I’ve been struggling with contentment as a stay-at-home mom for a little bit now. I have had my fair share of feeling inadequate, less-than, unworthy, and feeling unsatisfied with the role I play in our home. I like to search for bible verses to help me when I’m feeling this way, so I thought I would share a few of them with you today.
Day in and day out we wake up, care for our kids, clean up messes multiple times, and fix meals. We chauffeur kids to practices and playdates, shop for groceries with little arms reaching for everything in sight, and manage our home with little to nothing to show in return for all of our hard exhausting work.
Struggling with contentment is something every stay-at-home mom deals with at least once in her season of being a homemaker.
We always have a deep desire of wanting more for ourselves and our family. Yet, for me anyway, the realities of being a one income home and wanting to be a good steward of what my husband works so tirelessly for, and what the Lord has blessed us with, leaves me shoving those desires under the rug more times than not.
I often seek the Lord when I’m struggling with contentment, usually when I’m feeling at my lowest. But something I am working on in my own spiritual journey is seeking Him even when I’m feeling like everything’s okay. By learning to seek His promises over my life, within different bible verses, BEFORE I start to fall into the trap of inadequacy, comparison, and discontentment, it allows me the opportunity to correct my feelings before they start and stay focused on what the Lord wants me to focus on in this season of motherhood.
Here are five bible verses I have found to help keep me focused on my calling as a mom when I’m struggling with contentment in this season of my life:
1 | [My favorite] Jeremiah 29:11
I know what I am 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.
2 | Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
3 | Galations 6:4-5
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
4 | 1 Timothy 6:6-7
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
5 | Matthew 6:25
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”
The truth, friend, being content when you’re stuck in the same cycle of life all day, everyday, is so hard. We have to make the choice, daily, to focus on the opportunity we have to live into our calling of being a mom, especially when we start feeling like we are struggling with contentment.
It’s taken me awhile to realize that being a mommy is indeed a calling on my life.
I used to think “callings” from the Lord were only big and mighty. But do you know what perspective changed my way of thinking about the calling God has for me?
“Small and mundane become big and mighty!”
Check out this one last set of bible verses before you go, to see what I mean:
Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, “God hasn’t chosen any of these.” Then he asked Jesse, “Is this it? Are there no more sons?”
“Well, yes, there’s the runt. But he’s out tending the sheep.”
Samuel ordered Jesse, “Go get him. We’re not moving from this spot until he’s here.” Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health—bright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, “Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.” – 1 Samuel 16
Do you know which son of Jesse had the calling on his life to be King?
It was the runt of the pack, David. The one who was small and weak.
These bible verses tell us that David’s all day, everyday was tending to his dad’s sheep; catering to their beckoning calls, cleaning up their multiple messes, keeping the sheep safe.
He was the one God chose to place a high calling on; yet even though he was the anointed one, he still continued to do what he had been called to in that season. Tend sheep.
Eventually, the bible verses would go on to tell his story about how he became a hero by defeating a giant who was terrorizing his land and then officially claimed his spot as King. But until that day, he was just a shepherd who had a high calling on his life. He continued with that ordinary, mundane, unrewarded life of his because he knew that the Lord had big plans for him in the end.
You think he was probably struggling with contentment?
I’d say so. I’d speculate he probably asked the Lord daily if there was more to life than just tending sheep. Especially when it came to comparing himself to his brothers who were strong, big, and men his dad was proud of.
Maybe you are like David.
You know God has big plans for you, but you can’t seem to figure out why you’re stuck struggling with contentment. You are constantly comparing yourself to other mom friends you have who seem like they have it all together. Asking the Lord if staying home with the kids is all you have been created to do.
Perhaps, like I did, you need a perspective switch. There are so many bible verses that talk about struggling with contentment. Look them up and work on your perspective.
It’s not what you’re doing, it’s who you are doing it for.
Struggling with contentment isn’t something you can just forget about, unfortunately. But what you can do is choose to encourage yourself on a daily basis. Ask for help from the Lord, your family, even me, to hold you accountable when you start to feel inadequate and less-than. You are more than just a mommy.
You have a high calling on your life, so keep tending those sheep mama. Your day is coming when the Lord will use you for something big and mighty. Until then, stay focused on what you have been called to do in this season. Don’t compare, be content, and rest in the Lord knowing that He has everything planned out for you.
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