It was after reading that quote last year, that I had a light bulb moment about my role as a working mother. This is what I wrote at the time on my other blog:
For so long, I've prayed and anguished over not being a stay at home mom. It's what I feel called to do. I didn't understand why God would place this yearning on my heart to mother a large family but not see fit for me to serve them at home. Why do I have to live with one foot in both worlds? How would I ever reach my true calling?
But this morning, I realized my calling isn't necessarily some future event in which through God's grace I will become united with later. It's not out there, it's not when the money is right or when I find the right job. My calling is RIGHT NOW! Where I am right now - as a working wife and mother - is where God has called me to be. I'm releasing the guilt I've felt in the past. I'm releasing the anger over not being able to change my situation. I'm going forth embracing my life as it is and praising God all the while.
It's not giving up on a dream or passively letting life happen to me. It's accepting God's current will for my life. Where he wants me TODAY.
For those of you who are wrestling with feeling like you are not the wife or mother you should be because your current situation finds you working outside of your home, BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE! Take on your role as working home keeper and forget all those voices that say you can't just because you earn a paycheck outside of the home. And when balancing both gets rough, stand firm in the promise that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I choose to believe that includes both keeping my house clean and working full-time :)