Returning to Work After Maternity Leave Part III

When your maternity leave ends, try to schedule your first day back to the office toward the end of the week so that you don’t have to work a full week right away. A few days before going back to work, set a time to be out the door, (dressed and ready), to get an idea of how long it will take you. You should always allow extra time when your baby is involved!

If you have extra money in the budget, consider hiring a housekeeper so that you have one less task to take care of after work. Remember to take time for God, yourself and your husband, as well. I suggest that you write out a list of your top priorities and keep them in a visible spot to try to do them each day. For example:

  1. Have quiet time with the Lord
  2. Play with my baby without distraction
  3. Spend time alone with my husband
  4. Take time for myself to exercise, read, or take a bath

Make these priorities each day to keep a healthy balance in your life. Setting the right patterns from the start will make the transition easier, and will keep the areas of your life from overlapping and becoming one big noisy distraction. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.

The Proverbs 31 Woman is often seen as intimidating and a standard that is too high for us in this day and age. However, I believe that she is a beautiful model of a woman who loves her God and her family and is willing to do whatever it takes to serve them in that order. “She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks…She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31: 15-17, 26-28.

As you prepare for the new balance in your life of career and family, take heart; women of God have been working hard for their families since the Old Testament era. Ask God to help you to be a wife of noble character, a woman who fears Him, and a mother whose children rise up and call her blessed.

 

 Baby AS Art Ali & Liam

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