Yes, a month ago I made the one of
the biggest mistakes I have ever made. I made a decision without thinking it
through, without praying and without listening to my holy spirit. I got a job
outside my home. I have home schooled for the last
few years and my son, our only child, graduated at 16 this year. Off and on
since then people have said I might want to get a job. Won’t I be bored at
home? Isn’t it unfair to have my husband work and make all the money? How can
we afford our bills? Won’t it be nice to have some luxuries?
A dear sweet friend who loves her
job had an opening in her department that I would be perfect for. The job is
sweet and the co-workers are wonderful. The hours are easy, only a few nights a
week and one weekend every once in a while and I would be doing some good. So I
interviewed. And I took the job. All she told me was true, really true. We even
get lunch for 50 cents!
So why was I crying on my way to
work each day? Why was I anxious each night before work? I felt uneasy. I felt
wrong. I felt selfish. I felt like I had made a big mistake. I felt like God
wasn't with me.
I could tell you how my home got
messy real quick. How I didn’t get to see my son two days a week because he
went to work before I got home. I could tell you my husband was lonely when he
got home from work, 3 hours before I did. I could tell you about the really bad
cold I got. I could tell you I felt like a hypocrite because I knew my place
was in the home. I could easily and truthfully tell you all that. And it would
be so true. But mainly I will tell you I was wrong.
I will never make this mistake
again. If the Lord wants me to work outside the home I will. But it will be
with his leading and blessing. Not mine. I know I am to be a Keeper of our Home
in all seasons of my life. And I love my job.
I have a friend who is going through a trial right now. I hate that this is happening, but I know God will bless her in it.
What is your first reaction when a friend has a trial in their life? Do you pour words of encouragement on them? Bible versus? Love and affection? My first reaction is a little different, I usually want to punch the person who is causing the trial. Yes, this does seem a little harsh. But harsh I am. Now I didn't say I did it, but I do want to. My second thought is how can I make this go away for her. And as you all know we can't, but He can. He can and will. The Lord promises us in His word:
1 Peter 5:10 ESV
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When a friend has a trail. Go first to the author of all TRUTH. Seek His word and speak them to your friend. Encourage them to seek Him. Matthew tells us how to address conflict. James tell us we will be tested. Romans tells us to endure. And Philippians is my favorite "Philippians 4:6 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. "
A Keeper of My Home, a wife, a mother, a friend, A God lover, Christ worshipper. I am wife of one really cute man, mommie of one fantastic son and daughter of Christ. I love to Keep My Home. It is my favorite thing to do.
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