“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)
I Am The Weakest Link
The women’s rights movement was in full swing as I grew up. Women were well-known doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, politicians – positions that only men used to fill. I knew many women in these positions. The stay-at-home mom was looked upon by many as crazy and one of those Christians. The women who believed in their right to work, as well as many men, saw these women as weak or inadequate.
I believe that is absolutely ludicrous. Having been a stay-at-home mom for nearly 8 years now, I am quite certain those women were anything but weak. While it takes a lot of courage and knowledge to be successful in the “real world,” I believe it takes just as much courage and knowledge to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. However, during my early years of being a SAHM, I was faced with a harsh reality. I really was weak.
Over time, I bought into the belief that if I didn’t stand up for myself and be bold, I was weak. If I didn’t make straight A’s or meet the goals I set for myself, I was weak. When I got married, I felt I was weak if I didn’t have a perfectly kept house with a wonderfully cooked dinner on the table every night – delivered with a smile, as I wore my June Cleaver dress and apron – I was weak. After having children, I still believed that I had to do it “all.” I had to be the SuperMom and have a house so pristine kept that I was the envy of all other mothers. I believed that if I could keep the house clean, dinner ready at the appropriate time, my kids lined up neatly in a row and smiling – I was not weak.
HA! That is not even remotely true. I am weak. I am not a SuperMom. The truth is, I love organization, but with 4 kids running around my house is usually in disarray – at least until visitors are coming and then everything magically finds a home. And for a few weeks we keep it clean and organized, but life happens and soon I find my couch filled with clothes that need folding and put away, a sink full of dishes and dust bunnies mating under the couch.
When I admit that I can’t do it all, when I have tried everything on my own and failed – that’s when I have to rely on Christ. He is the one that gives me strength. He is the one that gives me the power to live and persevere through hardships. When we realize just how weak we truly are, then and only then can we marvel at His perfect power.
So be weak, dear Moms and press on toward the finish.
***Annette has been married to her best friend for 10 years. Together they have 4 beautiful blessings – Mister Bull is 8 yrs old, Mister Mouse is 4 yrs old, Miss Priss is 3 yrs old and Punkin just turned 2 yrs old. They also have 5 angel babies whom they never got to meet, but are anxiously awaiting the day they will be reunited in heaven.
Annette’s homeschooling journey began a little over four years ago when Mister Bull was finishing up preschool. She realized he was ahead of the curve and felt that he would “get lost” in the large class sizes. After much prayer, they decided homeschooling was the right fit for their family. Over the past four-year their homeschooling methods have changed and grown. This year Annette began purposefully homeschooling Mister Mouse and Miss Priss in preschool and Pre-K. While they are still getting into a rhythm and routine that works for everyone, they are making strides and having fun.
Annette shares about their daily life on her blog, In All You Do. There she writes about marriage, parenting, homeschooling, cooking, cleaning and anything else the Lord lays on her heart to share. After the sudden death of her father in Feb 2012, she began to focus more on her Christian walk and daily life with Jesus Christ. She’s learning to live as Christ lived, love and Christ loves and to be the wife and mother God has called her to be. Join her as she shares her journey and talks about learning to honor Christ In All You Do. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.***