February 7, 2015

Being an ORDINARY mom in an EXTRAORDINARY world

The chaos of this moment. This exhaustion. This tireless schedule and the endless demands of motherhood. The spilled milk. The tantrums. The homework. The diapers. The tears. (theirs AND yours :)) Trying to stay on top of discipline in the middle of a teachable moment when you would rather collapse into bed and shut it all away. Knees deep in laundry with a sink full of dirty dishes.  It seems a dirty, exhausting, thankless job at times.  

That's when I'm tempted to reach for something SEEMINGLY more significant.  Something GRAND.  Reaching for applause.  Reaching for something to satisfy my desire to be heard.  To be seen.  

But buried under all of the chaos and demands.....I forget that being a HOMEmaker isn't just cleaning, doing laundry, wiping spills, fixing broken things, washing dishes, putting band-aids on boo-boos, driving back and forth to soccer practice, helping with homework, mediating arguments and wiping dirty faces. 
It's making a HOME for my family. 
Creating an environment that will CULTIVATE young women and men of FAITH. Fostering an atmosphere of LOVE and FORGIVENESS, GRACE and COMPASSION. 
Making HOME a place of PEACE. A shelter and a safe haven from the world to STRENGTHEN them to go INTO the world and CHANGE it. 
Being a homemaker is my GREATEST contribution to the Kingdom of God ....because in making a HOME I am making world changers.

In my effort to chase after the SEEMINGLY more significant, the more notable things......I have neglected those things which are right in front of me.  The MOST significant things.  The more NEEDFUL thing is in the ORDINARY THINGS THAT I AM CALLED TO DAY AFTER DAY.  It is in my faithfulness to those things that the Lord shows up in the midst of it all and does EXTRAORDINARY things....and brings a heavenly PURPOSE and DIVINE destiny to what might be the most ordinary of days.

Just an encouraging word for you mamas ......even in this moment we are planting seeds --- and though they may be small and invisible when life is screaming a LOT louder and painting a bigger picture -- those seeds (planted early on) reap a harvest of righteousness one day as they become the men and women of God they were created to BE.
This moment is temporal. 
But what God is doing in YOU and in your little ones is an eternal thing. He is perfecting and shaping. Burning off the dross that you all might come forth as pure GOLD TOGETHER.
We are growing together.
and even in THIS moment is the DIVINE. 

                                   For Heaven is shaping us, our children   
                                 and our home to be an image of HIS glory. 

Don't think you can see His glory in the mess?
Look closer and don't take it lightly. Sometimes we need to focus more clearly on those things which we cannot readily see and appreciate the work God is doing while we are doing OURS.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

And moms?
Before you think you're "JUST A MOM."  
Somewhere ....buried under all the titles you have accumulated..... "mom", "wife", "friend"......is something that defines you even more than the positions you hold. Underneath it all....is your identity. Your gifts, passions, talents, personality and purpose. It was all woven into your DNA before you were born.  

Before you were a mom, a sister, a wife...... you belonged to God.
  When you stand before Him one day....it won't be as a mom or a wife. It will be YOU. As He created you. The way He made you. Just as you are. Sometimes buried under life we forget who we are, who we belong to and what we are made of. If we can keep sight of that?
 Then who we ARE will overflow into all the God given roles we have here on earth and we will do them in a way that only we can!

Let us not neglect those things which are right in front of us in pursuit of other things.  It's a HIGH CALLING....these children we've been gifted with.  There IS no higher calling than the one we've been given in THIS MOMENT HERE.  
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