Working Mom’s Devotional: Can I Leave My Child to Return to Work?

Working Mom's Devotional

Leaving my firstborn to go back to work was like ripping my heart out. Everyone told me it would be hard. I can’t say I was surprised. It just hurt more than anything I could remember.

I don’t know any mother who hasn’t struggled with leaving her newborn to return to work. As a young mother, I always second-guessed myself.  Am I really providing what’s best for my children? Wouldn’t they be better off if I was with them all day?

I don’t have all the answers. And I’m always leery when someone tells me she has it all figured out.  I just know that it’s not natural for a mother to give up control. 

I had a reader email me last month who is juggling four school-aged children as she returns to working outside her home.  My heart goes out to her.  I know all about the struggle to delegate homework projects, the Internet, video games, and after-school activities.  In many ways, it doesn’t get easier as our kids get older.

Yet God still provides.   Every time I pull out of the driveway, jump on an airplane, or drop off my children at school, I try to remember that God is in control—not me—and I ask Him to keep them in his care until we are safely united again.

As new mothers struggle to return to work, those of us who have walked in their shoes must provide prayer and encouragement.  There is no one magic formula to getting it “right.” 

The best advice I can give a new mom is this:  Your child is in God’s hands.  Pray that he would give you wisdom as you make tough decisions about your childcare and work schedule. We are praying for you.  You have an army of sisters who love you and a God who will never let you go.  

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Dear Lord, we pray for all the moms who are struggling as they return to work.  Please give them special insight and wisdom into their homes, and help them not to be discouraged or confused.  Whether we are leaving a newborn for the first time or taking our children to college, help us to let go and put our children in your hands.  Amen.


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I'm an author who writes about the working mom's struggle to live out an authentic Christian faith in a complex and fast-paced world. I live in constant need of grace, caffeine, and technology -- usually in that order.
  • Ann Kroeker

    There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, are there?

  • Heather Delaby Knoll

    Oh my goodness. I have tears in my eyes after reading this! I go back to work this coming Monday, just for a day, and then return full time the following Monday. My son will be close to 3 months old at that time. The thought of leaving him causes a bit of anxiety and guilt. When I remind myself that God has him in His hands, and will care for him in my absence, I immediately feel comforted. Thank you for praying for us new moms. So sweet….