The Elephant in the Room

There’s an elephant in the room.  He may be trying to blend in with the taupe paint on your bedroom wall, but trust me, he’s there.  He was in my room, too, when I first heard God talk to me about my calling.

I was on the roller coaster ride called stepparenting, and I had given my life back to Jesus for the second time.  I was hearing God’s voice more clearly than I ever had before, and I regularly spent time in His presence.  Godly women spoke giftings and strengths over me that stirred my spirit for Kingdom work, and my heart became expectant.  Finally, God revealed His path for my life…but it wasn’t what I expected to hear.

Like you, I asked myself, called to be a stepmom?  (There’s that elephant!)  I knew women called to preach, to lead worship, to start ministries, to become missionaries…but motherhood, let alone stepmotherhood, was not on that list.  I told myself that I wanted to do something that mattered, that I had to be called to something more!

But I quickly learned that the “more” God was calling me to was not a position, but a purpose.   Callings are the specific purpose for which God created each of us.  You and I are made for, and called to, so much more than we can even imagine!

I know what I’m doing.  I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  – Jeremiah 29:11

Our purpose is clear:  the Word calls mothers to raise up their children in the ways of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6, Hebrews 12:5-11).  I felt like the real work of being a spiritual mom to my stepkids was somehow insignificant, when in reality it is one of the greatest privileges in this life.  I am reminded that amidst every load of laundry, every meal I cook, every night of homework, I am fighting for them in the best way I know how.  You can too – and He will be right there with you.

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