The school year has begun and it’s hard. Daily, I feel like there isn’t enough of me to go around. Daily, I wonder if we will get it all done. Daily, I cry out to my heavenly father to help me. At the beginning of the year I prayed that God would somehow make this year easy. However, the other day as I say quietly in prayer, I realized that it just isn’t going to happen. This is a hard season of life, and no amount of praying will make it less hard. Rather than praying for a lighter load, I am now praying that God would give me the strength to rise up and face what is before me with joy.
The Lord is answering that prayer. More than ever before I find joy in correcting schoolwork, driving my kids from place to place, cleaning my house, and cooking meals. I used to feel like these were the things that I had to do, simply because they came with the territory. Someday, I would do more ‘exciting’ things that really mattered. I don’t feel that way anymore. I know that this is where God has me. Loving my family and caring for my home is my calling, and it absolutely does matter. I’m not saying that I flit around the house like Snow White did while she was cleaning up after her seven little people, but in my heart I have embraced this calling and I am delighted to be where I am in life. I don’t do it all perfectly, but I do it unto the Lord and, as weird as it sounds, I feel His pleasure when I clean the bathrooms and read with my seven-year-old.
Where does God have you? Maybe you are a mom that has to work outside of the home. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and you are waiting for better days to come. Maybe you are single and longing for a family of your own. Maybe you are retired and are struggling with wanting to be useful. Whoever you are and wherever you are in life, meet with God in that place and do whatever He places in your lap with joy and thanksgiving, but above all, do it unto Him.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23