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When Can I Start Doing IMPORTANT Things?

Several years ago, I remember pondering my purpose as I was standing in the middle of our living room with a stunned look on my face. I was holding a crying toddler who had painful molars breaking through her gums. My feet were surrounded by toys that had been dumped (for the fifth time that day) onto the floor. The couch was filled with unfolded laundry, and I was staring into the kitchen where one of my sons had just accidentally knocked a glass jar of honey onto the tile floor…true story!

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Let me tell you that my purpose in life was not in the forefront of my mind at that moment. I could not see past where I was right then, and frankly, it did not feel important or worthwhile. After all, how can cleaning up sticky, broken glass and disciplining a child who didn’t obey my instruction to not dump out toys be significant?

I know…being a mom is a wonderful blessing. But those moments made that hard to believe.

Have you ever felt that way? Well, let me tell you something you already know but probably need to hear again: They won’t always be this little. They will grow up. And when they do, you will see that this work was not for nothing. It was worthy and beautiful!

Interestingly, as quickly as your children enter your household, that is how fast they will move out as adults. We had four children within 6 years. Those were busy times, indeed. But within another short 6-year period, they all graduated from high school and moved on to do other things.

My husband and I were stunned at how our dinner table dynamics changed so rapidly. What happened to the sweet, lovely mayhem? I caught myself with those thoughts. Was it really always lovely and sweet? It is interesting that I only remembered it that way…

So was I doing something important during those days of raising and teaching our children? Yes!

Was it easy? NO.

A Wonderful Purpose

Was it indeed a wonderful purpose – a blessing given to me by God? Absolutely.

You see, raising children is the BEST purpose we as moms can have. It is an opportunity to train and pour into little minds and hearts. It is a mission field in itself. We are stewards of these little humans God entrusted to us. We are charged with the critical job of loving them, modeling for them how to love their Lord, and preparing them for what God has ahead in their lives.

This brings glory to God. It is a precious and worthy purpose. And I know that it’s not always a beautiful process, but anything worthwhile will involve less-than-glamorous work.

In John chapter 5, Jesus tells us that he is the vine and we are the branches the Father prunes and trims so we may bear fruit. Then he says, “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

When do we start bearing real fruit? When do we do IMPORTANT things and fulfill our purpose?

Sweet mama, it is right now where you are. It is wiping the tears from your little one. It is washing the dishes and keeping the home. It is reciting spelling words. In doing this, you are living for the purpose for which he saved you. He prunes and tends you as a vine so the fruit you bear will richly blossom and grow.

What an awesome (and IMPORTANT) purpose!

How to Fulfill God’s Purposes for Me

Psalm 57:2 “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.” 

How do we fulfill God’s purpose in our lives? I believe it comes from when we allow ourselves to not only hear God’s word; but apply it in our lives when we are experiencing the tests of circumstances. It is during these trials that we must literally depend on God’s power to act in our lives to allow the disaster to pass.

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If there is one thing that’s important to me it is reliability. When I turn on the light switch I expect the lights to come on. When I turn my car keys on I expect the car to start. Reliability is important to all of us, and all too often we can’t find it when we need it most from this world.

Proverbs 25:19 states: “Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.”

If you have ever had a bad foot or a bad tooth you know how worthless they are until dealt with properly. Contrast the unreliability of the world with the confident assurance we have in God.

In Psalm 55 we find David in hiding from Saul, most likely in the cave of Adullam. He was hiding from Saul but depending upon God for deliverance. The stress that Saul put David under with death threats cannot be underestimated, but David survived this time in his life because he trusted in God to deliver him.

And let’s look at Psalm 57:1 where David pleads with God for mercy and then confidently proclaims that he will take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings until the disaster has passed. David would be unable to express that faith unless he had experienced God’s deliverance time after time.

Make no mistake about it, that faith grows when we hear God’s word, apply it in our lives, and experience the test of circumstances when we literally depend on God’s power to act in our lives to allow the disaster to pass.

