Priscilla has the same concerns as most working moms about balancing life. She remembers walking through my neighborhood one morning about eight weeks before my second son was born. I prayed, "Lord, how do I balance being a wife, mother, and a woman in ministry? If You do not supernaturally balance all of this, then I don't know what I will do!" I will never forget His answer to me. I watched as the sun rose in the sky, the birds began to sing and the world came to life that morning. He whispered, "If I can balance all of this, I can balance your life!" I have trusted Him ever since to help me, day-by- day, to figure out how this should all work.
I cannot begin to tell you how difficult this balancing act is physically and emotionally. Jerry and I firmly believe that God has given us clear direction that this ministry is what He wants us to do (at least for now), so we assume that He will provide the means for us to do it and He has.
My husband and I are in ministry together. Jerry and I both work from home all week long. This means that we get to spend a lot of time with the boys throughout the entire week before we go to a women's conference on Friday and Saturday. The Lord has provided me with a mother-in-law that is a professional grandmother! She doesn't want to do anything other than be with our children. She keeps them when we travel. Our trips are normally 1-2 nights so we are not away from our little ones for long. Any trip longer than 2 nights (which is rare) means they come with us. She comes too to help us with the children.
If I didn't have a husband who worked with me, and a mother-in-law to help me with my children, then I don't know that I could do this. But God has constructed our circumstances to support the calling that He has on our lives.
Still, I worry like all mothers about whether or not I am balancing everything well, and I am sure that I will never be perfect at it. There are many nights that my dinner dishes don't get washed, my laundry takes a couple days to complete, and toys are scattered on my living room floor. Things around here are far from perfect, but I believe that as long as I am taking care of God's business by keeping my family as a priority and then focusing on the women to whom I am to minister, He will make up the slack.
I must admit that I have little time for other things. I say, "No" most often to invitations for lunch and get-togethers. That is the sacrifice that I am making for this season of life. A friend and mentor recently encouraged me by saying, "Priscilla, you can do this (ministry, wifehood, and motherhood), but you CANNOT do anything else!"
If you are a mother and are also considering serving the Lord in a full-time ministry capacity, ask the Lord for clarity on how you should proceed and when you should proceed. He will clearly tell you whether now is the appropriate time for you to move forward or whether you should wait until you are in a different season of your life. If He calls you to do something, He will equip you with the necessary tools to do it while at the same time allowing you to keep your priorities straight. It is and will always be a prayerful, day-by-day process of relying solely on Him to keep everything balanced and orderly.