In my last blog, I wrote about how I had to have faith when I decided to stay home rather than go back to work. I knew I needed to have faith that God would continue to use me, but I also knew that my new ‘job’ as home-maker was still just that, work. Yes, I may be able to have slow mornings and operate on my own schedule, but I knew that I still needed to work hard around the house. Sometimes, though, housework can be so monotonous. I felt like the only thing I did every day was clean the kitchen and some remedial chores around the house. I couldn’t hardly tell you what the date is, besides laundry day. It was easy to feel discouraged in my decision to be a stay at home mom (SAHM). I went from working a job where I knew I was making a difference everyday to finding small chores to do around the house. It didn’t take long before I wonder if I made the right decision. So, before letting my doubts bury me, I looked to the Word for some encouragement. And that’s exactly what I found.
Philippians 2:13-14 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.”
I began to ask God to help me to see the work I was doing in my home as an act of service to my family. I could either grow weary in cleaning house and cooking dinner, or I could see it as a way to be a faithful steward over what God has given me. The other morning I was listing to a sermon by Steven Furtick and he was talking specifically to mothers. He said, when you feel like your everyday is monotonous, just changing diapers and sweeping the floor, start speaking over it and saying ‘this is significant.’ It will change your perspective and begin to put purpose to what you are doing.
Did you know that as Christians we should do everything for the glory of God? Just like the verse in Philippians we see that we need to work diligently without complaining because it pleases God. Paul goes on to say in verse 17 that my ‘faithful service is an offering to God.’ So even though my days consist of cleaning, nursing, meal planning, diaper changing, etc., I am doing it to serve my family, and that pleases God. I read Proverbs 31 and made a list of the characteristics the Bible uses to describe the wife in the passage. She is energetic, strong, a hard worker, a helper, giver, wise, kind, and virtuous. The scripture says that she is up before dawn and that her lamp burns into the night. I am so thankful that God included an entire chapter to describe a wife and a mom. He knew that it was important to document the work that she did. Why? Because it is significant.
Lord, help me to serve my family in a way that honors you and that pleases you. Help me to do it without grumbling, and help me to see that it is all important in your eyes, Amen.