Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Compare Game

One of the hardest things we do to ourselves as woman is compare. Who looks better, whose husband is nicer, whose kids are more polite, who's kids are smarter, prettier, had nicer clothes, goes to a better school, can afford a better curriculum  etc etc. Why does Sally with 9 kids always look so good and I can't get 5 of mine to church with their shoes on? 

We have to remember that the Lord has designed us all differently. We all handle things differently.
It's OK. What might be a major crisis in Suzie's house, is nothing in yours.

God calls us to lovingly serve him by serving others. Our husbands and children first. Our priorities need to be in line with God's calling on our lives.

Being a homemaker is work, yes, but it's loving work. We must keep in mind Jesus' words,  ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:45

We need to train our children to be our little helpers. This can sometimes easy the supermom syndrome.

We need to be continually seeking God's will and His plan for our life. And frankly that can be very different then OUR will and OUR plan.

The LORD knows the plans he has for us. (Jer. 29:11) We just have to trust in His plan for us to prosper and give us hope!!! We often fall back on ourselves, wanting and bargaining with God.
He won't take our bargains. You can't bargain for a Ransom that has already been paid!!

The Lord doesn't want us caught us in the Mary Vs. Martha game. He just wants us, to give it our best shot. For some this will look easy, for others you will see the struggle. The point is to remain on task.
Forgive yourself when things go wrong. Immerse yourself in God's word. And correct where need be. Don't be afraid, but be courageous and stand up for Him and His will.

It's a new year, don't get stuck in the rut of the compare game. Love your family for who they are. Don't try and force them to be who they aren't. As long as they are obeying God's word!!

Not all of us will look like the cover of Homeschooling Today Magazine. Not all our children will play violin or harp. There is a world of electric guitar players, snazzy drummers and homeschool rock n rollers who love the Lord. Encourage your children in that. Be encouraged in the Lords will.

From My Heart to Yours


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