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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Never be Lacking in Zeal


I have only been a mom for 7 months but it has not been without its struggles. Going into this stage of life there were the obvious challenges like the lack of sleep but I quickly realized that there were many challenges I didn’t foresee such as staying home all day yet some how not getting around to cleaning one single dish in the sink or washing just one of the hundred loads of laundry. I embarrassingly thought being a stay at home mom would be easier than a kindergarten teacher and I pushed it as far as to think I’d actually be bored at home with nothing to do. If you know me you know I never get bored, I’m always busy with something so this was a legitimate concern for me. Now you veteran moms are probably smiling and nodding knowing exactly where I am going with this. Yes, I couldn’t be any farther off base.

Early Earlier in motherhood I sat at my newly joined mom’s group through church sharing how apologetic I was with my husband each night when he stepped through the door and it didn’t look like I had done anything. I do have to quickly preface that nothing about Christopher prompted me to do this, just my nature and he always responded with, “my son is alive and thriving so you’ve done a great job.” Love him. Anyways at group no sooner had I finished sharing my apologetic ways did another mother respond to me with, “It takes a lot of work to make it look like you have done nothing!” I sat on this a bit and realized it was so true!

I acknowledged that raising our son is serving the Lord but it took some time to believe that my place in the home is not below my place in the classroom when it comes to being a servant to the Lord. To view spending my days mainly nursing and washing diapers just as important as reaching the hearts and minds of a classroom of little ones is still hard to accept some days, however this verse from Romans 12:11 has brought a lot of calm and confidence to the many questioning areas of my heart.

My blog name actually grew out of my desire to make the most out of every and any situation - to root where I’m at and flourish, and it was great to recently come across scripture to reinforce this. Now I’m certainly no theologian but my take away from this scripture is that no matter what it is we find ourselves doing in our day to day lives each moment is meant to be in honor of God even if that is cleaning spit up off my shirt for the third time in the hour. And instead of getting hot and bothered by having to change yet another t-shirt (or having to work harder to ignore the smell coming from my shirt because I just don’t have the energy or the time to change…) be thankful that I have clothing to get soiled or even the option to change if I really wanted to!

I love the word zeal, it paints such a beautiful picture of service: never lacking in energy or enthusiasm. That’s the mom and wife I want to be. Or course I’m broken, forever a sinner saved by grace but that doesn’t mean I can’t strive for this. I have fallen in love with this scripture in the last couple weeks and it has really changed my perspective on the now. I hope you find some encouragement in it as well. 

I turned the above image into a {printable}, feel free to print it out and stick it up somewhere as a reminder! 


6 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I think being a mother and raising a family is one of THE best things we can do to contribute to a better society. But, I totally understand where you are coming from. :)

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    1. I agree, but yea sometimes it is hard to see "just" being a mom as that. AND to not view it as "just."

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  2. Lena, that is so beautiful. Thank God for the verses that just stick in our hearts and won't leave, and that arrive precisely when we need them.

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  3. Thank you, Lena!! So encouraging :-) <----- typed with one hand

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    1. Glad to hear that!

      Is there anyway else to type? ;-)

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