A small reflection

‎”Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23

Since I’ve become a Stay-At-Home-Mom, my outlook on life has completely changed. I’ve realized that just because you stay at home doesn’t mean you have less work to do than when you’re at your 9-5 job. More-likely, it will be much more.
I’ve learned that just because I’m a full time homemaker, doesn’t mean my home will always be catalog perfect.

It has taken 3 years for me to fully appreciate this blessing. I’ve been at the point where I had no joy in my calling to be at home. I love my children, of course, but the workload was overwhelming! Because I was home I felt that laundry must be done, rooms perfect, dishes washed, and dinner prepared before my hubby came home from work. I was killing myself trying to keep my 2 children, both under age 5, happy so that I could achieve these goals everyday.

Then a wise person reminded me that we didn’t live in “June Cleaver” world. That was never an attainable world. Joy is more important than a clean house.

I was working for people, not my family, not for God. I was really more concerned in what someone who might (but probably not) drop in for a visit. I wanted people to think I had it all together. I don’t. I never will.

All that matters is that my family sees the Joy of the Lord in what I do! So now, I desire to live my life by the verse above. God deserves the best from me. That best may not be a perfect looking home (we are messy people by nature…deal with it), but while I am cleaning and straightening, I do it for Him. Turn up the music and dig in! Sing out praises to the Father while I scrub the bathroom! Let my family see my love for Him in every situation. Not complaints from a grumpy mommy.

*Father, thank you for the wonderful job you’ve appointed me to for this season. Help me to always be mindful of how you’ve blessed this family. Help me to hold to that love and blessing, and to continue to have joy! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Amen!

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