase in Mom’s activities?” I, for one, KNOW beyond a shadow of doubt that I couldn’t have managed it all and kept my family and home in the manner I found most peaceable. Perhaps today’s busy Mom’s have cleaning services and laundry service and fulltime Nannies – but I highly doubt it. Is the 21st Century family really that much different than the 20th?
I’m just ‘fessing up, this over-60 Grandma would have failed at being a blogger, an entreprenaur, a social media diva AND successfully running a family and home – I do believe I would have chosen order over chaos. Chat later – I need to go make my bed!
…and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3.23