May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalms 90:17 (NIV)
We are so excited for session 2 of (in)couragers!
As moms Working At Home (WAH) and Outside The Home (WOTH) we pack lunch bags, back packs, suitcases, briefcases and everything else imaginable. On behalf of Jenny and I, welcome to the second session of “Don’t Forget to Pack Grace” a group for mothers who work. (in)courage prayerfully sought ways to help the women of their community connect more deeply with one another, challenged regular sisters like you and me to help get it done. Each of us has a part to play in the Kingdom; you never know who might be encouraged by your walk and your wisdom. Let your lights shine.
See Jenny and I as (in)couragers-in-chief! Think of us as secret weapons. As an HR executive, I tried to “lead by example, tackling projects with strategic insight while consistently delivering exceptional results” (language from an old resume), all while holding hands, praying, and working as directed by the Holy Spirit to create and sustain professional environments I’d couldn’t wait to walk into each day. I not do that for my church as a member of the Personnel Committee. Jenny has encouraged and exhorted me in ways I'm sure we'll share with you. She is an awesome student of the Word, wife, supermom, great friend and legendary hostess, all while managing a busy career outside the home as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for a major US university. We pledge our hearts, our experiences, and expertise to help you get it done, well.
I always start my blogs with scripture. It reminds me why (and for whom) I write. Welcome to my Treat Me to a Feast: Notes from My Abundant Life-I’m very glad to have you. As a former human resources executive, I know what it’s like to be a working mom, because I lived it while spending a good deal of my career writing corporate policies for and researching best practices around work/life balance. It kind of became a thing with me. I knew the life I wanted, and sought ways to establish corporate cultures that would support it (oh, and other families too).
One day, I became a SAHM not entirely by choice. I felt like my life had been tossed on its head, and it hurt. Once I found my feet again, I did what I do best; I kept moving forward. You see, in both my professional and my personal life, I learned that you never know who’s watching. My prayer is always “Lord, if someone should see me, please let it be that I was caught in the act of doing Your Will.” So, as wife and mother, sister, friend, I charge ahead with goals in mind, not floating where the tide might carry me, but swimming, even against the tide, with purpose.
Remember Dory in Finding Nemo? You never know from whence your blessings may come. Dory had it right. Don’t drift. Don’t bury your imperfections. God sees and loves them, and is working on you where you are right now. Don’t conform to the pattern of this world…change the game. Change the world. Sometimes the biggest risk you can take is to be yourself. Not ambivalently, not arrogantly, but authentically. Genuinely, “Yes, this is whom God made, and He couldn’t be wrong, so I’ll just trust Him.”
I’m looking forward to supporting you and all the members of this community in ways I cannot even imagine yet. We’ll be meeting on Facebook, checking in via Twitter, meeting where and when it makes sense for you. This is your community and we serve at your pleasure. I’ve said Grace. It’s time to feast!