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Being okay with where I am today

 

As I’m celebrating another year of life on this earth and beginning new endeavors, I am questioning the progress that I have made thus far.  I am not where I thought I would be at the age of 32.  I am the wife of a soldier in the United States Army, a stay-at-home mom (who drives a minivan) to two beautiful children, and I’ve recently started a small business.  Who knew that this is where seven years of schooling past high school would get you?

 

I was groomed to do great things in life.  Is this what that was for?  Is this why I studied so hard and denied myself so much of the “fun” that the world had to offer?  Did I waste my time and thousands of dollars pursuing an education that “I am not using?”  Am I doing a disservice to the women who fought for equal rights?  Am I wasting my God-given talent by staying at home and supporting my family?  I’m sure that many people will answer these questions with a resounding yes, but I disagree.  I believe that I am where God wants me to be.  Acts chapter two states the following:

 

26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

 

You see, in my teenage mind, by the time that I was 32, I would be married, have at least one child, and be a world-traveled research scientist teaching residents of third world countries how to farm and feed their families.  Creating a loving and nurturing environment for my husband and children was nowhere in my plans.  God?  Well, I guess that I would have still gone to church on Sundays, but He was not a central part of my plans and to be completely honest, He was not even an afterthought.  My plans were very self-focused.

 

Thankfully God had a bigger and better plan for me.  He did not just rip away my ability to gain an education.  Instead He rounded out my education by placing wonderful people in my life, Christian and non-Christian.  He allowed me to see the many options that laid before me and then he stepped back and let me choose.  As Acts stated, He put me in such a time and place that I could seek Him

So I submit to you that I am not where I planned to be at 32.  I am far beyond my wildest dreams.  I have peace and joy that I could never have imagined.  Because of God’s abundant love and grace, I am who I am today.  I have had the experiences that I have had so that I might be able to help someone make a better choice or empathize with them when they don’t.  I am able to contribute to this wonderful website and prayerfully reach out to unknown numbers of my sisters in Christ.

 

As you read these words from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, know that you are where God needs you to be at this point in your life.  Reach out to Him because He is near and waiting.

 

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:14-21.

 

Moms- what were your plans and aspirations for your current stage of life?  Are you living it?  Are you happier than you thought that you would be?  Have you missed the mark completely?  (See Lamentations 3:21-23)  I would love to hear from you! Please write and share some encouraging thoughts.  I want this page to be yours.  I hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

ONLINE RESOURCES:

 

I don’t know about you, but getting out of the house isn’t as easy as it used to be.  By the time that you get everyone fed, cleaned, and clothed, it seems like it is time to do one of the three again.  So what is a busy mom to do?  One of my saving graces is the Internet.  I bank online, shop online, do research online, and most importantly I stay connected with friends and family online.  So I only thought it appropriate to share some websites with you that have been helpful to me.  If there are sites that you frequently visit and think would be of benefit to other Christian moms would enjoy please contact me so that I can share it.

 

Diapers

Don’t ask me why, but I STRONGLY DISLIKE shopping for diapers.  I know that they are a necessity until potty training is complete, but having to handle those big boxes while trying to get to the register and later into the house . . . let’s just say that the process is not so easy for me.  So I have found some sites online that deliver AND offer competitive prices.  One such site is Amazon.com (www.Amazon.com).  They offer a “Subscribe & Save” feature which allows you to determine how often you want diapers, and many other household items, delivered AND saves you 15% off of their listed price.  Did I mention that you also get to use the “FREE Super Saver Shipping” option?  So what is the catch?  Right now they are only offering this discount on Huggies and Seventh Generation.

 

Do you have any other suggestions?  Has anyone tried Diapers.com yet?

 

 

FlyLady (www.FlyLady.net)

How many of you are surrounded by clutter as you read this.  Are you feeling overwhelmed and wondering where to begin?  This site is for you.  Think of it as “your personal online coach to help you gain control of your house and home.”  Two of the best things about this website is that you do not have to pay to join and that it meets you where you are.  Maybe you are not surrounded by clutter, but you are looking for a routine to help you manage your daily cleaning or your trying to prepare you house for the holiday season, then the FlyLady can help you too. 

 

Take some time to explore the website and see if it is something that can work for you.  Let me know what you think.

 

These are two resources that I have found.  Tell me yours!

 

 

 

Val Simmons' Bio:

Val Simmons hails from Columbus, Georgia.  She earned a B.S in Animal Science from Tuskegee University in 1997.  She was baptized into Christ in 1998 in Spring Lake, North Carolina.  After marrying her husband, a career Soldier, she earned a M.S. in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Georgia in 2000.  Afterwards, they traveled to Germany, where she worked as a substitute teacher and a leukemia researcher until 2002.  Since arriving in North Carolina, God has blessed Val and her husband with two children - a daughter (5) and a son (almost 2).  While in Germany, she was very active with the Women's Ministry of the Wiesbaden Church of Christ in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Val and her family currently worship  at the Helen Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina where she enjoys spending time with sisters from the congregation.