God is faithful and David affirms this joyously in Psalm 57:10 “For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness to the skies.”

You cannot say what David said about the reliability of God unless you have trusted God time after time in the most difficult of circumstances, and God has delivered you through them every single time. God is faithful to act IF we will call on him for such help every time.

That expectation fulfilled builds confident trust in the Lord that he will act on our behalf.

When that confidence becomes a fundamental part of our thinking and our attitude of expectation, then we may have an explosion of faith in our lives, and when we do, we will more fully understand Paul’s words in Philippians 4:13 that “I can do everything through him [Christ] who gives me strength.”

The material point of Psalm 57 describing God’s faithful help in times of trouble is found in our devotional text, when David passionately affirms in faith that God will act when he cries out to fulfill God’s intended purposes for him through his life.

God doesn’t simply save us or protect us so that we might do whatever!

No, God saves us so that he might fulfill his plan and purpose for us in this life (Jeremiah 29:11). Even in the swirling waters of life we can be serene and calm, knowing that whatever God calls us to do, he will ensure his power to enable us to do it every single time.

Will you trust a reliable God?

Today Lord, I will trust you with my very life, and I will cry out to your for your power to fulfill your purposes through me. Amen.

His Purpose For His Sheep

The Good Shepherd loves His sheep.

He tends, leads, guides, cherishes, feeds, and protects a flock. He’ll even lay down His life for their protection.

As Christians, Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He did more than just dying for us.

He set up a plan and purpose for each of us because He knows that there is an enemy that wants to take us out.
He knows this well because he tried to take HIM out!

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The thief’s purpose is to seal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10 (NLT), emphasis added

His purpose is our good, it’s extraordinary! not for our harm.
I long to walk confidently in that. With that kind of purpose that He has for me, I want to learn how to walk in the fullness of that.

Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25 (NLT), emphasis added

I was a young mom of 3 at the time and I bought several books, searching for answers about my purpose and not “losing myself” as an individual. Those books didn’t satisfy and I was asking more questions than I originally had!

I was introduced to God’s Word and Jesus; a true relationship with Him, and found that my individual-self wasn’t lost after all! I am both hidden and found in Christ. He became my identity.

For me, a rich and satisfying life meant walking in step with Him. Deepening my understanding of His ways through fellowship with Holy Spirit. Joyfully learning to live an obedient and holy life (James 1:22-25).

My question went from “How do I not lose myself?” to “How do I find myself (in Christ)?”; from “What am I doing with my life?” to “What does God want to do through my life?”

Asking that takes me on a daily journey. It has for many years.

I learn the purpose of the day.

It may lead to a vision of something long-term, but if it doesn’t, I know that I lived in the fullness of that day.

As you go through your day with Holy Spirit, can you purpose to pinpoint the purpose of that day?

True Purpose

We all desire to fulfill a purpose. We all want to feel accomplished and worthy.  Often, we spend our whole lives seeking after our purpose, yet still, wind up with emptiness. We seek our worth in our achievements, yet still, end up feeling unworthy. The futility of it all catches up to us eventually. 

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But, as a Christian, our purpose is to glorify God.

Isn’t it ironic then, that our purpose and our worth is actually not based on anything we have accomplished? We do not have to toil or chase to attain it. The work has been done. And our job is simply to glorify the One who has completed the work.

Talk about turning your world upside down!

True Purpose

Our culture teaches us that we must pursue greatness. We must push harder to attain more and we must do all we can to achieve and advance. We are taught that our worth comes from what we accomplish. The focus is on ourselves. And we think within ourselves we will find our purpose.

Yet, the Bible tells us we exist first, and foremost, to glorify God. That is our true purpose.

“Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made,” Isaiah 43:7

We were created for His glory. And the truth is, no accomplishment achieved without giving glory to God, is worth achieving. And nothing we do apart from Him can be for good.

Much of the reason so many folks end up empty, even though they strive, is because they are searching for purpose in the places that do not provide it. They keep trying to attain a purpose that is self-glorifying rather than God-glorifying.

