Author: Samantha Parsons (West Virginia, US)
For a long time, I felt that I had little or no value because I was a stay-at-home mum. Not being in the workforce or helping to earn a living for the family took a toll on me. I thought that if I couldn’t contribute a wage, what could I give to my family? I became increasingly stressed to the point of giving up. I felt like a nobody.
In those moments of despair, I felt God speak gently to my heart. Through prayer, scripture and other reading he helped me to step back from my negative thoughts and to look around me. I began to see that my calling was in the lives of my little girls, giggling with joy as they showed me their latest fashion creations. It was in the calm gratitude my husband displayed at having a hot, home-cooked meal prepared for the family to eat after a long day. It was in working in the garden and with the livestock on our farm to provide healthy food to eat, and in teaching my family about the love of God.
My sense of self-worth is no longer tied to earning a wage; instead I want to be the best wife and mother I can be, whether or not I contribute to the household income. Now I know who I am, and I know that what I do matters.
Prayer: Loving Lord, help us to seek you first. Give us patience and strength to follow your calling. Amen