It Didn’t Take Luck
Glynnis Whitwer

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

My son had spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at a friend’s house, and I chatted with his mother, Jenny, while waiting for shoes and balls to be gathered. Jenny was a teacher at my children’s school and had become a friend.

“What are you doing this afternoon?” I asked.

“Laundry,” she answered, breathing a weary sigh.

“That’s what I’m doing tomorrow,” I countered, commiserating in a way only another mother can.

“You’re lucky, I wish I could stay home like you,” Jenny answered.

“I know,” I agreed, “I’m very thankful to be at home.”

I’ve thought about her comment many times since that day. It broke my heart to hear the longing in her voice to be at home. But I couldn’t agree with her assessment of my situation. Luck didn’t have a thing to do with my being home. I didn’t wake up one day to find that my debts were paid or to discover my family could live on one income. That didn’t take luck. It took God’s call on my life to work from home, then diligent planning on my husband’s and my part to make it happen.

For years, my husband and I lived the “typical” American life. We enjoyed our careers, drove new cars and lived in a suburban neighborhood. With student loans, home expenses and three children, we found ourselves with growing debt. When my husband and I would hear reports of the average debt for an American family, we would look at each other and jokingly say, “Well, at least we are above average.”

It wasn’t very funny because financial obligations controlled our lives and affected our ability to follow God’s will. With all our money tied up in paying bills, there was little discretionary income. We weren’t even tithing. We felt as though we were caught in a spider’s web that was binding us to this progressively limiting lifestyle of work and debt.

When I knew that God wanted me to work from home, my husband and I took a hard look at our circumstances and knew we needed to make changes. We started tithing, then attacking our bills one by one. There were many expenses we didn’t have once I was home, so we were pleased to discover I didn’t need to make as much money as we initially thought. After a rocky start and a few backward steps in the debt department, we finally got our feet underneath us and learned to make it work.

Obeying God’s call on my life is a top priority. For me, that means working at home. It’s not always easy, but the rewards of being obedient in this area of my life have overflowed to my family as well. I’ve learned that for it to work, it’s got to be God’s plan. If it is, then He will make a path. My part is to walk that path and make the tough decisions needed to stay obedient.

This devotion is adapted from Glynnis’ new book called “work@home: a Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work From Home."

Dear Heavenly Father, You are good in all Your ways. Help me to seek Your will in every part of my life. I confess the times that I have sought my own desires over Yours, or have disobeyed because something seemed too hard. I want to be obedient and ask for Your power and strength in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Related Resources:
work@home: a Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work From Home by Glynnis Whitwer

Dollars & Sense by Cynthia Sumner

31 Days of Prayer by Ruth Myers

Application Steps:
If you long to be home, start by asking God for His help. Then, make a list of all the obstacles that you think stand in your way of being home. Commit to praying for these issues. Then, address each obstacle and make a plan to overcome each one. Get wise biblical counsel or professional help where necessary.

Why is it important to know it’s God’s will before transitioning home?

What are some ways we know we are walking in God’s will?

Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” What have you “built” without the Lord’s approval?

Power Verses:
Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’" (NIV)

Psalm 9:9-10, “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.” (NIV)

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. Can we be greatful in the good times and the bad like Paul? When we have to much it is hard to be grateful because we are so busy trying to take care of it all!

Blogger Patrick said...

Luke 9:57-62

[57] As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."

[58] Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

[59] He said to another man, "Follow me."

But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

[60] Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

[61] Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family."

[62] Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

Jesus Christ comes before everything. Nothing in my past life gave me any lasting peace or satisfaction. I was always looking, searching; all my vain attempts to be noticed, appreciated, loved, or respected, ended in ashes. I’ve had it all – marriage, kids, house, car, & job security - & lost it all through, sin. My purpose in life is to proclaim the kingdom of God, without looking back on my past life. I am a sinner who deserves to go to hell but Jesus has delivered me from my inequities, through his death on the cross. His love lasts forever. I was lost but was found by Jesus. I love Jesus, so much. Oh! Merciful Jesus! Praise the Lord!!

Peace Be With You

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