Our purpose is found in worshipping, exalting, praising our Lord, and making Him known.

It is that simple.

Furthermore, there is freedom in knowing our true and only purpose. We finally stop chasing the wind and ending up empty-handed.

The knowledge that we do nothing apart from Him and our whole existence is because of Him, frees us. We no longer chase the unattainable.

Purpose in All Things

Sometimes in the mundane moments of the day, a mother feels like she has no purpose. She has been wiping spills, doing laundry, wiping noses, breaking up arguments…and it all seems to be on repeat day after day.

Is this really what she was created for?

However, when that mother stops and realizes she was created to glorify God, in all things, each mundane moment becomes a holy moment. Each moment, big or small, is a chance to glorify her Savior and a chance to point the next generation to Him.


There is no greater purpose.

Recognize today that all you do is for the Lord. True worth is found in Him and each and every task you do is all for His glory.

Dear Heavenly Father, We come to you today asking for forgiveness for the times we have sought purpose apart from you. Because apart from you, there is no purpose. Help us to live out our true purpose each and every day. To know you, to exalt you, and make you known. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Our Purpose in Christ

In John 15, Jesus gave the disciples what may have been the most powerful command of all. He said three words that can alter their entire lives, “Abide in Me.” Jesus meant for them to find the meaning of life in Him. Walk in faith and hope and all will be well in your soul. Purpose.

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Just like Jesus’s disciples, we have the opportunity to “Abide in Him” they way they did. In that, we will find our purpose and direction that Christ is calling us. 

When we abide in the word of God (Philippians 3:10), we allow Him to take control in our lives. No matter what  circumstances arise we know that we will walk in faith and trust in the word of God, which we read in the Bible. When we feel we are called to help in the ministry, serve others, or step out of our comfort zone we do it. We do it because we know that God is telling us that he has called us to serve His people. 

thoughts you lose your train of thought? It is because we are so busy thinking about our next item on the checklist we don’t just stop and stand still. We need to practice taking time to just sit and be with the Lord. Ask God to reveal our purpose in Christ to us. Pray for wisdom to navigate the twist and turns of life, so that with each step we take it is with the full armor of God. 

God may be calling you to teach in ministry, sing, or help others, but if we are too busy to stop and listen we can miss our calling. We each have our own area of ministry where we can give to others in a helpful way, we just have to look to God for the guidance. We are here on this earth to have an intimate relationship with God and grow over time. By His almighty grace, we can live a peaceful and happy life. We just have to make sure to stop and hear God speaking to us. 

Pray with me

Heavenly Father I thank you for your perfect plans and purpose for my life. That in those moments where things seem quiet, I know you are working in me. Lord, I pray that as I move forward each day I can find wisdom on what my purpose is and that I can walk in grace and help others in how you are calling me. Help me fulfill all that you would have me do in my life in your name. Amen. 

 

God’s Purposes or Ours?

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.Proverbs 19:21

In my early years as a mother, I was often overwhelmed by the enormous responsibility combined with the unpredictability of babies and toddlers. Nothing in my academic or professional life had prepared me for this challenge!

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I tried to control the chaos by creating systems of planning, goal setting, and time management. That’s a rather grandiose way to describe my early hand-scrawled lists taped to the wall above our kitchen table so I could try to keep track of everything. I found so much satisfaction in accomplishment that I sometimes wrote down tasks I had already completed just for the pleasure of crossing them off the list!

Over the years my system became more elaborate, with carefully categorized daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and life plans. I developed a home study course for sharing it and began speaking about how to get things done. It was thrilling to discover that my system worked well for other people too.

But a system isn’t enough.

Lists, charts, and schedules can be wonderful tools to help us be good stewards of our time and our lives. But I’ve learned that while plans are good servants, they can be terrible masters. We can become so focused on checking tasks off our lists that we run roughshod over the people around us. Our plans can even become idols. Successful planning can create pride, arrogance, and an illusion that we really are in control . . . but we’re not. Our days and hours are ultimately in God’s hands, not ours.

