In my late teens, I wasn’t living for the Lord. I quickly learned that a life spent worrying about myself was empty and futile when my daughter arrived on the scene. Oh my, everything quickly became all about her!
But something still felt wrong in regards to my life. I still felt a sense of emptiness. All of the successes that I had wanted to achieve loomed over me. Things I felt were necessary to live a fulfilled life. Things like a completed college degree, a job, world travel. You know, things like that.
I slowly began to check off my unchecked boxes. College degree. Check. But during this time, I still felt great emptiness. Don’t get me wrong, my daughter was my pride and joy. But I had never been taught that a fulfilled life could come from serving the Lord and my family.
Those were my great falling away years. In my early teens, my Savior had brought me to Himself. But over time, I fell away since I was totally saturated by the things of the world. One thing I learned during this time is that we are not as strong as we think. Blessed is the one who walks not in the way of the ungodly (Psalm 1) is a true story. To stay rooted in the Lord, we must separate ourselves from the world.
Anyhow, I was truly a prodigal. Once the Lord brought me back into His fold, I realized that a full and beautiful life was right in front of me. A life of meaning and hope.
Our joy will never come from the external things around us. Sure, we might feel fleeting happiness when we check an item off of our “to do” list of life, but it usually doesn’t last. True joy comes from living a life fully surrendered to God in whatever station we are in.
If we are a wife and mama, that joy is right in front of us. It is staring us in the face. We do not need to seek after the accolades of the world to find it. The Lord so graciously has given us a glorious calling to fulfill.
This calling of being a keeper at home fills us up to overflowing when we walk in His Word. There is no such thing as an empty cup for us. What joy and freedom He has given us!
Don’t let the world and it’s expectations take this from you. This definitely happens to me sometimes. We must remember that the fullness of His grace fills us to overflowing. We are daughters of the King. His calling on our lives is great, no matter how backwards it may seem in the eyes of the world.
I hope that you have a lovely day, ladies. If you celebrate the Sabbath, may your day be full of His peace and love.
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