The current job position that I have has me on a 9/80 schedule. Simply put, I usually have every other Friday off. This particular Friday, due to us having to leave out of town for our youngest (Joshua) son’s lacrosse games, produced a list of action items and goals I desired to accomplish. In fact, the games would span in two different states with a good distance apart (New Orleans, La. that Friday night and Jackson, Ms. for Saturday and Sunday games.
I had action items to achieve to ease our family of having to rush that evening. This included efforts to take some of the stressors off my spouse who was to drive the long distances after extended hours of work and to create a smooth transition by having, at minimum, 99% of things done. The timeline was tight and I had planned not to waiver or leave wiggle room for anything else.
Then it happened…. Something off the schedule….
Got a phone call from our middle son (Isaiah). The call went something like this: Mom! I left my wallet. I know you are extremely busy today yet if you could find a way to bring me my wallet, I’d appreciate it. Mom!!! I really…
I cut him off mid-sentence. I will be there! I said… give me about an hour to an hour and a half.
I threw that “S” on my chest and intently went to save the day. We even spent s ome time together and I was introduced to many people at his job. With a huge smile, I gleamed with joy that I had completed the list of action items for that day, not as a request from my family yet my own personal goals to serve and to be thoughtful.
It was nothing wrong with me coming through for my son. In fact, I was glad that I was able to aide him as well my family and serve them well. I believe we are placed in one another’s lives with intentional purposes by God. Of course, it has far more reaching value than providing a wallet to someone.
As a mom and wife, my commitment and love brings me joy to serve. I’d rather be the solution rather than an issue. I’d rather build than to tear down. I’d rather be a safe place rather than them feeling like David running from Saul and retreating to dark caves just to gain peace and refuge. Of course, I always want to protect my family as well.
With all that said, I will never be the perfect wife nor mother. No matter how much I try to shield my family from trials, I cannot throw an “S” on my chest to shield them from everything.
Their true refuge, as well as my own, is in Christ Jesus. I cannot be the mother nor wife God created without Jesus Christ. I would not know the right purpose and even align my family without having God light our pathway. I could not serve my family well in any capacity on my own nor with the efficiency I would need to do so.
I am by no means saying I have arrived. I am certainly flawed. I am no Super Shero. Yet I have always taken the role of wife and mother as such an amazing honor. I have made many errors for we are all flawed.
So as we seemingly are viewed as Superwomen or masterful Bionic Ladies, let us keep in mind we are empowered to do so because of the gifting Jesus has placed within us. We are strength to our families as we are clothed with strength and dignity and we laugh without fear of the future.
Proverbs 31:25 She Is Clothed in Strength and Dignity and She Laughs Without Fear of the Future
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! Psalm 143:10 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3 ESV
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. Proverbs 19:14 NIV
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband… Proverbs 12:4 ESV
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22 ESV