Back to School and Stewardship

He hoisted on his backpack that looked a little too big for his little body, grabbed my hand for an extra dose of assurance, and bravely walked into the school gym. My littlest mister is off to Kindergarten and my mama heart is a mix of happy and hurting. He is confident and excited and there were no tears shed when we said goodbye. While it is a success that he feels prepared for school and ready to make new friends, it also feels very sad that my little tag-along buddy is entering a new phase of independence. Without me. Isn’t this the goal of motherhood? To equip our children with knowledge and wisdom to go out as little reflections of the Light of the world? 

I hopped into the car, turned on the ignition, and thought, “Now what?” For the past nine and a half years I have had at least one child with me for slow mornings at home, shopping trips, play dates, and Bible study. With what should I fill my newfound solo hours? Just as each of my boys entered a new phase in their education, so also have I entered a new phase of motherhood. How would God have me use the time He has provided? How has He been preparing me for this new stage of life? What work does He have for me to further His kingdom?

I don’t have all the answers to the above questions, but the theme of stewardship has been at the forefront of my mind this summer. Will I squander these hours or will I steward them to the glory of God? While I am confident that motherhood will remain a primary source for sanctification in my life, it seems like a good time to expand this space. I will continue to share joyful MOMents, but there are so many other avenues where the Lord speaks truth into my life and teaches me of His will and His ways. As I walk with the Lord I hope to link arms with you as we “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). As the body of Christ we are stronger together! So let’s settle in over a cup of coffee, dive into the Word together, and discuss how we might apply its timeless truth to our lives. 

The question remains, “Now what?” As I sit in the solitude of my newly quiet home, the possibilities seem endless to fill this time. I imagine leisurely shopping without reminding little hands not to touch, having snacks on hand at all times, and hoping there’s a restroom open to the public available. I imagine catching up on TV shows without having to wait for bedtime. I imagine feeling like I have all the time in the world to clean and tidy the house so that we can all enjoy our living space to the max. However, daydreams and reality rarely intersect.

Stewardship encompasses all areas of our lives: time, money, relationships, even our thoughts. In this new season, how will I choose to steward my time? Will I succumb to idleness or fall prey to idol worship – filling my time with laziness or worldly busy-ness? Will I focus on mindless streaming or ministerial serving – filling my mind with popular sitcoms or filling my heart with helping others? Long held excuses are now removed and I can invest in some opportunities the Lord has placed on my heart.

Over the next couple months, as we discuss practical stewardship, let’s keep this verse in mind: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3). The heart of stewardship is caring over and wisely using the possession of another. All that we have, from our jobs to our families to the very breath in our lungs, belong to the Lord as He is the Creator of all things. Therefore, if we commit our plans to the Lord we are giving back to God what is already rightfully His. Once we relinquish our own desire for control over our plans, then God will establish our plans as His own and we will walk in the power of His Spirit. As we seek to steward our time let us remember to ask the Lord what He has for us each and every day.

All three boys are now in elementary school. This is the work God has for them. I am a stay at home mom with no children in the home during the day. It might seem like there is a lack of work for me to do while the children are away, but I am expectant to see where the Lord leads and what He presents for me in these quiet hours. 

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