BALANCE HOME AND CAREER

A close look at Proverbs 31:16-24 tells you that the virtuous woman considers a field and buys it, from her earnings she plants a vineyard, she makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen.

Once upon a time, there was a young couple who was blessed with a child, whom they loved so much. Because of this great love, they wished that the wife could stay home and raise the child, but the bills still needed to be paid. So the wife went out and found the perfect job. She would arrive at work by 10 am and leave at 2 pm, and she was paid as though she worked full time. Therefore, she was able to nurse her baby and be at home every day in time for his nap. While the baby napped, she would cook a delicious meal, wash and iron the clothes, clean the house, and still have time to get herself beautiful before her husband came home. After playing with their child together, they would tuck him into bed and then have wonderful conversations over the excellent candle-lit dinner she had prepared in their clean and well-organized home.

So how did you like this story? Well, ‘story’ is an accurate word because it is a fairy tale. Real-life does not look like this as I think we would all agree. Wouldn’t it be great if everything just went along effortlessly as in the story? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if women today could keep their homes running perfectly, raise their children into hard-working young adults who never argued with their parents, make their husbands happy, and were able to bring in an income without any extra effort? I wish it could be so, especially for single mothers, but the fact is, we cannot do it all nor have it all. I have to admit that addressing the topic of women working is a challenge. Women are pulled in so many directions in today’s world. The expectations placed on women today far exceed those from any other time in history.

I knew a woman, my mother’s friend, who when she was raising her first three children did not even have a car. Most families had just one car and it was for the husband to drive to work. She also did not have the health club commitment or weekly women’s meeting that we have today. She took care of her family and loved every minute of it, probably because she did not have other things pulling her apart in different directions.Today, women are bombarded with opportunities and pressures to have careers, to be ‘somebody’. But whenever the world tells me to do something that is when I need to open God’s word and see what it has to say about women’s role in the workplace and in the home. Titus 2:5 (NIV) says, “to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” This scripture encourages women to be sensible, pure workers at home, kind, and subject to their husbands so that the word of God will not be dishonoured. I believe this concept of loving and being dutiful to our families is the way to honour God’s principle that flows through Proverbs 31.

SEASON OF HELP

Psalm 20:1-9

I welcome you very specially to July, the seventh month of the year. It is my prayer that this shall be a month of greatness and divine ‘HELP’ for you; the Lord will raise help for you this month and your life will never remain the same again. Wherever your personal abilities and acumen stop is where the help of God will arise for you in Jesus’ Name.

Brethren you need to know that no one succeeds alone in life, at some point, you need someone’s help to reach your desired goal. I decree that help will locate you and all yours.

When the help of the Lord locates you, its effects will reflect in almost every area of your life. For example, you will achieve much with little effort. In Zechariah 4:6, the Bible made it crystal clear that the ability to start and complete the House of God is not by power nor by might but by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts. Also, the help of God will make those who matter locate you. This was Ruth’s story in Ruth 3:1-18 after she decided to return to Judah and with God’s help, was able to meet Boaz, who eventually became her husband after he had noticed her, and they were both blessed with greatness.

The Help of God also accelerates a person’s speed. “And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel” (1 Kings 18:45-46).

This was the Help of God at work; may you receive speed by God’s help this month in Jesus’ Name.

How to Attract Divine Help:

  1. Have a relationship with God: The relationship cord between Ruth and Boaz was a major contributory factor to receiving help from Boaz. It is obviously easier for a child to receive consideration and attention from the father than a slave (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  2. Look up to God alone (Psalm 46:1,121:1-8, Isaiah 31:1): Always hold on to the pillar of God. While your desire may not come the way, manner and time you prefer, be rest assured that if you look up to God alone and you do not waver in your faith, it will surely come at the right time.
  3. Do not give up at the sight of discouragement: The impotent man in John 5:7 knew within himself that, in spite of the discouragements, help was going to locate him one day. He kept that hope alive and refused to leave the location until Jesus appeared and helped him. May Jesus show up in your matter today.
  4. While believing God to help you, endeavour to be a source of help to others. Matthew 5:7 says “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” I pray for all the readers of this piece that the help of the Lord will locate you and your family this week in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYERS

  1. Thank God and give Him praise for all He has done in your life, and for divine provisions and help.
  2. Ask that the mercies of the Lord avail for you and your loved ones this July in Jesus’ Name.
  3. Father, wherever I go this month, let the grace that attracts help follow me in Jesus’ Name.
  4. Father, every helper You have ordained to lift me up shall locate me this month in Jesus’ Name.
  5. By your power oh Lord, my destiny will not lack help again in Jesus’ Name.

Shalom.