Our high school youth pastor used to always encourage us to take risks and step out of our comfort zone. He would make us talk to people we didn’t know, share our faith when it was hard, and sit by someone new.
He said to watch God work in our lives and look out for God’s miracles regularly.
This really made an impression on me and I still think about this many years later.
I’m not always a risk taker. Sometimes I’m just a mom who is constantly cooking, cleaning, and breaking up fights.
What does taking risks look like when you’re a busy mom trying to care for the needs of your family?
Why is it important?
BEING LESS BUSY
Being a mom is busy. Period. You start adding more children, homeschooling, cleaning, cooking, shopping, organizing, feeding, activities, work, plus all the people wanting you to volunteer for this and that, it makes being a mom overwhelming.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Why do we fill up our calendars?
If we aren’t careful with how we spend our time and what we say yes to, we can obliterate our family, not to mention ourselves.
Being a risk taker doesn’t mean being busy and cluttering our calendars. Put your family first and focus on what God has called you to do.
That’s called being a risk taker.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41-42
Be quiet and still before the Lord. Get in the habit of listening to His voice. Be a risk taker and listen to what God says to you. He may ask you to be still and wait or He may ask you to take a daring leap of faith. You won’t know if you don’t listen. It’s harder to trust Him if you can’t hear Him.
~ Spend time with Him
~ Meditate on His Word
~ Pray often
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46: 10
We are all unique. We have different stories ~ different callings and different gifts. We are not suppose to be like everyone else or try to impress or please others.
Being a risk taker means that you’re not afraid to be bold and unique by using the gifts God has given you.
There are a couple of reasons why I continue to blog even though everyone and their sister is doing the same thing I am~ only better.
It’s because no one has my story and my perspective.
Also because I feel led to put something positive on the internet that may potentially bless and help others.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12: 6-8
We need to be available to our family. Be there for our husband and children. We need to watch and listen, being aware of their likes, dislikes, their fears and concerns. We need to love them.
I read posts from so many women who write online that they’re unhappy. They’re bored and unfulfilled at home. They’re depressed and stressed out at work. They’re annoyed with their husbands. They’re desperate for a break from their children so they can have a life of their own. They’re just overwhelmed with their life.
While I’m all for taking breaks and self care, I also feel like some have lost their way and aren’t being available to the needs of their family. It’s not an easy task and you probably won’t get any praise or accolades (except for Mother’s Day and Birthdays, of course). But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB ON THE PLANET!
Being available to your family is the most important job, the most rewarding job and the most influential job ~ HANDS DOWN!
Can I be transparent and share that I fail at this? I do fail but I also don’t give up. I just pick myself up and continue to move forward, trusting in God daily.
We’re not going to be perfectly available all the time like some Stepford Wife but we can make an effort to be present.
Take that risk and BE AVAILABLE to your family!
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:12
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Proverbs 14:1
BEING A RISK TAKER
No one knows when they’re going to take their last breath. Our time on earth is fleeting. Take a risk for the Lord. Dare to be bold. Share Christ with others. Make a difference in other people’s lives. Be kind. Be diligent. Be encouraging. LOVE. Live a life of obedience and bring honor to God. Don’t wait until you can do things perfectly. There’s no time. God has a plan for our lives and it’s time to be that risk taker and do life like no other.
You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
Share your story on how you took a risk and God showed Himself to you. I’d love to hear from you.
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