I borrowed A Love that Multiplies (written by the Duggars) from my sister. There is a poem in there, that really spoke to me.
I have been a SAHM since my boys were about 3 (so about 11 years now). I did substitute teach until my daughter was born when they were 8 and then I stayed at home with her full time. I am now a SAHM and a Homeschooling mom of all three of our children. Anyway, sometimes, I wonder what I am doing with my life. I love my kids and my husband and I love being at home. But, sometimes, I wonder if I should be working in a career so we could have more and do more. Then I read this poem:
A woman fretted over the the usefulness of her life.
She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother.
She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference.
At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated.
"Is it worth it?" she often wondered. "Is there something better that I could be doing with my time?"
It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard the still, small voice of her Heavenly Father speak to her heart.
"You are a wife and mother because that it is what I have called you to be.
Much of what you do is hidden from the public eye, but I notice.
Most of what you give is done without remuneration.
But I am your reward.
Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support.
Your influence upon him is greater than you think and more powerful than you will ever know.
I bless him through your service and honor him through you love.
Your children are precious to me.
Even more precious than they are to you.
I have entrusted them to your care to raise for Me.
What you invest in them is an offering to Me.
You may never be in the public spotlight, but your obedience shines as a bright light before Me.
Continue on. Remember you are my servant.
Do all to please Me.
I just had to share this with some of you. It really made me stop and think...I hope it encourages you also.