When I was a young mom, I vividly remember how all-consuming mothering was. Being home with my children was exactly where God had placed me, yet at the same time I knew that he was calling me to more. But ministry outside of the home can feel . . . well, impossible to a mom who can barely find time to take a shower!
My friend Rachel, mom to eight-month-old daughter Reagan, puts it like this: "I haven't left the house since Monday. It's Thursday. Between working from home part-time, taking care of my teething baby, trying to keep my house semi-clean, and getting dinner on the table, I can hardly find time to sleep, let alone actively participate in church ministry. It's not what I want, but it seems to be the reality of my life right now."
Being a mom definitely affects how and when you can serve, but it doesn't have to keep you from ministry altogether. Here are some practical ways to consider helping people outside of your home.
This season of life is all about small—small clothes, small toys, small people. So stick with that theme! Find small ways to reach people already in your sphere of influence. Invite a neighbor over for coffee or dinner. Schedule a Saturday morning playdate with a single mom from your child's preschool. Sign up to take a meal to a family struggling with illness. Volunteer to wash the linens from church nursery. Look around your community for little ways you can help and encourage the people around you. Big things can be accomplished through small acts of love.1