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. — Proverbs 16:9

So should we just throw planning out the window? Not at all. The important thing is our heart attitude—our willingness to trust God’s providence and lean on His guidance . . . even when life doesn’t follow our plans. How we handle interruptions is a good way to gauge this.

We must pray for discernment to know how to respond to each situation. Sometimes the appropriate response is to ignore an interruption and continue the task at hand. At other times, an interruption is a signal to be sensitive to God’s timing and to recognize an opportunity to serve someone who really needs us. C. S. Lewis said, “What one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day.” This realization has softened and enriched my overachiever approach to planning.

English nun Janet Erskine Stuart’s attitude provides a wonderful reminder of how God’s providence applies to interruptions. Her assistant’s explanation convicts and encourages me, and I hope it will do the same for you:

She delighted in seeing her plan upset by unexpected events, saying it gave her great comfort, and that she looked on such things as an assurance that God was watching over her stewardship, was securing the accomplishment of His will, and working out His own designs. Whether she traced the secondary causes to the prayer of a child, the imperfection of an individual, to obstacles arising from misunderstandings, or to interference of outside agencies, she was joyfully and gracefully ready to recognize the indication of God’s ruling hand, and to allow herself to be guided by it. (Maud Monahan, The Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart, 93)

A Mom’s Purpose

What is the purpose of a mom? Sometimes we moms feel like all we do is cook, wash dishes, do laundry, and pick up after our families! We don’t always see our value. It can be hard to feel valuable and worthy of God’s love when we feel like we never really accomplish anything! After all, once we get today’s laundry done and meals prepared, it’s right there waiting to be done again the next day!

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But think about what we moms really do all day. Sure we cook and clean, but we also guide our children, love our husbands, encourage our friends, and set the tone for our homes and all who live in them.

Who do our children look to for comfort when they hurt themselves? Who do they want to tuck them in bed or take care of them when they’re sick?

Who do our husbands ask when they’re not sure how to make important decisions? Who do they lean on when they’re stressed or facing difficulty at work?

Yes, being a mom means so many things! In fact, we don’t have a single purpose. We have lots of them! We serve as nurses, counselors, chauffeurs, seamstresses, disciplinarians, chefs, housekeepers, and so much more!

It also means being the ones our children look to for comfort and love and assurance. The one our husbands look to for support and security.

It might mean being a businesswoman or teacher or doctor or writer.

It might mean homeschooling or driving your children to school each day.

It could mean taking care of an elderly parent or sick child.

But no matter what we moms do each day—no matter whether we have “outside jobs” or not—no matter whether our children are grown or still live at home—we will always be moms. Our children will always be our children—even when they’re grown and have children of their own.

Being a mom means hurting when our children or our husbands hurt. It means loving our families so much that our hearts (almost!) can’t hold all the love. It means working until we’re so tired we can hardly stand up. It means kissing bruises and bandaging scrapes. It means making endless amounts of macaroni and cheese. It means reading the same bedtime story so many times that we have it memorized. It means making our children wear jackets because we’re cold. It means helping with homework and praying we got it right. It means watching our children grow up and leave home. It means changing roles as our children grow up and give us grandchildren.

One thing that never changes is the purpose of a mom. A mom sets the tone for her house. She teaches her family to love and to serve as she loves and serves them. She shows God’s love to her friends and family.

A mom’s purpose is to be a blessing to her family and to be blessed by them. It’s building relationships with her husband and her children. It’s caring and being cared for. It’s loving more than you thought possible. It’s understanding just a little about how much God loves each of us even though it’s hard to imagine a love deeper than the one we feel for our children. It’s a gift from God. It’s the best thing about me.

Fulfilling Your Purpose the Wrong Way

Oh, yes!  There is a wrong way to fulfill our purpose.  I’ve been there. Maybe you have. As we look in the Bible, we see some of our fellow brothers and sisters have too.

