To the mama who’s not at church today because the baby was up crying all night and no one got any sleep….that’s okay.
To the mama who’s not at church today because one of your little ones is sick and has a fever…that’s okay.
To the mama who’s not at church today because it’s the baby’s nap time and she won’t sleep anywhere except her crib…that’s okay.
To the mama who’s not at church today because your toddler just screams the whole time he’s in the nursery and then you end up missing the entire service anyway so it’s easier to just stay home….that’s okay.
That’s okay. Yes, I know the Bible tells us nor to forsake meeting with other believers (Hebrews 10:25) and I firmly believe this is true, but I also firmly believe that there is flexibility for what this looks like during the various seasons of our lives.
I used to feel so guilty about this. Like maybe I wasn’t a good-enough or devoted Christian if I chose to stay home to care for the needs of my family instead of attending Sunday service. But thankfully the Lord is freeing me of that and showing me that those are nothing but silly lies.
As a stay-at-home mama, I love going to church and love the opportunity to get out of the house and fellowship together with other believers. I love the time of corporate worship and praising my Maker.
But when I choose to stay home to care for the needs of my little one, I am serving that same Maker. I am caring for His child. I am allowing my husband to be able to go and actually be able to focus on the teaching. And when I stay home I am often much less stressed and frustrated, which we all know is better everyone.
Mama, you know your heart and your motivations. It’s between you and your Maker. Don’t let anyone else make you feel guilty or less than.
That being said, I do encourage you to find a local MOPS or other small group that works better for your little one’s schedule. Or maybe your church offers another service on a different day or time that could work.
Remember this isn’t permanent. It’s a season. And today, if you need to stay home so you can better love those closest to you, that’s okay.