5 Ways Moms and Other Busy People Can Get Involved with Charity
I married young.
I’m that Messianic girl 😂. That girl who went straight from her parents home into a married woman’s life. And 10 months after marriage, I gave birth to my first child. Life was going by so quickly.
Being a mother, specifically a stay at home mother is a ministry in itself. You’re with your little ones all day long. I’m learning everyday that these little ones need me much more than the world claims they do. I’m ministering to them everyday with my actions and how I treat them. As they’ve grown older, I’m now even beginning to teach them about Yahweh. It’s a very special time.
Even with all that on my plate, I still find myself and my heart drawn to other relevant issues in my community. Abortion, Poverty, Homelessness, the Foster Care System, and many many more social issues that tug at my core beliefs.
What is pure religion?
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 (NIV)
So how can we as busy women and mothers, respond to the growing needs in our church fellowships and communities. How can we find the time to do everything we’re already doing and still help those around us.
I can’t tell you what you should be doing, but I can tell you that my heart has been stirred to reach out to other people in my community, specifically other women. And there are ways for us to help our communities and our families.
1. Give financially
I am at the point in my life where I have two young children who are 15 months apart. I am pregnant with my third and I’m also in online school trying to finish my degree. I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. Money isn’t free falling from the sky either, but I’ve found that I spend a lot on things that I could go without for a couple of days. Like fast food. Or random Target purchases that I know I don’t need. Looking through your budget and seeing where you are wasting can help you save a little bit to give to someone in need or to a charity.
An area that I, and lot of others who I’ve talked with, fall short in, is giving. Not because of stinginess, but because being poor is sometimes seen as the equivalent of being lazy or irresponsible.
A lot of families come into circumstances after an illness or serious accident. But because of the stigmas, people in need will often suffer in silence.
In the scriptures it is clear that we are to help our brothers and sisters who are poor. Be active and NOTICE those who need. Pray and ask the Father to show you someone who is in need. Being active and aware of each other will go a long way.
I’ll never forget the times that I was in need and my spiritual family stepped in to help me out. It meant a lot.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17
Even if it’s just an hour or two a month. We moms don’t have a lot of time, I get that. But most of us have a lot more than we think we do: Watch: https://youtu.be/n3kNlFMXslo
If you’re a stay at home mom, volunteering to help another mother, maybe a new mom or one who is struggling with something, or an elder in your church, or even volunteering at a charity, for just an hour or two a month can be a really big help for someone. Find a time when your husband is home or a friend or family member can help with the children for an hour.
3. Check in on the women in your life
A lot of us women, moms or not, have a lot on our plates. Everyone is busy these days. And a lot of women struggle with mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, since we don’t live in a Torah Keeping nation like our ancestors did, we can end up feeling a little isolated. So let’s give each other a call now and then. Just providing an ear to listen, can relieve a lot of stress for someone.
4. Visit and serve your elders
I recently met a lady in my apartment building who told me she lived alone. She was unable to work because of sickness and was rarely able to leave her apartment. We had a nice long conversation and she told me how good it was for her to be able to talk with someone and to see my kids.
If you end up visiting an elder, see if you can take the kids along; because some older people love to see babies and children. If you are musical, you can sing some songs. If you are handy you can help fix something. If you are willing you can clean and scrub.
5. Pray actively
We all pray, but setting aside some quiet time to pray for a specific situation or person can be another way we can get involved. We may not always be able to give financially or volunteer our time, but we can always spend a few minutes asking on behalf of our brothers and sisters.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Even us busy people can make time to care for others in our lives. A lot of times it seems like a big , but really it only takes a few hours of our time and a few extra dollars if we can spare.