Written by Amy Frank of Frankly Journaling the Journey.
A couple of years ago when I was moaning about how I felt so isolated, but also so surrounded by others’ needs, a friend pointed out how my stage of motherhood is not too unlike the calling of a monk.
Just as a monk has chosen to leave the normal lifestyle for a life of devotion, a mom who has chosen to stay home to teach her children has given up the typical career paths and goals of this culture in order to devote herself to a different calling.
I began to see the parallels.
Monks are often awakened in the middle of the night by a tolling bell. Moms are often awakened in the middle of the night by a hollering child. Life in an abbey is one of repetition and simple work. Life as a homemaker isn’t too different!
But then I began to see the beauty in this kind of life as well.
Traditionally, abbeys or monasteries were known to be harbors of so much more than chanting residents. They were places where life and worship thrived.
Through the patterns of simple living and their singular focus and devotion, they were able to offer the world great benefits!
For example …