Introducing this week's Featured Encourager:
Tehila is an Israeli, God-loving, husband-serving, child-nurturing mom of four sweet little ones aged 1 to 11, whom she homeschools.
She resides in beautiful New Zealand from where she welcomes you to receive her FREE eBook for Moms here and roam around her blog at www.womenabiding.com - ‘Encouraging women to abide in God and His Word.’
Herewith Tehila's post:
Being a home educating mother of four precious children, my role as a mother is to be ‘all there.’
A mother can be a stay-at-home, homeschooling, homemaking, homebody, but in her heart she can still be elsewhere.
I confess that at times my own pride has given me a pat on the back for the ‘being home for my family’ role that I play. After all, I am sacrificing a career, financial comfort, a social life, and dressing in a pinstriped suit with red high heels, for the sake of my family, aren’t I?
But, my friend, sobering introspection will reveal that just because you are physically present in your home, it doesn’t mean that you are giving it your all.
Simply sacrificing certain comforts for the sake of your loved ones, doesn’t mean that your sole desire is to bless them, and to serve them unconditionally, continually, and with a joyful heart as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
Being at home doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t rather be doing a whole lot of other things, in a whole lot of other places, with a whole lot of other people.
Psalm 101:2c so wisely states:
I will walk with integrity of heart within my house. (ESV)
Following are two ways to make the most of this season of life; practical suggestions for how you and I can be ‘all there,’ content with the calling upon our lives, and exuding a heart attitude that will please the very nature of God:
Be Present Where You Are
When you are with your children, cooking a meal, talking with your husband, etc. focus entirely on the task at hand, not thinking of other activities that happened yesterday or chores that need to be done later or tomorrow.
As a matter of choice, take the time to savour the moments. Now is the season to cherish the memories, the laughs, the innocence; to hide the precious moments in your soul; to pour into the lives of your children, who look to you wide-eyed, eager to receive instruction and guidance.
You are living in the ‘good ol’ days.’ Ten, twenty years from now, that is how you will most likely view the current season of life that you are in. So enjoy the ‘good ol’ days’ now, rather than being ‘elsewhere’ while they’re actually happening.
Surrender Who You Are
Surrender your circumstances and current position to God.
C.S. Lewis says it well when he explains that there are two kinds of people:
· Those who say to God, "Thy will be done,"
· And those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."
I encourage you to be the woman in the first scenario, who gladly submits and yields to the choice and voice of your Maker. Know and trust that He knows what is best for you and your family, and thank Him for the privileged place of having a family to serve.
Maintaining a “Thy will be done” stance before God is after all a holy attitude which our Lord Himself exemplified during His time on this earth, and which greatly pleases our Heavenly Father.
May the meditations of your heart, your motives, focus, time, vision, and purposes, as you walk within your house be with “integrity of heart.”
Let’s be committed to being ‘all there’ in our homes, as God dwells daily with us.
What keeps you from being ‘all there’ in your home?