Friday, October 4, 2013

The Truth

There are so many awesome things about this "stay-at-home" lifestyle. I know some people think it's boring and that you can't possibly be fulfilled or happy this way, but I disagree.

Having taken over the household responsibilities for a while, I think I can better understand a normal stay-at-home mom's point of view::

Don't you wish you were a little more *cough* socialized?

 We have (around) forty people that come to church in the living room on Sundays - not to mention Wednesday nights. There's a ga-zillion friends that I share letters, emails, texts, phone-calls, video-calls and normal visits with. (I just came home from a sleep-over, actually.)On top of that, somebody is always coming over for supper.

What do you do, stuck at home all day?

Well, for myself,  there's much preparation for the aforementioned company, on top of which sits the normal laundry, three-meal-a-day cooking (very rewarding, btw), teaching school (I'm a 6th-grade math tutor for my awesome little brother), a blog that I try to keep up with, numerous sewing projects, crochet projects, garden work, canning and half a million projects for my graduation next spring (!!!). Throughout the day I also goof off with my brother and sisters...and Dad and Mom (*grin*). Most nights, I tell stories and/or sing songs before bed for my smallest sister, play piano for church on Sundays, try to keep my assigned parts of the house picked up, sing with my Mom and sister for church, and keep up with the emails and letter writing.

I could go on, but I've grown tired of the subject ;)

But aren't you wasting your talents?

Last time I checked, *peeks into her work-to-be-done folder* I was using every last one of them. (Writing skills, *check* musical talents,*check*, acting/animation, *check* entertaining, *check*, cooking, *check* sewing, *check* teaching, *check* ....need I go on?

Sometimes it's easy to feel  pressured by everyone else's thinking and standards. If you're not careful, you can start to feel like you really don't do or amount to much - but I encourage you to look up!

 "Let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be in you" - you're not from this world, so why bother with fitting in? You're called to be different, and if God asked you to stay home, don't accept the World's idea of what is "fulfilling" for a woman. Instead, know that everything God creates is "very good" - including this perfect job for you.

Let people say you're wasting your life. I don't care if you're the head of a famous company in New York City - there are always discouraging days when you feel like what you're doing doesn't make a difference and isn't important. There may be days when you feel bored and wonder if your talents could be put to better use somewhere else. Don't listen to the discouraging, chiding comments of others or the thoughts that Satan tries to discourage you with - if God asked you to do it, it is important.

"Little is much when God is in it
Learn to labor and to wait
There's a crown and you can win it
If you go in Jesus name."


~The Keller Girls~ said...

I just love reading your posts! They are always so encouraging!

Thank you very much!

Elisabeth said...

You're a very accomplished young lady. I didn't know half of those things when I married.

I agree. There's always plenty to do around the house and all your creative skills can be put to good use. Home is a wonderful place to be.