“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” Eric Liddle – Chariots of Fire
So before you think I am a marathon runner let me explain myself. This quote has been foundational in my life as a woman and as a mother. Why you may ask? Because as women we wear many hats and many times it’s a struggle to know how to pursue those things that make us smile outside of our children and husband. Sometimes as mothers we think that when the kiddos start grade school we will pursue that dream of ours. Then it changes to, when they get to middle school because that is when they will be able to do a lot more for themselves. Before you know it, 15yrs have gone by and your children didn’t get to see you use your skills, passion and giftedness. I have asked countless of adults if they remember their parents having hobbies, many of them responded with: “I don’t remember them having one, dad just worked and mom took good care of us.” Don’t get me wrong, our family and God should be a priority no matter what passion we pursue, and that is my hearts desire as I juggle lifes activities. This challenge is not to encourage you to neglect your family so you can go and pursue your dreams believe me, I have seen many families fall apart as a result of one of the parents doing that. Remember, life is a constant tension of balance and sometimes that’s hard to put into practice so we tend to live in extremes but usually this type of living is not healthy no matter how noble or good of a thing your pursuing.
I truly believe God made me with multi-purpose written in my genetic coding. Outside of having the honor of being a mother I believe He made me to glorify Him in EVERYthing I do, from removing pee sheets off the bed every morning, cuddling with my little men, sitting in a counseling session with a client, painting, creating and writing articles about crafts, family, food and life. Juggling all of these is a challenge especially when the kiddos get sick. In the midst of it all remember, God has gifted you, so stop hiding your talent under your apron. Or maybe your talent is best put to use when your wearing your apron whatever it is, find outlets to excercise your gifts. When my boys were under 5 years of age, I worked a part-time job so finding time to pursue my passions was a challenge. One of the things I have always enjoyed was painting, so after they would go to bed I would pull out my paint and canvas and start creating. Sometimes I was exhausted and all I could make myself do is get dinner on the table but I tried to make the most of those evenings that I did have energy to do what I loved. I also tried to incorporate painting into my day with the kids looking for ways for me to share my passion with them, that was another way I excercised my giftedness.
Fill this in with your answers: I believe God has given me the honor of being a mother/father, guardian…., but he also made me _______. And when I _______ I feel His pleasure. If you are still trying to discover what this is I pray that you don’t give up because He delights in giving you His pleasure.
Mine would be: I believe God has given me the honor of being a mom, but he also made me creative and compassionate. And when I create and serve those around me; whether it’s in on cyberspace, in my community or in my home I feel His pleasure.
“I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.” If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.” Eric Liddle
Blessings as you run the race and thank you for letting us journey alongside of you as we create, love, laugh, grow and celebrate life together with our families.