You Have a Choice

“They (older godly women) are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”  Titus 2:5 ESV

“Workers at home” is a phrase we can find in the book of Titus’ on verse 2:5.

“They (older godly women) are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”  ESV

I can say with confidence that this familiar list of exemplary behaviors, describes most of the women I know. These character traits have been learned and exercised over time and were not hewn overnight.

All of us moms, are working moms, whether we get paid or not. We are non-stop busy caring for our families and homes. The range of tasks to be done within our households can seem endless and daunting. We may feel as if we carry a heavy burden on our backs with no relief in sight. Relax, precious mother. Help Club for Moms exists to cheer you on, offering a community of women of all ages who will encourage you in daily dependence of your savior Christ Jesus, through written devotions, creative videos, prayer, and connections through social media.

Are you wondering, “How in the world will I squeeze any more obligations into an already packed-to-the-gills, hit-the-ground-running kind of day?”  Does reading a Bible study or even spending prayerful moments seem like an added task to your endless to-do list?

As a seasoned mom, I think back on days where you are right now. There was so much to do, so much pressure, and so much exhaustion! Sweet daughter of Christ, take heart and excellent care in making the most of your days. How you choose to apply yourself to your sacred “work at home” will affect your family for years to come. Will you “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33a) and face each new day with hope?

First, remember that Jesus is the source of your purpose, strength, and joy. Guard your peace by tending to your spirit, not only in choosing what to do in your day but who you will “be” while doing it. The book of Proverbs warns, “It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife (and mother) in a lovely home” (Proverbs 25:24, NLT). Instead, let’s be beautiful and holy women, putting our hope in God, submitting ourselves to our husbands, and winning them, our children, and our world to the Lord, not with words but with pure, reverent behavior and inner, unfading radiance of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (I Peter 3:1-5, paraphrased).  Dear one, now is the time to make conscious decisions to become the wife, mother, friend, citizen, and disciple of Christ you want to be; to live with purpose.

In the book of Samuel, we read that David was running for his life and hiding from King Saul for years, staying one step ahead of certain death if he was caught. Eventually, God gave David rest from his enemies. David’s relentless seeking of God, in both trial and blessing, earned him the coveted title, “a man after his (God’s) own heart” (I Samuel 13:14a). The beautiful intimacy between God and David was birthed in the quiet of peaceful pastures and then forged in long-suffering and struggle. Through it all, David returned again and again to the Lover of his soul. Let me encourage you to do the same, turn to the Lover of your soul and continue to be relentless in seeking Him in both trial and blessing. I don’t know about you, but I want the same coveted title of a “woman after God’s own heart”. You can do this sweet mama, stay one step ahead of your growing family by spending restful and faith building moments with Jesus!

Rest assured, sweet mother, there is an end to every season, but while you are in this incredibly busy stage of life, rearing your children and tending to the needs of your household, don’t give up and don’t give in. Instead, DIG IN, LEAN IN AND CAST YOUR CARES ON HIM. (I Peter 5:7)!

Blessings and Love,

Melissa

 

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