As my son held up his most recent punch letter to the light coming through the window, he said, “It’s not shiny enough.” I told him that I could see it just fine. He proceeded to move to the dining room and turn on the light. He held up his work and then said, “There, Mom, now it’s shiny enough.”
How often do we look at the things in our life and say “that’s not shiny enough”? Maybe we don’t say those exact words. They may sound more like: “Oh look at THAT TV,” “I need THOSE shoes,” “Wow look at THAT new car,” “Oh I wish that I had that ________.” You fill in the blank, I’m sure you can. I know I can.
Being a stay-at-home Mom will many times require sacrifices. It will require that we eat at home more. It will require us to be satisfied with what we have. Is it that bad, though? The Bible tells in Philippians 4:11, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
Being a stay-at-home Mom is an honor and a privilege from God. For us to fully enjoy it we must learn to be content. To be content with our material possessions as well as our place in life. God has given you this time to enjoy the youth of your children…to treasure up the memories that are being built. These are times that your children will remember and as they look back in the coming years. They will see the sacrifices that were made by their parents so that they could have the time needed with their mom, so they could receive the moral and physical education needed in life.
So, when the times of discontent rise up, and yes, they will, what will you do? Will you let the ideas run over you like a steamroller and destroy your joy or will you rise up, put your foot down on Satan and savor and enjoy the moments that you have been given? It is all a choice. What choice will you make?
Father God, I come before you, a humble servant. Please forgive me for my discontent. Please renew a right spirit within me. Please help me to look past the material things of life and to focus on the moments at hand that are being built as memories. Thank you Lord for your provision and this opportunity to be at home with my children. You are an awesome God. In Jesus Name – Amen.
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