Yesterday I went to lunch with a dear friend of mine and we were discussing our jobs and how we miss being with our kids. For 13 years I was a stay-at-home with a schedule that looked something like this: Make breakfast for the kids Drop them off to school Head to the gym for a workout Shower Get in the Word, study, write, pray, talk to God Go eat lunch with a friend or go to Bible Study Laundry/Clean Start Dinner Pick-up kids from school Help with homework Eat dinner Rest and relax because my husband was home and we could all be together for the night or take one of the kids to their sports or activities.
That was then…this is now.
Get up at 4:30am to head to the gym (as I try to convince myself that I can be a morning person!) Shower Take oldest to middle school Head into work Husband drops the other 3 off at school Work Work Work Come home to hubby making dinner and him helping the kids with their homework (We decided I would cook on the weekends) Throw a load of laundry in (as it piles up in clean baskets during the week, never to really get put away) Eat dinner Maybe write a blog post or read if I don’t fall asleep Get to bed before 9:30pm so I can wake up and do it all over again.
Life has changed. My season is different. But just like any season I know this is temporary. That God’s plan is so much bigger for my friend and I.
His plan is bigger for you too.
Our circumstances only get us to where we are going. For us, that may be me working until we are “caught up” with our finances. For my friend, it may be wanting more time to spend with her kids. Where are you going? What are your wanting?
I think for some women that go from being a stay-at-home mom to a working mom, it’s not the working part that is a struggle. I think we struggle with the feeling of missing our mark. Missing the opportunity of who we are and what we become.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. – II Timothy 4:7-8
It’s wanting to Finish Well.
Finish well with being a mom, a wife, a woman in ministry, or a friend. That we do all that God created us to do. And with the thought of going back to work…No, God, I didn’t think that was in the plan.
So we wonder.
We wonder how we will finish.
Will we finish well or just finish?
I know this is for a season but in all things I choose to Finish Well whether it is in my work or in my home.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men – Colossians 3:23