I’m a stay-at-home-mom, but thinking about entering the workforce. Advice?

Member Question - Currently I’m a stay-at-home-mom, but have been thinking about taking a full-time job. Needless to say, it’s a tough decision for our family, but the LORD may be calling me to do this. What would be your advice for a person in my situation?[1]

As you know, the Bible does not give us a clear directive on whether a wife and mother should stay at home, enter the workforce, or manage both the home and an out-of-the-home job. While the Bible is clear on some things, it is not clear on every thing.

The Bible was not meant to be a rule book or a principle book. It’s a relationship book. All of our questions are answered in the context of relationships, which have a subjective element to them.

There is no one size fits all solution to your question. If the Bible were a rule book, you could easily turn to such and such page, scan down the list of rules, and find your answer.

The LORD does not operate this way. He wants us to search the Scriptures while engaging Him and others as we think about how to do life on earth. This makes biblical decision-making a relational adventure rather than a mechanical exercise. Exciting.

A woman entering the workplace is one of those things which the individual has to wrestle through, while thinking about her specific situation and relationships. You are not sinning to stay home and you’re not sinning to work outside the home.

For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. – Romans 14:23 (ESV)

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:17 (ESV)

You’re only sinning if you do not do what you believe the LORD is calling you to do. I would appeal to you and your husband to watch my one hour webinar on the Member Site called, Biblical Decision Making.

This essential training will serve you guys as you think about this life-changing decision. Our kind LORD has presented you with

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  1. [1] Due to the amount of email traffic I receive on a daily basis I can only answer questions from our Members–those who support our ministry–which are asked through our Community Forum. Occasionally I will take a Member question and turn it into one of my 2000 word daily articles.
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Rick has been training in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor he founded and launched his own training organization in order to encourage and equip people for more effective living. In the early ’90’s he earned a BA in Theology. Later he earned a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry and in 2000 he graduated with a MA in Counseling. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow with ACBC. Today his organization reaches people in every country through consulting, training, blogging, and coaching.
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