Lots of shocked looks when I walk in the door. And oh, the common question from my co-workers is always, "Where are you working these days?" As if I must have some other full time position to be only be pulling occasional 12's here at the hospital. Surely. :)
My answer is always, "At home, actually."
You see, I have these 2 boys, and they need their mommy...(trailing off)
Yeah, well, they don't get it, do they?
"Oh, you must have a rich husband..." they say, or "I could NEVER stay at home with my kids!" (I love that one, because I never thought I could either! :)
And truth be known, raising 2 boys as a full-time mommy is more exhausting to me than a busy day in an intensive care unit, with all the beeps and monitors, physicians yelling orders, and families breathing down your neck. It's a lot of pressure, don't get me wrong. But it's a piece of cake compared to a life around here. :)
And I say that with a smile. Because I LOVE my boys and this job the Lord has given me to do. I was overwhelmed today with thankfulness for the life that I have, for the blessing of being able to train tiny hearts and watch them grow. Instead of spending my days working full-time, only to see my boys occasionally. This is a wonderful life! So what if we cannot buy everything our hearts ever desired? The contentment we can find in the Lord, in doing His work, far surpasses the joy of *things,* doesn't it?
These verses have been running through my mind:
"Now godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6
"The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing." Psalm 34:10
"Behold, this is the joy of His way..." Job 8:19
Serving the Lord as a mother is a wonderful life, a life filled with joy. Thank the Lord with me today!