Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's All a Lie



The world tells me that to be happy I need to drive a nice car, wear beautiful clothes and have plenty of me-time. I need to strive for the body of a 21-year-old and live the American Dream.

And the last time I saw Oprah she wasn't interviewing a housewife who told how she scrimps, saves and eats beans and potatoes in order to stay home and wipe noses.

The cover of Glamour magazine never features a housewife who denies herself praise and prestige in order to be the keeper of her home, and Cosmopolitan won't tell me how to be an excellent wife and the crown of my husband.

We cook countless meals, wash the same laundry and repeat the same non-glamorous tasks day after day and don't receive any accolades. The only thing many of us will receive is scorn from the world who has no eyes to see that the daily dying, the investment in our children, will be the future of the Church.

But God sees all.

He sees every hot meal you make, then eat cold. He sees every tear you cry when you are exhausted. He sees every diaper you change and every slow reader you refuse to give up on. He sees you draw close to that unlovable child. He sees you go the extra mile in cleaning that bathroom as you do it as unto Him. He sees you share the gospel daily with your family by the choices you make, the lines in the sand you draw, the life you have chosen.

You are serving Him.

And He will reward you. Maybe in this life, as your children may one day rise up and call you blessed. But certainly in the one to come.

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' Matt. 25:21






Women Living Well, Deep Roots at Home

33 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Bambi! And so very encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. So encouraging Bambi! My husband works in the legal field and there are so many women in that field. Sometimes when I meet female attorneys, they look at me with an expression of "are you not smart enough to get a real job?"

    Staying home is a sacrifice, but one that is well worth it. My prayer is that I can display a tiny bit of the beauty of being a homemaker to a skeptical world. Whether they believe it or not, being a Godly homemaker does take creativity, brainwork and lots of grace. :)

    Like you said, in the end it really doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks. We are called to serve the Creator of the world and this is the job He has given us!

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  3. Thank you for that comment, Anna! Now *I* am the one encouraged! Such good points!

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  4. An amazing post indeed. I So needed to hear this today. I love it when God speaks to me in these special ways.

    Thank you!!

    Blessings,

    ~Marie

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  5. What a lovely post, Bambi! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. This is an excellent post! You are right, the world may not understand, but God sees and he will reward the hard work and sacrifice. As a mom who has seen two of her children grow to adulthood, and still in the process of raising 4 more, I know it is all worth it!

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  7. Now this is encouragement - thank you Bambi! I shared this on Twitter in hopes that many people will read this and be encouraged. God bless!

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  8. excellent post! you surely have been used by God in encouraging others!

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  9. The thought that God sees our tears as we are exhausted is such a good reminder that all of our feelings matter.

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  10. wow!! i needed this today! i was struggling and at the right moment God brought this along... thank you!

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  11. Very encouraging indeed! Especially lately for me. Thanks!

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  12. Thanks for the reminder! It also made me feel good. I'll lay myself down now and go pick up this little one who's nearby.

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an encouragement this post is. Praise you for lifting up us readers as we fight the good fight.

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  14. Thank you for such encouraging words.

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  15. You are so right! This world never values what Christ values. But God sees it all when it is done for Him. Merry Christmas! Visiting from WLW.

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  16. Such beautiful and truthful encouragement as usual. I love how you inspire women in their true callings as Wives and/or Mothers. I am always blessed when I come to your blog. :)

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  17. Jesus said that the world hated him and that it would hate us, too. It isn't so amazing to me anymore as it once was! "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 1 Corinthians 4: 17

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  18. Just the encouragement I needed this morning. Thank You. :)

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  19. Thank you so much! God placed your post in my lap today and it was very much needed. Praise to God for that! Thank you!

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  20. You are so welcome. The Lord is loving and merciful to encourage us when we need it most :)

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  21. Thank you for this post! Just what I needed to hear! (especially this week!)

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  22. I came over from Amy's Finer Things. This just made me tear up and encouraged me to not let the lies of this world get to me. I've been feeling very stretched and worn down. I really needed this, thank you.

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  23. I love that reminder that the Lord sees every tear I cry and every sacrificial act on behalf of my children. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  24. Amen, amen......very high and important calling!
    thanks for sharing!

    Suzanne

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  25. Keep at it. I now have 3 grown children- homeschooled 24yrs. There were times I was so weary- you think it will never end. Cry over the bad days. All the dirty dishes and laundry. All the good times rolled in there. When you see your kids turn out well. (some don't always walk with the Lord- that is a burden on your heart) But you are so thankful- you were at home. I'd do it all again and it too soon ended.

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  26. I never really settled on what else I wanted to do when I grew up... being a mother and at home is my highest calling, greatest challenge and hugest blessing!

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  27. Wow, I can't believe I never commented on this one before. I even shared it to facebook when you originally posted it, but maybe that was when I was still shy. :) I just had to come back and read this again. It's been such a long week - my husband was on call for his practice this entire weekend, after being "doc of the week" for the second highest-delivery-rate hospital in the state (which means he got every.single.unassigned baby this whole week; a huge blessing in growing his personal patient list, but it means eeeeaaarly mornings and laaaaate nights rounding on babies).

    I have hardly seen my husband at all since last Monday morning. I have done every single dish, every diaper, every discipline (and this was one of those weeks where they were not infrequent). Eaten cold meals? I would consider myself lucky to at least get to EAT this week. ;) Explained 14,700 times why Daddy is not home for supper...or worship...or bedtime...or coming to church with us this morning. And now, when he is finally done with weekend sick clinic, and has seen every baby there is to see, he is at church with our bigs while I am at home with a sick babe, whose poor little GI system is intent on destroying every item of clothing she owns and rendering her little tushie a flaming red mess.

    It is hard to see the forest when you feel stuck in amidst trees that seem to be covered with vines of poison ivy. ;) But that is just one reason - perspective - that I appreciate and enjoy your writing so much. This post has blessed me and helped me breathe deeply once again. Thank you for faithfully reminding us that our work is good, that we do it unto Him.

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  28. Thank you for writing this, I needed this today. Lord bless!

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  29. Thank you for this. I loved it.

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