Work and Children: Who will care for the children?

Mustard Seed Daily Devotion

In the Word

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6).

Of the Word

When children join the family, one issue that will test the couple's emotions is deciding whether or not to have two incomes. Do both parents continue to pursue their vocations or does one put work on hold until the children are in school? Legitimate arguments support each option.

On one hand, no one can raise your child the same way you can. On the other hand, both incomes may be needed in order to survive month to month. Ultimately, only you and your spouse can determine what is right for your family. Talk through the values you want to instill in your children. Discuss the goals you have for your family, and share how reaching them might benefit all of you. Being a family means investing quality time in being together. Determine to make that happen no matter which option you choose.

Walking with my Lord

Dear gracious Father, rearing children raises many questions. Guide us as we seek to honor You and parent our children according to Your will. Help us to teach our children what is truly important in life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: With this Ring. Authors: Rev. Wes and Deaconess Sonja Baumeister. 12/28 ©2008 Lutheran Women's Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

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