Busyness is a Blessing!

“Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.” 1 Timothy 5:13-14

I was just reading this passage today, and though it pertains to widows, it has a great and encouraging point to take away for all of us busy moms! Sometimes I waste so much of my energy trying to make my life less busy so I can have more time to relax. For some reason I often would like to believe that it would be both achievable and desirable to be a mom, wife, missionary, and still have an abundance of free time to spend however I would choose. This passage today was pleasantly freeing as I saw again that it is part of God’s plan for wives and moms to be busy and to not give the opportunity for sinful idleness and its accompanying sins to take hold. In our relative youth, with our energy and capacity, Satan would love to try to harness such things for his purposes. Thankfully part of God’s design for moms is to bless us with plenty of worthwhile things to keep us busy and thus help guard against the sins that come along with having too much time on our hands! Of course where there is a will for sin, there is a way, but praise God for building in a natural guard rail for us.

What are your thoughts? Do you often find yourself trying to escape busyness? Do you have an easy time embracing it as a blessing?

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3 Responses to “Busyness is a Blessing!”


  1. 1 Shilo January 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for that, Ashely, I don’t think I’ve ever quite heard that passage in that light but it is a blessing to think of it that way!

  2. 2 Anya January 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I was just thinking about this very thing today! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3 ambrosia4 February 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these thoughts – I’ve never thought about that scripture in that way. Simplifying isn’t such a bad thing, I suppose, but the heart behind the matter is key. Do I simplify other areas in my life so I have more freedom to sit down and play with my daughter, or do I simply desire my own time to do what I want? I’ve currently taken up knitting in my down time – it’s my way of resting, yet it also provides a creative outlet and produces practical things my family (and others) can use.


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