Sweeping Those Cheerios, Again!

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Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.

Today is snowday number 4 in a row for me. My kids have been home much more than usual, and I am left wondering if my life is meaningful enough.

I am a teacher! I teach math, reading, writing, manners, respect, time management,  and responsibility.  When teaching is taken away from me, I am stuck wondering if I am completing the work I am called to complete while here on earth.

Cleaning, laundry, washing dishes, and wiping sticky finger prints off windows does not feel like God’s work. However, I was reminded this week that many women are called to do God’s work inside their home. Some of us are called to do God’s work inside and outside our homes.

Steven Curtis Chapman has a song that compares sweeping up cheerios to mission work. He makes it clear that it doesn’t matter what our daily tasks are. We still do them to honor and glorify God.

My job for this weekend will be caring for my kids and cleaning house. Both of these fulfill the Proverbs 31 way of life.

Proverbs 31:27-28
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Creating a home where my family is warm, loved, safe, and joyful is as great of a job as any issued by God. It is challenging, rewarding, and honors Him. As I enter our weekend, my focus will remain on doing my best for our family. There will be plenty of time Monday to focus on my students.

Blessings!

Around the Colvin Cottage: Happy Mother’s Day

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How are you celebrating today?  Going out for dinner? Breakfast in bed?  Flowers? Cards? Candy?  No gift can compare to last year in our house!

Last year for Mother’s Day, I celebrated by bringing home Darling Daughter.  We were released from the hospital and brought home our beautiful baby girl for the first time.  We were so happy to get away from the noisy hospital!  Even knowing we would now have to manage without the help of the nurses, we were glad to be home!

Today our lives are so different!  Darling Daughter celebrated her first birthday yesterday!  Superhero Son has learned to love her!  She can play with him now instead of just staring at him!

Mother’s Day is a day for us to celebrate our mothers.  However, it is also a day for me to celebrate motherhood!  I love being a mommy to my two kids!  It is my favorite job!

What are you doing to celebrate your mother and all mother?

Blessings!

Give Up the Guilt!

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Working mothers face a tremendous amount of guilt!  We constantly feel like we are not spending enough time raising our kids, or we are paying someone else to do it for us.  Much of society would lead us to believe that we are not as God-fearing or obedient to Biblical teachings unless we stay at home with our children.  The Proverbs 31 woman would NOT see it that way!

*Let me pause and say that I admire those of you who do stay at home with your children!  My husband and I were both raised by stay-at-home moms, and we thought long and hard about whether or not that was right for our family.  Stay-at-home mothers have an incredibly difficult, yet rewarding job. *

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night. (Proverbs 31:17-18)

She was definitely a workin’ mama!  She probably enlisted the help of other mamas around her to care for her kids while she honed her business skills.  She brought viable income to her family!  

Here is the BIG question!  Ready? What is God calling you to do for your family?  If you are called to stay at home with your kids, great!  Do it!  If God is calling you to work from home while your kids are napping, great! Do it!  If God calls you to establish a career and blesses you with amazing childcare, great!  Do it!

I write and teach fifth grade.  I am called by God to be a teacher!  I am also blessed with an AMAZING babysitter who loves my children and teaches them in a God-honoring fashion. When Superhero Son goes to school in about eighteen months, he will come with me to my school.  It isn’t a life that would work for all of my friends, but it works for our family.

Pray about God’s plan for your life.  Then be smart enough to listen.  Give up the guilt!  If it is God’s plan, then what have you to be guilty about?

Blessings!