I am a stay at home mom. While it is very pleasing to be able to be home all the time with my absolutely beautiful children, it is also financially difficult at the same time. With a household consisting of five children ranging from fifteen down to ten months, my husband, myself, and two dogs, it is a challenge to stretch my husband’s paycheck to cover everything.
Some of you may say “Well Ilena, why don’t you go back to work?” Well anyone who knows anything about daycare knows that daycare alone is a very hefty bill. Although, my husband and I have discussed on numerous occasions the positives and negatives of me going back to work, we both are in agreement that at this time, it would be more of a hassle than a blessing to our family. Upon doing some research, I have learned that the daycare bill for my ten month old twins would be more than our monthly mortgage. With that being said, I have to believe that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. While loving, understanding, and forgiving are just a few characteristics that describe God; Strategic is among that very long list of characteristics.
God strategically places each and everyone of us where we are with a reason and a plan. The reasoning and plan are brought to light only when God decides it is time for us to know. No sooner. No later. Sometimes it is hard to understand this but, it is very true. Things happen on His time according to His will.
When I was about five months pregnant with my twins, I had to stop working due to health issues. I had no idea that God’s plan included what I do today. Writing a blog and in a journal everyday were so far from my mind at that time! Being a stay at home mom, you are constantly on the move. Running errands, taking care of the kids, cooking and cleaning tend to fill up your already tight schedule very quickly. So to be quite honest with you, writing was not on my list of things to do at the beginning of this journey.
God has strategically placed me where I am so I can tell His stories. If I were able to go back to work, there is no telling if I would have the time or the energy to post and share these personal stories with you. So God placed me in this situation so that I can do what it is that He wants me to do. This also gives me the opportunity to get to know Him on a much deeper and intimate level.
So when you find yourself in a certain situation and wondering as to why you are where you are, simply pray to God. Ask Him what it is that He wants you to do. I guarantee that you will not only get an answer, but you will have an absolutely beautiful testimony as well. Your story and your testimony can be the very key to help someone else.
No matter the situation, keep moving forward. Back is not an option! We are where we are supposed to be.
Sometimes our situations in our lives just seem crazy. Our minds can’t comprehend as to why we are where we are. Make no mistake, God has strategically placed you where you are supposed to be. No matter the situation, good or bad, it is not permanent. God is not done with His masterpiece. Where ever you are in life, know that it is simply a stepping stone in preparation for something much bigger! Stay faithful. Keep moving forward as back is not an option. Most importantly, keep God at the forefront of all you are and all you do.
___ Ilena Weathers-Jones