Another reason women choose to work instead of being home to raise their children is that they are good at what they do. Maybe they are working in an important field or the ultimate, they are serving God in some ministry capacity.
While there is no denying that women can be very good at their jobs and that they often serve in areas that have a high demand such as nursing. Those who are good at their careers receive promotions and pay raises. However, there is very little encouragement to the mother who is home raising their children. An occasional compliment such as “Your children are so good” is about all a mom may get here on earth.
So why should a mom who is working in a career that she is good at, that is serving others and is receiving regular encouragement be home with her children instead?
There will be praise for a woman that has devoted her life to her family from the Lord, even if not from her children and husband.
Proverbs 31:29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” ESV
Women working outside of the home have a hard time being obedient to the Lord’s commands. It is hard to train and teach other young women when they are stretched so thin with working outside the home themselves.
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ESV
We are called to build our house and not to climb the corporate ladder.
Proverbs 14:1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. ESV
1 Corinthians 10:31 … whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ESV
Colossians 1:10 … walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. ESV
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. ESV
This should sum up the life of a woman when she is over sixty.
1 Timothy 5:9-10
9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,
10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. ESV