I apologize for being quiet lately. I had my baby! She was healthy, and beautiful, and born Oct.25, 2013. Labor was awesome and SO MUCH better than my first birth, so praise God for that!
I also apologize if using my own photo for this verse is self-praising. I just couldn’t think of any other photo to use, and prefer to use my own whenever possible. BUT, the more I think about it, the more I realize it can work because it’s a prayer and desire for my own life: I want to be honored by my kids at the end of my life, and gaining a reward for all that I do would also be sweet.
In the end she received praise from her children, and received public praise…or “at the gates.” I know doing what I do as a stay at home mom doesn’t reward me a ton of public praise; it’s very much a private affair. It took me my first year of marriage to adjust to this.
I feel I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m secure enough with who I am that I don’t need public praise and approval from others to feel validated and important. I know that being a stay at home mom isn’t always praised in elite circles, and among the “educated” but I’m okay with that.
That being said, it’s encouraging to know that what I do, and don’t do, means something, and will receive the reward it’s due. I’m doing this career as stay at home mom and wife for Jesus. It’s Him I will stand before, and I look forward to meeting Him face to face.
Of course its only by His blood that I can stand there spotless. It’s by His grace I can be honored and receive a reward from Him because what He has done for me and for you! His blood was shed for us to cover our sin. What awesome news!
You too can have this great reward and eternal life, by believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and died for your sins.
It might sound too simple but having this hope makes life worth living, and gives me a purpose bigger than myself. It’s all I want for my kids and everyone I know and love including you.