Encouragement

The Homemaker

I have just started a new Bible Study called “True Women 201: Interior Design,” by Mary A Kassian and Nancy Leigh Demoss. It is very good and has me thinking about a lot of things in my life. I’ve had to make decisions lately that have been hard and I’ve felt pulled in so many different directions. I am really focused and encouraged on the verses at the beginning of this study.

Titus 2:1, 3-5

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine… Older women…are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so to train the younger 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.

I have had to make some decisions to let go of some things to get back to my most important calling to be a stay-at- home wife and mom. The part of these verses that really sticks out to me right now is “working at home.” I am so busy all the time, I am rarely home. There’s always something going on and somewhere to be. It seems, more often than not, my housework gets pushed to the side and sometimes my family. Of course, I still get things done. But, is it my best? And, do I try to hurry through it just to quickly get it done?

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to stay at home to take care of my family. I believe God placed that longing there a long time ago. I have not always stayed at home. I worked outside the home until about 5 years ago, but the desire was always there. It still is.

It’s very encouraging to me to see that it’s good for women to be working at home. I know not everyone can do it, but I know I am called to. God has worked in my life to allow this to happen and I need to treasure it.

It was Memorial Day weekend 5 years ago. I was at home with my family after working a long week at my job. There was a rush and burning inside me that I needed to talk with my husband, David, about quitting my job and staying home. He was very much against it. He had been and that’s why I was still working. So, I decided to mention it to him and leave the rest to God. I knew God was in control and I needed to quietly pray about it and not say anything else to my husband about it.

A few days later, I’m at work and I get a text from David. He said something like this, “I’m good with you quitting your job to be a stay-at-home mom. I don’t know when I’m ready for it to happen, but I’d like to see where you can save your income for about 3 months just to know we can do it.” I was blown away! I couldn’t believe it was all happening so soon. I responded, “Yay! I’m so excited! I’m glad you want to see where we are able to save 3 months of my income because it’s already been done!” He was just as surprised as I was. I showed him what I put aside and he was amazed!

Later, my husband told me that while he was driving down the road for work, he had an overwhelming feeling come over him. He had to pull his truck over to take it all in. He said to me, “All of a sudden, God was telling me it was all going to be ok. I had to just sit on the side of the road and wait until I could drive again.”

I put my notice in at work and became a stay-at-home wife and mom just a month later. Thank you God!

It is good to be reminded of what we’re supposed to be doing. Each one of the points in Titus 2 can be broken down and individually talked about. For now, I know this is where I need to focus. They all go together pretty well, but can also be their own topic. Don’t let anyone or anything distract you from what God has called you to do.

 

 

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