A God Thing

Stop and Smell the Roses

I’m a pretty impatient person. Especially when I know that God has promised a hope and a future for me (Jeremiah 29:11), and when I can see His goodness working in different parts of my life. For example, I believe that He has given me a passion to be a stay-at-home mom someday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people who thinks that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, but I do believe that it is one of the most important jobs, as well as one of the hardest, in the world. And it is one of the most historical, as women in Biblical times were rarely anything but a housewife. These ladies were regarded as wise in the Bible, too.

Proverbs 14:1 – “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

Even though I know it will be difficult, to me it is the perfect life. But with great desire comes a great need to be content. Desiring at a fairly young age to be a housewife poses its challenges. It isn’t like walking into your favorite restaurant, filling out an application, and getting hired as a new waitress. God designed this to be a beautiful and delicate process. And it requires a lot of waiting. But in this waiting, God has been teaching me to be content in the life I have in Him. He is the only one who can sustain and satisfy me.

But He can’t do that very easily if I’m constantly wishing for something or someone else to sweep me off my feet (which, if I am honest, I have spent most of my life doing). It just won’t be worth it if I don’t keep Jesus at the center. In fact, some of the happiest marriages I’ve seen are the ones where both partners are pursuing Jesus more than each other. I want that kind of happiness. And I know that God wants that for me too.

So if you’re anything like me, it’s really hard to wait for God’s plan to be revealed. You ping pong between being satisfied in the Lord and wanting something more. If you’re already a stay-at-home mom maybe you love your job or maybe you find it extremely difficult to get through each day. I would encourage you to still your heart. Commit your heart, mind, and soul to the Lord, and rest in Him. Life becomes much more enjoyable when we leave our worries and anxieties on the altar and we learn to be content with Jesus alone.

Hebrews 13:5 – “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”