Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Service Unto Him...

Lately I have been feeling so blessed to fulfill the role of wife and mother that God has called me to. When I was in high school and college, I had big expectations, big plans. I wanted to do important things. And I had a lot of cheerleaders encouraging me and supporting me and building me up.



And then God started revealing His plan for my life as I began to seek it more actively. His plan included switching not only majors but colleges. I'll never forget my biology teachers' response when he found out about my change in majors. "That won't challenge you enough." I remember feeling so disappointed because I had disappointed him with my decision. That's what happens when you seek to please people ~ disappointment and feelings of failure.


And then eventually, after working as a nurse for seven years, God laid it upon the heart of my dear husband the divine plans He had in the works for our family. I can remember it clear as day. I was standing in front of the oven making dinner, stressed over the new job change and being away from the kids. And then he said it: "I think you should just quit working altogether and stay at home." I remember feeling that weight lift on my chest. And I could breath.


Why? Because when Brad and I first got married, I knew deep down that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mommy someday. But Brad had big, big doubts that that would ever be able to financially happen. And so I gave it to God. For seven years I worked and missed out on some things with my kids, but God always blessed me during that time.


And now I can testify that God truly does give His children the desires of their hearts as long as those desires align with His good and perfect Will. He loves us, and He wants us to find joy in our lives. He wants to bless us in our obedience to Him.



I've been blessed to be at home with my children for four years now, and I thank God for every moment. And, yes, sometimes my perspective gets skewed and my priorities can sometimes become misaligned, but what an honor it is to be serving God by serving my family, my husband, my children. And what a blessing it is that God uses this jar of clay that I am, even though I don't have it near all together or sometimes have no idea what I'm doing! But that's why He uses the weak and the imperfect to accomplish the important ~ so that He can be given the glory, not man.


And I want to encourage all of you beautiful women who sometimes feel like your job as a mom and wife is second-rate, to remember how important you are, how your job as a mother is an investment in the future. This isn't just a temporary investment. This mothering thing is so much bigger than that. And we need to realize how much power and impact we as mothers have on our family and on our children both now in the present and also in the future.



So I anticipate more struggles and mess-ups and frustrations in the future, but I do know that if I can just keep my eyes focused on my purpose as a wife and mother, to glorify God and to raise my children in His ways, then the view isn't quite as foggy. And my goal right now is to be the wife and mother that God designed me to be. And I can only get there by abiding in Him moment by moment, frustration by frustration, worry by worry, day by day.



I pray that we would all be encouraged in our roles as wives and mothers. I pray that we would all be reminded of how important this calling is, that we are shaping the future in how we raise our children. Being a mother is THE most important job in the world.


4 comments:

April said...

I love this post!!! It encourages me as I officially take over the task of becoming a step-mom! I know that I can never replace his mom, but I also know that I'm the only one that will be taking him to church on a regular basis, encouraging him to continue to read his Bible, and nudging him to grow in a Godly way. This is truly about to become my most important job ever... Thanks for the post today - I needed it!

~April

Katie said...

What a beautifully written post full of truth!! I love how God does fulfill the desires of our hearts according to His will. I used to work full-time too when my first was quite young....now I'm at home. I can really relate to all that you said as if I had written it. This is my calling. This is God's plan for our family, and I'm so very thankful.

Thank you also for the kind comments you left on my blog today!! So glad you stopped by! Your blog is lovely!

Blessings to you and your sweet family today,
Katie

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Anonymous said...

Amber,
these are precious pics of your "babies". time goes so quickly :). I am enjoying reading your "Ramsey" financial "wisdom" posts. we are fans. in fact a few years ago dave ramsey "lived" under our couch in book form and was referred to in every other sentence :). We have come up with a version that works for our family, we just "adjust" it as we go. good stuff!

Annette :)