I love New Year's Day!! I'm all about fresh starts, new chances, change etc!!! In the past and today will be no different, this day is spent taking down the Christmas tree, transferring birthdays and important dates to the new calendar and time spent reflecting on things I would like to change this year.
To start the New Year off on an encouraging note, I wanted to write about the faithfulness of God. As women, we are designed to be caretakers, nurturers, helpers. As a woman of God, we are called to care for our families and keep our homes, creating a haven of rest for our families. This is no easy task. It requires dedication, selflessness, humility and organization. But the biggest thing it requires is an attitude in the heart - a love for our family and home which begins inside of us and projects in actions from us into the lives of others. Let me also be real here and say that this attitude of love, care, compassion does not come easy!!! It is a struggle against our own desires and wants, it is a real battle to put the needs of others above our own. An intense battle! But with the help of the Lord, it can be won.
Through the years the Lord has put into my heart a love and understanding of the importance of my role as wife and mother. I now understand that my attitudes and actions affect my husband and children and they will carry the actions/attitudes displayed in the home with them forever. With that understanding came the realization that I don't have what it takes to carry out the tasks of instilling love, peace, joy and godly attributes into them. But God is so faithful and area by area, flaw by flaw, sometimes by decision, word, action or attitude, He can transform a heart.
I have by no means "arrived" to any point, but with the realization that I can not do it, but God can, wisdom and change began. My husband and children are "my career" even though I work outside the home. Priorities must be placed to maintain order or I can be scattered all over the place. My sample list is: God, husband, children, home, church, others and after that, if there is anything left over(!), that can be dealt with, but those needs and areas are first.
Hope that I didn't ramble too much, but I just wanted to share the glory of being a woman with you and encourage you to be all that God has called you to be. And don't worry, ask Him and He will do whatever work in your heart that needs to be done. I am living proof, "Is there anything too hard for God", NO!
Blessings to you and yours this New Year!