Grow During Your Stay-at-Home Season

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The duties and responsibilities of a stay-at-home mom are vitally important as women focus on a season of raising children. But this is not the time to put other gifts, skills and passions on the shelf. How can you continue to develop yourself while raising your children? Sherry Surratt, President of MOPS, talks about how women can maximize their potential while remaining intentional in raising their children.

What frustrations do you have during this season of your life? Are there any dreams or opportunities you feel that you've put aside to focus on your children?
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Sherry talked about the importance of continuing to develop yourself during this season of motherhood. How are you developing your diligence, perseverance and faithfulness? What books are your reading? What can you find online of interest and growth? Who are you talking to who can sharpen your skills and passions?
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Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)

23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Sherry mentioned that even folding laundry can be intentional. How are you intentional about your role as a mother? How are you developing your children?
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What joy does this work bring you? How are you working for the Lord in this season?
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Your home, and your role as a mom, is how the faith and character of your children is formed. It is an all-to-short season filled with heart-bursting joy, shadows of second-guessing, and the daily grind of schedules. This is not a time to let your own faith and character stagnate. As God has placed you in this role, work for His glory and look beyond to the next season that He brings.