Beatitudes for SAHMs-4
Beatitudes for 'Stay at Home Moms' (part 4)
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after
righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
Hungering and thirsting after righteousness is an integral part
of being a SAHM. The Amplified Bible says this is seeking
'uprightness and right standing with God.' The Living Bible
tells us that it means, 'to long to be just and good.' The
Message states, 'You're blessed when you've worked up a
good appetite for God.' And, the Shepherd's Guide
Commentary has this to say - "These are people who want,
more than anything else, to see the world's evil (including
what is wrong in their own lives) overcome by God's
righteousness.' The definitions run the gamut don't they? But,
I believe they are all applicable to SAHMS.
First an foremost, as SAHMS we MUST seek to be 'upright
and in right standing with God.' We have to make time for
daily quiet time, even if it is for only a few stolen moments.
We model God's love to our children, and as SAHMs, we
have much more time than most parents to either get it right
or really mess it up! We are all human, and fail - we get
angry, or distracted, or stressed out - but we can still model
God's love by being honest with our children and admitting
our failings - and asking their forgiveness if we fly off the
handle needlessly. We also must model God's mercy and
grace to our children. In order to do this, it is essential that we
fully understand and accept the awesome gift of mercy and
grace He gave us through his son, Jesus Christ.
We also must long to be 'just and good'. We must use God's
word as a template for loving, raising and disciplining our
children. As it says is Deuteronomy 6:5-8 "love the Lord your
God with all our heart, and with all your soul and with all
your mind. These commandments that I give you today are
to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk
along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." It
is our job as parents, SAHMs or not, to raise our children in
God's way. I order to do that, we must immerse ourselves
first in His word. We must use His word to temper our
discipline, to ask forgiveness, to give forgiveness, and to
As The Message states, we must 'work up a good appetite
for God.' As a SAHM I know how easy it is to come to the
end of your day and realize that you have not read one word
from the Bible, nor taken then time to really sit down and
have focused prayer. It is imperative that we find a way to
seek God, to be hungry for Him and His word. Write down
your favorite scriptures and put them in your wallet, tape them
to your bathroom mirror, stick them on the dashboard in your
car. Have your Bible handy, and read it when your little ones
are napping, or while you are waiting at the doctor's office.
Pray with your children in the morning and at night, at meals.
Read a Bible story to them, and see what YOU can learn
from it! Grab time with God however you can!
Once we seek to become closer to God, we can do nothing
else but desire the see the evil in the world and in our own
lives overcome by God's righteousness. Whether that is a
disobedient 2 year old, or a teenager facing unthinkable peer
pressure - we must desire in our hearts for the evil that
tempts them to be vanquished by God's will. We want our
children to be free from the fear of abduction, abuse, guns in
schools, drugs and an entire laundry list of other evils. As
SAHMs we must seek God, and pray as intercessors for our
children, their teachers, friends and the world.
What is our reward for seeking God? The Bible states we will
be filled. We know, of course, that this does not mean we will
never have trials, or evil will not touch our lives. But, we must
take comfort in the fact that our choice to follow God's will for
our lives and our families and become SAHMs has allowed
us continual opportunities to intercede. It also allows us the
opportunity to see our reward, if we just look. When the
2-year-old finally "gets it" and obeys, when the teenager says
no to a party because it does not agree with his beliefs.
Being a SAHM is hectic and fraught with surprises. We must
seek God first in our day in order to be the best SAHM we
can be. His will called us to the task, His strength - if we seek
it - can carry us through.
About the author:
Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a
nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At
Home Mommy.' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts,
scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs
don't get enough support or encouragement in this day of two income
[ by Cheryl Novak, Copyright 2000 ]
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