This September my youngest baby is heading off to school. I have mixed emotions about my son starting Junior Kindergarten! Of course there is sadness and nostalgia mixed all together as his days of staying home with me are coming to an end, but in the end, I am mostly excited for him!
I have loved watching my older daughter grow in wisdom and confidence this past year since she herself started Junior Kindergarten. Not only has she learned the school basics like reading, writing and arithmetic, but she has also been able to exercise her faith muscles each day! We have had many opportunities to teach her how we should show God’s love in every situation, like befriending the new kid in class, sharing her lunch, or how to act and respond to conflict with gentleness and patience. I am incredibly proud of the young lady she is becoming, and school has been a big part of helping her grow!
Starting school is a huge step towards new freedoms and independence. My little man is excited about going to school with his big sister, and I am excited to continue to watch him mature and grow into who God has created him to be.
Along with my son’s growing freedom to make choices and decisions without his mom always by his side, I also am about to find myself with some newfound freedom! Our two kids will both be in school, and for the first time in many years, I’ll suddenly find myself with many child-free hours every day!
Over the last several months I have been asked countless times, “What are you going to do with your time?” This is a question that has often consumed my thoughts. Go back to work? Back to school myself? Volunteer? Actually keep the house clean, for a change?
Usually when we meet someone new, “What do you do?” is one of the first questions we ask. I have always found so much identity within my titles, and in a few days, my “stay-at-home-mom” title is about to shift. With the changing of this title, much bigger questions arise like, “What is God calling me to do next? Where am I to go? What am I to do?”
Jesus told us that one day we will stand before Him, and give Him an account of what we did with our time here on earth. In the parable of the sheep and the goats, He shows us what pleases Him; to the righteous, He says:
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and cloth You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’
And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40)
Through this verse, I was reminded exactly what I am called to do with my life, whatever my title may be! I am called to feed the hungry and thirsty, to help clothe those who are in need, and visit the sick and hurting. God is very concerned about how I help others!
I have noticed that sometimes I can get so caught up in the day-to-day aspects of family life, and the never-ending list of things to do, that I can forget to slow down, look around and ask God for opportunities to show His love to others, outside just my own family.
I fully believe that God has a plan for this next season of my life, but when I stand before Jesus, I don’t think He is going to care much about the next title I achieve, if I conquered my personal ambitions, how many Facebook likes I got or how big my platform was. I think He is going to be really interested in how I treated others!
As we take time to teach our kids this year about the small ways in which they can show love to others while at school, away from our watchful eyes and quiet reminders, I am also looking forward to those small opportunities to strengthen my own faith muscles as I step outside of my daily “to-do” list and focus on how I can bless others!
Sarah is a beautiful mix of sweetness and strength, and walks with a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit as well as a strong foundation in God’s Word. She is a clear communicator with a great ability to encourage and inspire, and likes to share what God has put in her heart with as much honesty and transparency as possible! She has a strong desire to see women grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus, to discover their spiritual giftings, and to confidently walk in their life’s calling!
Aside from being a weekly blog writer for We Are His Daughters, Sarah is a pastor’s wife and has worn many different ministry hats while ministering alongside her husband over the years, including serving in children’s ministry, women’s ministry, small groups, and prayer ministry, amongst other things!
Sarah lives in Essex County, is married to her best friend, and together they are doing their best to raise their outgoing and energetic children in the ways of Jesus!