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Mar
19

Keeping it all Together without Falling Apart

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by Sherri Wilson Johnson

iStock_000007465509XSmallBefore I became a mother, I worked outside of the home. When I added “Mother” to my title, I quit my job and basked in the loveliness (not always) of raising my children. And then reality hit, debts mounted, “rice and beans” and macaroni and cheese got OLD, and I realized I needed to find a source of income and help my hubby, who slaved away every day trying to earn a living.

At first, I tried daycare but they assigned me to a room that my daughter wasn’t in and I couldn’t stand hearing her cry (scream, wail, explode) for me from down the hall. My heart was ripped out on a daily basis. So I quit that job after only a week. Yes, I was weak then. I’m not too prideful to admit it.

Then I tried selling Avon. By this time, I had a three-year-old and a newborn. People often frown on an Avon Rep with two little children in tow. So that “earn $5,000 a month and work from home” job didn’t suit me or my children at all. Nor did it bring in anywhere near that amount of money!

After a few years, God called me to homeschool. It was clear at that point that I wouldn’t be working outside of the home. In fact, my original dream was to become a full-time writer once the children were both in school. God has a funny way of redirecting our paths.

When I began homeschooling, I had to find a source of income that suited a busy teacher/mom and one that allowed me to work at home without having to drag the children along. Work that allowed me to put family first and their education as top priority. Throughout the years, in addition to writing, I’ve been a church secretary, helped my husband when he was self-employed, and done administrative type jobs from home. I’ve done most jobs that the Lord brought my way as long as they didn’t compromise our family or my values.

My children are grown now and I only have one living at home, so I can devote my time during the day to writing and my freelancing while my husband is at work. However, I’ll never forget the days of having little ones running around, crazy schedules, and talking on the phone with a client while kids screamed in the background. At times, it was maddening! It’s tough juggling work and church with motherhood and trying to be a devoted wife. Life can be a little overwhelming at times.

How do you get through it?

I’ve found that when I focus on my spiritual walk, things with work and home go so much smoother. When I get lost in busyness and fail to make time for God, everything turns to chaos. Oh, for a few days, I seem to do okay because my tank is usually full from Sunday morning church. But as the week goes on, if I haven’t spent time with the Lord, I get empty. I’m grouchy and I get flustered very easily. I become too sensitive to things people say to me and I take EVERYTHING wrong!

Worst of all, I get my priorities out of order. I waste my day on frivolous things like Facebook and Twitter or Pinterest and end up spending my family time doing my work. I despise cooking and cleaning and I certainly don’t want to do the laundry or grocery shopping. My whole life in general gets a negative energy. It’s like it’s rained all day and gray clouds are hovering outside my windows and casting a shadow (or complete darkness) on my entire home.

What must be done?

I must redirect myself. Change my focus. Remind myself that the Lord is the one who gave me the family for which I am working so hard. Without them, there isn’t even a need for me to do all the things I do. I’m reminded of how quickly it could all be ripped from my fingers. The job. The family. The church ministry. I need to focus on the things that matter.

I want to encourage you today if you are struggling as a work from home mom and feeling overwhelmed with all of the tasks you need to do, take a moment and ask the Lord to help you. Ask Him to lead you (as in Psalm 23) and help you make tomorrow a better day. Don’t look too far into the future. Just focus on tomorrow. Make a schedule that’s doable and then go to sleep so you can be refreshed for the day ahead.

When we take one day at a time and choose to focus on the right things, God will take that and run with it. All He asks is that we desire to walk in His way and He’ll bless us. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that He has plans for us and His plans are for us to prosper. This doesn’t (necessarily) mean financially. It means in joyous ways that can’t always be measured in material ways. But there’s more to that passage. You see, that first part speaks to the selfish nature in us. Of course, we all want to prosper. But read on. Verse 13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

We must seek Him in order for us to know His plans for us and for us to benefit (prosper) from them. I challenge you to seek the Lord with all your heart, to turn your family and your career over to Him. When you do that, you’ll be blessed beyond all measure. You’ll be blessed to overflowing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sherri Wilson Johnson lives in Georgia with her husband and two children. She loves to dream of romantic places and romance in general–good, clean romance. She is a bird-watcher, loves the ocean, roller coasters, ice cream, her family and her Chihuahua, who faithfully sits by her side every day when she writes. She is a blogger, virtual assistant, freelance editor and a former homeschooling mom. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More (OakTara), Song of the Meadowlark (OakTara) and To Laugh Once More (ChooseNOW Publishing, Dec 2014), and is a columnist for Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries.

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