This week will conclude our series on confessions. I hope this series has filled you with God’s truth. We can walk away from our comparisons of each other and rejoice in God’s truth for us in who He says we are. We don’t have to wait to be accepted by the world or for our circumstances to change, we are worthy and valuable just the way we are. He has a divine and specific purpose for each and every one of us.
Whether we are called to be married, single, a working mom or a stay at home mom there is meaning a purpose in God’s calling for us. Here is an interview of a stay at home mom who shares her heart with us.
How did you decide being a stay at home mom was God’s calling for you? Children are God’s greatest gift to us, their hearts are a mother’s classroom. Investing in our children reaps rewards that are immeasurable.
What is the number one thing being a stay at home mom has taught you?
Being a stay at home mom is a constant dying of oneself. It is a continual process of learning how to be selfless, learning how to be content no matter what and knowing I am still contributing to society even though I am inside the four walls of my home. Also learning how to find joy in every moment, the good and the bad. God teaches me through thankfulness. When we are thankful, then we are more likely to find joy in each moment, which is what God wants for us.
What is the number one thing you struggle with as a stay at home mom?
Isolation and not getting a break. Isolation can be the tool of the devil. It can be a downward spiral that gets out of control quickly. When I start to feel this way I know I need to pray and seek support of other moms who are going through the same thing. I try to be proactive in recognizing triggers which amplify my struggles such as getting out of routine (holidays), bad behavior or sickness.
What did you do before you were a stay at home mom and how many years have you been a stay at home mom? How many children do you have?
I used to work as an Early Intervention Speech Pathologist for five years before raising children. I have been a stay at home mom now for 9 years. I have 5 children, four boys (ages 2, 3, 7 and 9) and one baby girl.
That’s very admiral, you possess a master’s degree and walked away from a career to raise children. What is the best advice you can give to other stay at home moms?
Do the best you can with the knowledge you have now. The knowledge you have in the moment is enough to accomplish what God has planned for you. God has entrusted you with their lives, he has put your children in your care for a reason. God will continually equip you with what you need at every given time. He has chosen your family and has great plans for you and made each of us with a purpose. You don’t have to do something that is newsworthy or career savy to contribute to society. What you do inside of your home, is just as important as what you do outside of your home. We can support each other by not comparing and encouraging one another.
What is your greatest reward you have received as a stay at home mom?
God has called me to equip the next generation of warriors in his army with His armor, character, love, and grace. I can only do this when I lean on God for wisdom and peace and in humbleness, admiting I CANNOT do it alone. As mom’s we often fall into the trap of “I just need to keep going”. That is a red flag for I need a break, need help, or need to let go. God provides us with help in the form of His word, friends, family, spouses. Seek counsel of other women and pray hard!
What do you do as a stay at home to get a break? I try to leave the house to get a break or escape to my craft room and work on a craft project. Sometimes the only break I get is going to a private room or outside to pray. Finding a positive outlet for feelings helps as well as leaning on God for His strength. Be proactive in communicating with spouse and children in calm, respectful way to express a need for breaks. Because if mama isn’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. It is a sad but true statement. Taking care of oneself will help the entire household–do so without feeling guilty.
What are your favorite parenting resources?
Of cource I use the Bible as my number one source but other resources I recommend are:
She’s Gonna Blow by Julie Ann Barnhill
A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming
The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman
What are your favorite Bible verses that help you?
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
“Encourage one another build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
“In all work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people” (Colossians 3:23).
“Do everything in Love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:9-12).
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Being a stay at home mom is a busy 24/7 job that rarely gets recognized as being a job. Whether we are a working mom or one that stays at home, instead of judging or comparing ourselves and each other’s children, we can all be encouraging one another, because we are all apart of the same team (quote from Cindy Bultema)!
God has called every one of us for a specific meaning a purpose. Carrying out God’s calling for you, gives your life more meaning and purpose than anything in this world.
God has great plans for you.
Do you know God’s calling for your life?
What has God called you to do?
If you are a stay at home mom please share how being a stay at home mom has impacted your life, So we can be encouraging one another!
A special thank you to my twin sister for sharing her heart with us for this post!
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