Fellowship Friday: Being With

Brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being seperated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 
-1 Thessalonians 2:17

Remember when I said I just want to be this week? It's more difficult said than done. I was supposed to work from home Monday and Wednesday this week. And then work things came up. And guess what's the first thing to get sacrificed? Yep. Mud pies, scavenger hunts and neighborhood parades.

I've been really grouchy this week because my schedule with the kids didn't  necessarily go as planned. Then yesterday I opened my devotion "Savor" by Shauna Neiquist. The devotion for the day was titled "On Being With" (Isn't it incredible how God knows our hearts?) He reminded me that I need to show myself grace. That he has given me the opportunity to do what I love as a living and have my dream job of being a mom.

I love what Shauna says here:

I love what I do, and I'm so deeply thankful to travel for work to so many beautiful parts of the world, but at the same time, I don't want to miss even a moment in this, my every day life, the blood and bones of day to day. 

Maybe this is how it's supposed to be. My friend Steve says that you're a lucky person when you love to go to work in the morning, and you equally love to come home at the end of the day. So've resolved to be here, present to what life hands me here. And when it is time to be somewhere else, I will be there, present to what life hand me there.

If any working moms out there have ever struggled with "mom guilt" not just because you work, but you enjoy what you do, take heart, maybe this is God's intention. Be present. He wants us to not only pour His love into our littles, but also the lives of others we reach every day. I'm thankful He reached me yesterday. It's natural for me to want to be with my family any time. I need to allow myself to be present at a job I love. When I'm at work and reaching the heart of others, its okay to want to be with them too. Because I do love what I do. 

We are blessed beyond measure to have a community of loved ones who enjoy spending time with our babies when we're not. I'm learning this is God's intention too. These individuals are helping shape and form our babies into the God-loving adults we are praying for. My kids need balance. They need other adult mentors who love them and who help nurture their love for Christ. 

Balance is important. And while I'm learning to give myself grace in loving my career, I'm not going to lose sight of the blood and bones of every day either. 

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