Monday, October 26, 2020

Finding Freedom as a Parent or Homemaker

It is extremely important to look forward and not back. Too often our minds start dwelling in the past and somehow our memory of things becomes skewed by sugar coating the actual experiences. We start longing for the good old days. This is not the way to walk in freedom. We are actually allowing our minds to be brought into a type of bondage as it produces depression and dissatisfaction. 

When you were walking in singleness you were desiring a marriage partner, children and a home of your own. Now that that is a reality you may not be feeling the joy and contentment that you once expected. When you have a young family there are a plethora of demands on your time. You are not experiencing wonderful accolades or pats on the back for a job well done. No one seems to notice the continual cycle of cooking, cleaning, shopping, wiping noses and yes, wiping butts! Where is the promotion? The freedom I once had now seems to be lost.

The Lord desires you to readjust your vision. He has a perfect plan and purpose for your life. The things you are experiencing now are a part of the building blocks that help form His character in you for your future. There are many people who would love to walk in your shoes. Lift up your eyes and ask the Lord to reveal what He is developing in your life. Rejoice in the growth of your children, the love of your spouse, the roof over your head, and the food you are able to prepare and enjoy.

Sit down and enrich your life in the Word of God. Teach it to your children and discuss it with your spouse. The Lord desires you to look forward with expectation for your future. He loves when you walk in freedom by experiencing the depth of joy that comes from knowing Him. His path is perfect for you.

“ Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet: but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Evaluate your emotions. Are you beginning to wallow in self-pity? Run to the Lord and His Word. Get a spiritual refill. Thank God for the positive things in your life. Rejoice in the true freedom you can experience when you look forward to His perfect plan.

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