Friday, April 1, 2011

a high calling.

On Sunday our teacher preached on honoring God in your work. At the beginning of the message he was talking to us and to get a feel for how diverse a group we had he started naming off careers and had people stand if they worked in that field. I didn't think I would stand. I don't have a career. I'm just a stay at home mom. But to my surprise he said, "now stand up if you are in child care. If you're a stay at home mom." I slowly started to stand looking around to make sure others were standing too. As we timidly stood everyone started clapping. 

I stood there shocked for a moment. Why was everyone clapping?

I started to feel that lump in my throat. Why am I getting emotional about this? Pull it together!

I sat amongst,







But, we were the only group that stood that people clapped for. 

I couldn't hold it in, tears quietly wet my cheek. How often to I believe the lie that our society  says about stay at home moms. That we don't have a career. What we do isn't that important. It's our second choice. We do it cause we have to or can't do anything else. We're just stay at home moms after all. 

I have struggled with this, wondering if playing cars with my son is really that important. If holding Vanessa when her stomach is bothering her really helps? Would they notice if I didn't read them a good night story? If the verses I say to them over and over sink in? I think that someone else could do a better job than me. 

But then God faithfully reminds me of what is true.  You know what? Someone probably could do a better job, but he didn't give them to someone else, entrusted these two little blessings to me. I remember something else, there is nothing else I want to do. I love being a stay at home mom and no career sounds more appealing. I also think of all the poor children around the world that don't have moms to answer they're cries. 

Rober Moore shares this in his book Adopted for Life, " of all the disturbing aspects of the orphanage in which we found our boys, one stands out above all the others in its horror. It was quiet. The place was filled with an errie silence, quieter than the Library of Congress, despite the fact that there were cribs full of babies in every room. If you listened intently enough, you could hear the sound of gentle rocking-as babies rocked themselves back and forth in their beds. They didn't cry because no one responded to their cries. So they stopped. That's dehumanizing in its horror."

It does matter that we rock our babies. And change their dirty diapers, and teach them bible verses. It does sink in. Think of what it would be like if we didn't. 

I believe that I have the high spiritual calling as a mom to raise my children in the ways of the Lord. I've been entrusted to nurture and mold someones heart. I have the responsibility to teach my children what it means to follow God and to honor him with their lives. 

"my mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All that I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her."
 -George Washington.

"her children arise and call her blessed."
-Proverbs 31:28

What an awesome responsibility and honor we have as mothers.


arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

what a beautiful post! wow, i needed to read this today and i wholeheartedly agree & have a heart for those like us who stay at home. our "job" is God-given and i'm should be grateful for the opportunity i have to stay at home. thank you so much for sharing! :)


life chasers said...

SO good! I truly believe that being a stay at home mom is the highest calling there is but you're right, it often gets disheartening listening to the culture around us. I don't blame you for getting emotional...
You are valuable!!!!

Jami said...

beautiful post! I love to be surrounded by others who understand that this is the most important job in the world. We have the responsibility to raise young men and women who are loving and can stand for the truth of the Gospel. I never take it lightly. Have a great weekend!

Marli and Memory said...

This is SO WONDERFUL! My Mom is a stay at home mom to us kids. She always has been... she's never worked when she had kids. She loves it and encourages my sister and I to be stay at home Moms too when we are married and have kids. :)
Sadly, alot of people out there really down play stay at home moms. But it's one of the highest callings ever. My Mom loved homeschooling all of us kids all the way through high school too. :)
Great post!
(sixteen year old)

keely steger said...

Beautiful post. Thank you so much for the reminder.

Sara Harmon said...

I couldn't agree more!!

Carly Jean Brannon said...

What a great post! So encouraging :)


Mamasita said...

i just got sooo choked up reading this!!! :-) loved every minute of it!
i have a quote on my fridge that i look at quite frequently:
"children are the anchors that hold a mother to life."
*** my daughter is my world and i would have it no other way than to spend each day at home with her!!!
blessings to you mama!!!

kenzie said...

this was beautiful, thank you! xo

Katherine said...

I've been peeking in occasionally after I saw your pictures on Emma's blog. I just love your post about motherhood... We need to hear this counter-cultural message more often and to be reminded that this is a "career" that pleases our Father. Our work as mothers has eternal value! Beautiful pictures, too!

bandofbrothers said...

what an AMAZING post! you wrote so beautifully and the pictures are gorgeous beyond words.

sniff. i love being a mom. it does matter. it's our service to God right now. one that we will be held accountable for when we stand before his throne--that thought alone inspires me to do the dirty diapers and tantrums with a happy heart.

Jamie said...

beautiful words on motherhood. i cried too.

i just got caught up on your love story part 2. can't wait for the rest! and amen to dating being the worst.

Melissa said...

Wow, SO TRUE!!Love that. I just got goose bumps and tears in my eyes. That was beautifully said. Thanks for the encouragement.

he calls me wifey said...

so much preciousness!

Z said...

Looooooooved this post! Amen to everything you just wrote!

Motherhood exceeds every career out there.

I didn't realize that until my oldest turned 1 and it hit me like a ton of bricks that everything I was working for was so meaningless compared to what I was doing now, which is being a mother.

It truly is the most important job.

And that excerpt from the book in regards to adoption stirred such sadness within me. Every child deserves to be loved. It breaks my heart to know that many are not.

Once again, beautiful pictures!

Anonymous said...

i love this. thank you for sharing it.

i have friends who have careers outside the home and they look at me like its a quaint, sweet little thing i'm doing but nothing more.

the Lord values our work. this is what we were made for.

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