A Devotional For Christian Working Moms?

Working Mom's Devotional

Every Friday, right here, I’ll be hosting a devotional for Working Moms.  But before I jump in – before we launch – I’d like to answer a few basic questions.

Who, What, Where, When, and Why.

Who?

This answer is easy.  You!

You don’t have to be a mom, a woman, or even a Christian to join us.  That being said, most of my Friday posts will wrestle with the balance of work, home, and faith – hot topics for most Christian working mothers.

Doesn’t interest you?  No problem.  I’ll continue to blog about work (Mondays) and home (Wednesdays) and a variety of other topics in between.  Please consider forwarding Friday posts to a Christian working mom who needs some encouragement, laughter, and spiritual connection in her daily grind.

What?

This is a work in progress.  The Working Mom’s Devotional will be a faith-based discussion of the everyday issues impacting working moms, often with a personal story and an application.  I’ll likely reference the Bible on Fridays – something I rarely do other days of the week.

Here’s what we’re NOT going to discuss.  If you’re looking for a place to debate whether mothers should be working outside the home, please move on.  I have no interest in putting up walls between stay-at-home moms and “working” mothers.  I fully recognize that all mothers work, and mothers of faith need to support each other regardless of our career paths.

Where and When?

Every Friday, right here.  I’ll also be posting the Working Mom’s Devotional on Facebook every Friday.

Why?

This is my favorite question.  But before I answer it, I’d like to ask you a favor.  Google “Christian Working Mom.”  Tell me, what do you find?  Not many resources, huh?  In fact, the last I checked it pulled up a mixed bad of articles and blogs  – including articles discussing why Christian women shouldn’t work outside the home.

[If you’re not convinced this is still an issue in the church, check out the recent debate at Christianity Today’s blog, Hermaneutics, including spirited comments from over 100 readers.]

Back to the question.  The reality is most women – including 75% of mothers with school-aged children – are working outside the home in some capacity.  Some of these mothers want to work, some of them have to work, and lots of these women are spiritually disconnected.  Ready to get connected?

Here’s our January line-up:

January 13:  Do Working Moms Have More Guilt?

January 20:  Why Do You Work, Mom?

January 27:  Do Working Moms Feel Alone?

See you next Friday!  And please chime in if you have a topic you’d like to cover.

I'm an author who writes about the working mom's struggle to live out an authentic Christian faith in a complex and fast-paced world. I live in constant need of grace, caffeine, and technology -- usually in that order.
  • ncrunner

    HI! I’m a new follower, but I’m excited about your Bible study. As a working mom, I find it hard to keep up with the devotions & what matters most. Sometimes I feel like a rat running on a wheel, wake up, get the kids to school, go to work, come home, cook dinner, rinse & repeat! And you are right there is very little resources for Christian working Moms! I have been looking!

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Yeah, I feel like a rat sometimes too. You are in good company! Let’s run together.

  • Anonymous

    Susan, this looks wonderful! I can’t wait to read and jump in with you!

  • maritay918

    Love this idea! I am a Christian working mom. I work remote but the issues of working for a company are the same, even if our workforce is scattered all over the US. Anyway, looking forward to this. And thank you!

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      I think it’s so hard to work from home and stay focused — I just wrote about that issue over the holidays. Thanks for joining us!

  • Karentwinem

    I love this, Susan. This is officially part of my Friday routine.

  • http://heathersunseri.com Heather Sunseri

    I am so excited for this Susan, and I know I have women at my workplace who are going to be excited about it, too. The topics for January look wonderful. I’ll be thinking of topics to suggest, also!

    You are right. Christian working women need this BIG TIME! We need encouragement and spiritual warfare to face our days.

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Thanks Heather. Please do suggest some topics.

  • Jaime Sundsmo

    LOVE IT! I have been googling this topic lately too and considering starting a blog to reach out to working moms who really get beat up for being a working mom. =/ So THANKS for starting this devo! I’m excited!

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Jaime — let me know what ideas you have. I’m going to need lots of help and would love to have you join me!

  • Julie Jarnagin

    This is great! I work in the office three days a week and work from home the other two. I’m so thankful to work for a company that has a great corporate culture that respects the demands of being a working parent.

  • http://www.soapweedsolutions.com/ Tara Steinke

    I am SO excited about this! Thank you for following your calling and making a resource and place of support for Christian Working Mom’s!!! I am not only a working mom, I own and operate my own business. In April my husband joined me full time. It has been an interesting adjustment, and one which there are not many resources for support or help. All this to say again. . . . thank you! Tara

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Love your business — I just went to your home page. So exciting that your husband is joining you. I have a couple of friends (one is a doctor and one is a decorator) who had their husbands join them this year in business. It has been really run to watch but also a challenge as you say. Talk about role challenges….

  • Terry Morgan

    I am looking forward to these times! http://maturitascafe.com/about/

  • http://twitter.com/TubsWife Melissa Rorabaugh

    Susan,

    Hi friend. So glad to be here with you. Can’t wait to join you on this Friday ride.

    Melissa

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Thanks so much Melissa (and also for the shout outs on Twitter!)

  • http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/ rubberbacon

    Hi Susan, do you have a button that you will be sharing for users to link back?

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Good idea! I have thought about doing a button or a “link up” but I just haven’t gotten that far. I’ll probably revisit in a couple of months — so please remind me!

      • Cat B

        Would love to see the “link up” button.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12431435 Cortney Peters

    I am so excited for this! I just finished your book, and I loved it. I love the discussion you are trying to start. The hardest part of being a working mom is the guilt the church piles on you

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Thanks Cortney. Welcome to the discussion!

  • http://www.christimcguire.wordpress.com Christi McGuire

    Susan, I’m so excited for these posts!! Great topics for January. Thank you for what you do!

  • Anonymous

    looking forward to this starting on Friday. I SO need help with this. it can’t be just me who struggles with balancing and guilt

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Deborah — you are not alone. We are not alone. Thank God He walks beside us and offers grace in this struggle.

  • Maria Colsey Heard

    You go, girl! I am cheering you on! [And hoping to gain some desired community and some needed insight ….]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584759781 Katie Tesner

    I love your new look and devotional series! Can’t wait for Friday!

  • Alison W

    Thanks Susan, I came across this when I was searching google for ‘working mums devotions’. I look forward to receiving your emails every week and its great to know there are other mums out there having the same daily struggles. God Bless you and your family.

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Thanks Alison! Always great to meet a new friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.plotnerbrown Amber Plotner-Brown

    I am hoping this is the thing that I need. I find myself deflated by Friday, many times overwhelmed. As the mom of a 15 month old I feel like weekends are just as hectic as workdays, and there is little time to take for matters of faith. The most I get to tap into my faith is praying with my son before bed :(

    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Thanks so much for stopping by Amber. Sometimes, when I am praying with my kids before bed, I fall asleep in the process. But I think that’s ok. God knows we are exhausted after a long day. I hope the Working Mom’s Devotional brings you many blessings.

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    • http://www.susandimickele.com Susan DiMickele

      Thanks!

  • Melinda

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