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Two Biblical examples of fulfilling our purpose the wrong way immediately pop to mind.  Praise God for showing us we are not the only ones that struggle with this. This is part of the dangling fruit that Satan holds in front of us. He tries to make us think our purpose is something other than it is, or that we know the best way to fulfill it. Sadly, sometimes we fall for Satan’s delusions. But praise be to God and his amazing forgiveness, which is weaved throughout our journey.

Before we dig into the Bible stories, let’s dig into our stories.

I want you to take a few moments and think about what most concerns you about your purpose.

  1. What about your purpose concerns you?
  2. Why does it concern you?
  3. Dig a little deeper…answer the above why question, with another “Why?”
  4. Have you arrived at the root of the issue or do you still need to ask yourself “Why” a few more times?

Maybe, as you answered the first question, the answer dealt with not knowing your purpose, getting it wrong, missing the opportunity, not knowing if you are doing it right, etc.   There could be lots of answers here but more often than not, if we drill down far enough we hit the true vein of what concerns us most.  We are afraid. Afraid of (you fill in the blank). This fear is actually a lack of trust in God that can cause us to fulfill our purpose in the wrong way.

Let’s look at a couple of examples:

King Saul

King Saul, handpicked by God himself to be the first King of Israel, was afraid of what would happen if Samuel didn’t arrive on time to make the sacrifice before they went into battle. So Saul took matters into his own hands and performed the sacrifice himself (1 Samuel 13). His purpose was to lead God’s people. Not only was he supposed to lead them into battle physically, but spiritually as well.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 6:10-18

Saul had his physical armor on but he was not holding his shield of faith very well. Instead of being able to extinguish the flaming arrows of fear that the evil one was throwing, Saul allowed the arrows to ignite his fear. His fear then convinced him step out of his position/purpose and into Samuel’s position. In not trusting that God could take care of the battle, even if his men did run away, Saul committed a foolish thing.

“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.  But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
1 Samuel 3:13-14

Moses

The fear of doing it wrong can paralyzes us, if we let it. It paralyzed Moses, after he started out fulfilling his purpose the wrong way.

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
Exodus 2:11-15

Side Note

Did you catch that? Moses looked around to make sure no one would see the sin he was about to commit. He was not being led by God in this moment but by his anger. We can only hypothesize here but could it have been possible that Moses knew he was put into the Pharaoh’s household to help the Jews?  His mother may have guided him in this thought. And if he did know, maybe he started taking action into his own hands instead of waiting for God to tell him now is the time. We know for sure that Moses’ murderous anger does not fulfill God’s purpose and we know he knew that too by the fact that he glanced around to make sure no one was watching.

One of the lessons that we can take from this event is that when we are working outside of God’s law, we cannot fulfill God’s purpose the way He intended it to be fulfilled. God can redeem us from our mistakes, and give us other opportunities to fulfill our purpose of glorifying Him in every situation. We know this to be true because He did it for Moses.

We need to guard our hearts and test our thoughts and our actions to make sure they are in line with God’s ways instead of our own.

Paralyzing Fear

Like Moses,  we may take a step back from our purpose, in fear that we are going to mess up or make things worse than we already have made them. Oh how Satan would love for us to do this. But what Satan means for bad, God can turn around and use.

Satan may have thought he had quieted Abraham’s desire to fulfill his purpose by keeping him out of Egypt for so long, but God used the time to train Abraham. His training led him to be more reliant on God and less reliant on himself.

Fear & Fulfilling

Fear, my dear sisters, will keep us from fulfilling God’s purpose the right way and there is nothing outside of God that we should fear. So next time fear starts to knock on your door, remember to not engage it. Run from the fear to God and trust that He knows more than we can imagine and His plan is a good one. Then, you will not have to worry about fulfilling your purpose the wrong way.

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Hebrews 10:39

Good Instructions for Good Purposes

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

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It’s time to go to the grocery store again. How can these little people eat food so fast?! You scan the cupboards and fridge, writing down what you need to make the meals for the coming week.

Armed with a plan, you round up your small herd of children, the diaper bag, the sippy cups, your purse, the coupons, toys for the baby, the stroller for the oldest to push, food rations, and emergency flare, and proceed to count the kids as you load them into the van. 

