Wednesday, August 31, 2011
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
In reading Acts a few months ago I came across a verse that totally rocked my world and changed my perspective in a huge way. You see, I'm a stay at home mom, for the most part. This new chapter of my life came pretty abruptly, as does the birth of a new child. Suddenly, your entire world is filled with change and just when you thought you were getting the hang of life you realize that you are back to square one.
Talk about a rude awakening. In fact, it's an awakening that occurs every hour of the day...and even every hour of the long, sleepless first few months:)
Being a new mom comes with so many changes and adjustments...but being a stay-at-home mom is a whole-nother-level of change. Not only does your entire world change, now revolving around this tiny human being...but so does your entire occupation.
I don't think anyone can really appreciate what that actually means unless they have gone through it. All of a sudden the area in which you are an expert no longer seems to exist- and you are thrown into a new job with new rules, a new boss (mine was 7 lbs- but still demanding), a new location...and no orientation to get you accustomed.
The demands of being a mom are never ending (but, oh...so are the sweet, sweet joys).
But I know for me, there have been many days in which I wondered how God was going to use me in this new phase of life. No more adventure-filled mission trips to Africa. No more visiting the projects and going door to door meeting some of the sweetest people I will ever know. No more spending months in 3rd world countries, hours at an orphanage, or late night conversations with friends in need.
For some people, they might have the superpowers to accomplish all those things....but not for me. The birth of my daughter brought many changes to my life. It ushered me into a new season.
I have been on a journey of finding God's will for me in this season of my life. Now, don't get me wrong, I think being a mom- and being a good one at that- is enough of a purpose for any hard working mom. But for me, I had entered a season in which I felt that there was more. My soul was thirsty for more.
And then, I stumbled across this incredible, incredible passage.
I've read the stories of Paul's journey's in bringing the gospel to the world plenty of times. But never did I really grasp the fact that two years of his most significant ministries was spent in the city of Rome, under house arrest after being ship wrecked.
For two years, Paul was not allowed to leave his home...but that didn't stop him from having significant impact on the kingdom of God and loving on the people around him. For two years Paul proclaimed the name of Christ within the walls of his own home, accepting visitors, and welcoming friends into his home. He encouraged them, loved on them, and shared with them the hope that he had in Jesus...
That clicked with me in a large way.
You see, there are times that because of the demands of a baby and life as a mom that I, too, feel as though I'm under "house arrest". Now granted, being a mom is nothing like prison. It is a joy and a blessing to invest in our children and I wouldn't trade it for the world. But as far as the flexibility, freedom, and spontaneity I used to possess...yeah...no such thing anymore.
My world is limited by the sweet little child that God has blessed me with. She is my world, and she comes first. That said, as much as I would love to be "free" in living my life...nap times, bed times, and feeding times come first!
Talk about a sort of house arrest.
But God opened my eyes in a huge way by showing me that just like Paul, I can be free to do God's work through my life no matter WHERE I am or what season of my life I am in. I want to take that challenge and really live a life that reflects the love of Jesus to the world around me right within the walls of my own home.
The past few months, just like Paul, I have made it my calling to really use my home as a place of ministry. I have opened my home to friends for lunch, for prayer meetings, bible studies, coffee dates, play dates and dinner gatherings. I have used this place as a way to share all that God has given me with the people around me, and to teach all that God is teaching me. And in turn, God has opened my eyes to the people that really do need this kind of hospitality and love. They're all over the place if you take the time to look for them.
We can be used by God no matter where He has placed us....because He has placed us there for a purpose.
My prayer for you is that God renews your passion for this specific season in your life. Whether working a dead-end job, studying, a stay at home mom, career, or looking for a career...God has placed you in this season of life for a purpose. Be open to what He has for you, be open to His calling on your life. Because no one else can do what God has created you to do.
Can I get an Amen?
Lessons Learned by Debra Fileta at 1:09 PM