Where Do We Find the Answers?
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3: 1
“Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.”- George Mueller
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-minute prayer call. Keep trying to connect until you get to pray together. This tiny habit of praying with a friend regularly will truly change your life!
- It’s time to meet with your Jesus! He is the One who longs to hold you close and teach you all you need to know. Rejoice today, knowing that because of who you are in Christ, you can be confident that the good work God has begun in you will be perfected! (Philippians 1:6) He will never give up on you and will keep working in your life, making you like Jesus until the day you get to see Him face-to-face! Rejoice in this wonderful truth that you truly are “a work of God in progress!”
- Read Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. Read the whole chapter if you have time. Write verse 1 in your journal.
Where do we Find the Answers?
Before I launch into this wonderfully important topic, “Workers at Home,” I want to encourage you from my heart and say that God does not expect performance from His daughters. He sees us, loves us, and accepts us for who we are. His Spirit living inside of us changes us from the inside out, and we begin to desire what God desires and can live to please Him in all of our ways.
When you think about the work that you do at home, I would like to invite you to silence the voices of perfectionism, comparison, and condemnation. Take those thoughts captive to Jesus, and live in the place of grace knowing that you have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16) His desire is for you to listen to His voice each day (John 10:27) and be the woman, wife, and mother that He created you to be. Peace be with you!
Do you ever notice that there is a seeming lack of instruction in Scripture about the details of being a worker at home? For instance, God doesn’t tell us how clean our houses should be, how long our children should nap, or when to start potty-training.
Even though the Bible may not answer the specific questions, I believe the Bible as a whole is where we are to go with every question, and especially Mom and Worker at Home questions. Spending time with God regularly helps us to learn to hear His voice and to make wise decisions in our homes.
God cares about every area of your life. You can rest assured that He will even help you with potty training. Now, you might be asking, “How on earth is the Bible going to help me to potty train?”
I’m glad you asked!
Let’s say you decide to potty train your little one, but he simply isn’t getting it. You spend hours trying to get him to go on the little potty, but he is afraid and cries every time you even try to put him on it. You are so stressed out and frustrated and feel that all of your time is being sucked away, and it doesn’t seem to be worth it.
You decide to pray and ask God for help and wisdom. A moment later you call your husband and tell him about your situation. He suggests waiting until your son is older. What do you do?
There are so many voices in your head right now as you’re trying to make this decision. There is a strong voice that tells you that you are a failure, and all of your friends have trained their boys by now, so just be strong! What will your friends think when you tell them that you have decided to wait?
But then you hear a quiet voice in your head saying to listen to your husband and to give it a rest for a while.
The next day, during your quiet time, you pray again for wisdom and read in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” You also read “Love is patient, love is kind…” 1 Corinthians 13:4.
You sense that quiet voice again, it is still saying the same thing, “Listen to your husband and wait.” I can tell you with complete confidence that this is the voice of God giving you the answer to your request for wisdom.
It’s sad to say, but there is peer pressure even among moms. You may feel pressure to do what everyone else is doing, but God knows what’s best for your family. He knows how He wants you to spend your time right now. He may have other plans for your days during this season. This may be what’s best for your son, and for you.
The big idea here is that God wants you to come to Him for everything. He also wants you to seek your husband’s advice and to trust him. Also, when you tell your friends your decision to wait, if they are true friends, they will support you and trust that you walk with God and know what’s best for your family.
Lastly, I remember a godly older woman telling me that she never knew a child who went to school in diapers, and to let my children go at their own pace. (On a side note, I actually remember having bed-wetting accidents at night until I was around 10 years old, but am proud to say I’m fully potty trained now! haha.)
Trust God with every area of your life! He will never fail you!
Questions to ponder
- Pray and ask God to show you if there are any areas of your life that you are listening to the world more than Him. Are you giving in to peer pressure? Are you comparing your children to other children who you know? Do you find yourself comparing yourself as a mom to anyone else, and coming up short?
- Write these areas in your journal and also write a prayer giving these struggles to Christ, asking Him for help to overcome. Ask Him for forgiveness and to help you to listen to the voice of God more than the voice of men.
- God’s Word has always been very important to our family. So through the years, we have had some type of writing board at our house such as a cheap dry-erase board, a standing one (50 percent off at Hobby Lobby), and a framed chalkboard (I asked for as a Christmas present from my family) to write Bible verses on. I always kept the mounted one in my kitchen, and the standing one in my entryway where my family would see it most often. Each time I would write a new verse, I gathered the children and talked to them about why the verse was important to me. The children loved it when we would let them pick a verse and write it out too! We also use the board as a welcome sign to make a house guest or friend feel special, as well as writing Happy Birthday or Anniversary wishes. But the main thing we use it for is Scripture.
- Purchase or make some type of board to use in your home to write scripture. Whatever you do, keep it simple. Don’t try to make it perfect, just get something that you can use now. Allow yourself two weeks to complete this assignment.
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If there was one thing Deb would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is dearly near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!