“To the degree that our choices are at odds with how we are designed and called, we will experience regret instead of contentment. But as we courageously live according to God’s blueprint for our lives, we will thrive.”
~~ (The Life Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldhan)
We built the home we’re currently living in about 12 years ago, and I took pictures of the different stages of building. It was thankfully a great experience and we were blessed to have a man in our church build it for us. He hired quality workers, used quality materials, and desired to build the best house possible for us to raise our 3 boys in. Of course, we learned the very first and most important stage of building is setting the foundation. It’s actually not all that exciting or glamorous to look at, but it’s the most essential element of a solid house.
A contractor will tell you the foundation is as important as any other element of your structure. It’s what takes all of the loads from the roof to the walls to the floors, and it takes them and transfers them into your soil. But even more important is sighting the foundation, and no matter what type of foundation you end up using, they all begin the same way — with the footings. A footing is typically concrete and typically reinforced with steel. The footing is the bottom part of the foundation. It’s the base — sometimes called a “spread footing” because it’s spread wide and it spreads the vertical loads that are coming down in the building. (DIY Network) Hmmmm — interestingly, the Bible has something to say about how we are to build our houses.
“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.” (Prov. 24:3-4)
I think oftentimes, we as mothers can get it backwards. If we’re not careful in how we build, we can end up with a shaky and cracked foundation. We start out being a mom, and get caught up in the latest trends, the mommy blogs, the daily chaos of mothering, and before we know it, our children are halfway to middle school, and we’re still not really sure what we’re doing in this whole mom gig. I remember feeling a little overwhelmed around the time my first son was about 1, and as I mentioned before, thankfully I became part of moms group at my church and was able to be in conversations with other mothers about the daily-ness of this job. And every month, we had someone come and share insights, wisdom, nuggets, that helped me begin to solidify the foundation of my mothering.
But even before that, the foundation of my faith had been set. As a young girl, I came to know Christ and established a relationship with Him and He has always been with me. As a young woman, my faith became my own — not something that I inherited from my parents, though I’m grateful they instilled a heritage of faith and bible teaching in my life. I had the tools I needed to begin building my family on a solid foundation, and God brought people into my life to help me in the building process. What I see today is a bit of an erosion of foundational truth in the lives of young moms. Instead of a centered, solid, established footing, there’s more of a frenzied, shallow, chaotic drifting with the wind. Instead of being built on wisdom and good sense, our families are being built on shifting cultural trends and what’s convenient and popular.
Next time, we’ll take a look at how we can build our families with wisdom and what that looks like. It has to do with our choices. “To the degree that our choices are at odds with how we are designed and called, we will experience regret instead of contentment. But as we courageously live according to God’s blueprint for our lives, we will thrive.” (The LIfe Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldhan) Isn’t it reassuring to know that the Master Builder has it all figured out for us? If we just go by His blueprint:))