Sunday Seven

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Today I wanted to tell you some of the many reasons why I'm thankful for my unique season of life. I was asked recently by a young professional if I didn't want to go back to work. Here are some of the many reasons why I enjoy doing what I do:

1. This is what I am supposed to do. My husband and I agreed this is what works for our family. I came to realize that not every social circle I belong to understands stay-at-home moms. I also came to realize that it doesn't matter as long as my husband and I are in agreement. Assurance of purpose is a wonderful thing.
2. I get to nurture my own kids. It's so worth it. I do everything. Every. little. thing. God is giving me a glimpse in the past (what my ancestors did so well) as well as an eternal glimpse about His nurture and care for His children. I am also thrilled to be around for every milestone. It means a lot not to hear about what my kids did but to be there for it.
3. I have community. My community 'gets' what I do. We are there for one another. Even if I don't get to see my friends face-to-face all the time, all I need to do is to reach out and they are right there for me as I am for them. The women who are part of my community make this season of life sweeter as well as fun for me. Despite the stereotypes, these women are some of the most brilliant and brave minds and souls I've ever met.
4. I'm there for my kids. We have just arrived at the school age and I am glad that as a stay-at-home mother I get to be there for trips and all kinds of volunteer opportunities. I am also glad to be there to properly verbalize to teachers and school staff how much I appreciate them as well as my daily prayers for them. Yes, I let them know often not only that I pray for them but what my prayers of blessing are all about. I want to see God moving in their lives and blessing them beyond measure.
5. Schedule. I love my schedule. It's tough yet flexible. I thank God for the opportunity to come and go as we need. I'm thankful also for the wisdom to schedule in my fitness training, which gets me stronger for the work of a wife and mother.
6. I get to teach everything. I had no idea how much teaching I'd be doing. Because I am a stay-at-home mom I get to teach my dear children about God, about the Bible, foreign languages (my kids are bilingual and they will for sure pick up at least one more language), manners, nutrition, etc, etc. I never assume that the school or the church are their primary teachers, my husband and I are totally responsible for the kids' education.
7. My Husband. If it wasn't for the hard work and the support of my husband, it would be impossible to do what I do. I thank God for Zeke. He is God's best for me and I am thankful that together we get to raise our children in the ways of God. Zeke is very generous and always thinks about me. He always allows me to rest and encourages me to get refreshed and recharged. There would be no motherhood in our home if it wasn't for my amazing husband who is a great father. I am thankful for my husband! Zeke also encourages me to grow in every area of my life. I can't thank God enough for Zeke.

Being a stay-at-home mom is a blessing. I can honestly say that I used to be one of those people who wondered what in the world women do all day at home. I not only know it but I appreciate those who do. I pray that this week as we remember mothers we appreciate them for all the things seen and unseen that they do. Whether they stay at home or work outside of the home, may God bless and strengthen all mothers.