Beatitudes for SAHMs-7
Beatitudes for 'Stay at Home Moms' (part 7)
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the
sons of God." Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
Anyone who has more than one child has experience as a
peacemaker! But God calls us to a deeper peacemaking in
this verse. The Shepherd's Guide tells us that ‘Jesus
promised this blessing not to those who remained neutral, or
to those who simply love peace, but to those who are actively
involved in making peace. Christ Himself was the ‘Prince of
Peace' (Isa 9:6). He came to bring reconciliation between
God and mankind and between individuals. Those who,
through Him, are at peace with God can join Him in His work
As SAHMs, we must first come to a peace within ourselves.
Do we struggle with being SAHMs - of course we do. But
when we sit down a prayerfully consider it, are we at peace
with the decision to be at home? We must first achieve this
inner peace from God before we can become actively
involved in making peace. Once we are at this point, then,
how do we go about ‘making peace.'
As a SAHM, we have chosen the road to be at home and to
make a home for our children and our husbands. We must
seek to make that place a haven of peace, a sanctuary from
the world, it's stresses and it's temptations. The Message
puts it this way, "You're blessed when you can show people
how to cooperate instead of compete or fight." Our world is
one of fierce competition and fighting. Our children compete
at school; our spouses are involved in a daily competition to
make a living. As SAHMs we have the unique opportunity to
provide a place of peace and rest.
The Amplified Bible defines peacemakers as those who are
‘makers and maintainers' of peace. The Living Bible states it
as those who ‘strive for peace.' Does this mean we never
have arguments or disagreements in our household? Of
course not, we are human and only Jesus was perfect. But,
because we have made the decision to be at home, where
our hearts are, we have the unique ability to strive daily for
First we must seek God's guidance and His direction, then,
and only then, will we have His peace. Once we have His
peace, we can set about the work of striving to provide a
peaceful environment in our own homes. Once we work
towards this, we can seek God's will further and look for other
opportunities to strive for peace, in our churches, our
communities, and our world.
What is our reward for being peacemakers? We will be
called sons (and daughters) of God! The Message tells us
‘Then you can see God in the outside world.' In this day and
age it is becoming exceedingly difficult to see God in the
outside world. As SAHMs we can tend to ‘pull in our borders'
and isolate ourselves to protect our families and ourselves.
But, there is a hurting world right outside our door, a world in
need of peace - in need of Jesus. Seeking peace in our
hearts, and in our families will in turn lead us to seek peace
in the world around us.
We can only come to this peace through a relationship with
Jesus. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, and
have received the promise of eternal salvation, we have His
peace. Then, we see the world through His eyes; we see our
children and our husbands, through His eyes. We want the
best for them; we want them to know His peace. We have
truly become sons & daughters of God.
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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