You are a woman on a mission! Groceries must happen, because, wouldn’t you know it, the family eats every day. Sometimes three times! And you are the preparer of the food. So you smile, pop in an audiobook to count the trip as school, and mentally go over the store so you can get in and out as quickly as possible. 

As you roll into the parking lot and prepare for the Grand Unloading, it hits you: You forgot the grocery list!

The camera zooms in on your face and for a brief moment you are frozen in time. Then you wail and collapse to the floor in despair. Outwardly, of course, you take a deep breath and brave it anyway. 

In the end, you survive. You leave the store with groceries. However, it felt more like wandering in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights and you’re pretty sure cocoa puffs weren’t on the list.  

Purpose. 

Our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love others well. For us moms part of that is to teach our kids to know and love the Lord, pointing ourselves and our children to Him in all things. Our instructions on how to carry out our purposes are found in God’s Word. 

Far too often we’re stumbling along the aisles without really looking to God’s Word for guidance on how to go about this business of living and parenting for Him. Ladies, when we do that, we might as well walk into the grocery store without a list! (I know, right? The horror.)

But we, dear women, are blessed to have God’s instructions right at the tip of our fingers. 

How to teach our children about Jesus?

How to deal with our own mom anger?

How to have a godly marriage?

How to raise boys of honor?

How to sit at the feet of Jesus?

God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives gives us the guidance and instructions we need to pursue the purposes we have been given. But the wonderful news? Ultimately, it is God Himself who fulfills His good purposes for us. We have the privilege of being a part of that journey, and can trust Him with the rest.

Can I encourage you (and myself) to know our instructions and our Instructor well? Be in God’s Word! I know it’s hard. Sometimes there are seasons where creative Bible reading and prayer time are needed. But we can do it if we make it a priority.

Make the effort to hide God’s Word in your heart. Read up and find out what it says about a certain topic, and ask God for the eyes to see and the heart to understand what He wants you to do.

The more we know the scriptures the more we know our instructions for the purposes we have been called to. It may not look like a grocery list, but it will sure keep us from wandering the aisles of the Christian life!

Lord, please help us to look to You and Your Word when we deal with struggles and uncertainty. Help us to run to scripture for guidance instead of wandering life’s situations without it. In our parenting especially, Lord, teach us to look to You for instruction, and trust that You will bring about Your good purposes in our lives and the lives of our children. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Finding Perspective in Motherhood

Motherhood has its demands and hardships, but we cannot deny that there is a great sense of purpose that comes with this job.  We are raising the next generation and there are countless things that fill our days with purposeful busyness.

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When we are in the heavy parenting years, sometimes it feels like things will never change, the pressure will never let up. Eventually, we find ourselves doing less, but having to think more as we transition our kids into adulthood.

Five of our eight kids have graduated and are out of the house and though there are three still left at home, my role as mom has changed significantly.  I have been asking myself questions for a while now like, “What is my purpose?  What is my role?”

Honestly, being a mom is a forever deal, but our role continues to change through each season of our lives and our children’s lives and the variables in the equation multiply.  It can feel confusing, chaotic and daunting.  Our powers of discernment must become more and more sharp as we deal with our adult children and the complexities of their grown up lives.

We have to continually ask God what our particular role is in this specific season, circumstance, etc because the truth is, we NEED His perspective more and more.

As I’ve been waiting for direction, He has made it clear to me that my first obligation is to HIM.  I find myself leaning in to hear His voice more and more.  Only He can bring the clarity that I need to navigate this uncharted territory.

It’s easy to get lost in this mothering thing and forget that HE is our purpose.

Ephesians 1:11,12

In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

Being a mom is part of God’s plan and purpose for us, but we always need to remember that God has a much bigger, grander purpose and plan.  We have the privilege of being part of that as God sanctifies us through motherhood and our calling to raise the next generation for Him.

Lord, help us to keep our eyes on you as we carry out your purposes today!