Now that I am a full time stay at home mom, my role as wife and mother has become my vocation. This has always been my dream. In college I did have seasons where I wanted to be in broadcast journalism or be a lawyer, but I always knew that ultimately I wanted to be a mom and stay home with my kids. Little did I know that God would give me my dream so early. At 21 I became wife to Jackson and at 22 I became mommy to Parks. I consider it my biggest honor, privilege, blessing and joy to serve these two men.
The past few months the Lord has really put homemaking on my heart. This is funny because right now, we don't actually live in our own home. We are living with my parents while our house in Charlottesville closes. Nevertheless, I have really felt a call to honor the Lord in my current role by serving my family as homemaker. As I have studied Scripture on this topic and listened to some great sermons, I have been encouraged by God's plan for women as homemakers. Titus 2 is a passage that I've been studying lately and it gives very specific instruction to women.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2: 3-5
The more I learn about the heart of God, the happier I am being a wife and mom. I don't feel less significant because I don't have a career, I know that I get to do the most significant job ever: teaching little impressionable hearts to know and love God. A job with eternal significance! It has also helped me to really view homemaking as a job. My contribution to the family is keeping our home running smoothly and efficiently and taking care of our children, just like Jackson's contribution is being the financial breadwinner for us. Household chores are not my favorite thing to do and staying on top of things can be a real struggle for me at times. With the Lord's help, I am improving and doing my best to serve our family in the role God has ordained for me. If you are a mom, be encouraged that you are doing something that is God ordained and worthy of praise! I know there are many trials and hardships that come with being a mommy but I am convinced there is abundant joy to be had as well. God is faithful and will help us in whatever he has called us to.
What has helped or encouraged you in your role as homemaker or future homemaker?