Monday, May 12, 2014

When Your Bank Account Is Small

What is in our children's' memory banks is far more important than what we have stored up in a physical bank.

Being at home to invest in their memory banks may well require sacrifice, including a sparse bank account that leaves more room for beans and potatoes than it does lobster and steak.

Worth it.

Even on the hard days--still worth it.

Can a price tag be put on the memories made?  Can we measure the blessings God has given us when He lets us bear children and guide the house?

Can fancy vacations and designer clothes and a magnificent home hold a candle to the joy of investing in the eternal?

To be the one that sees the light in a child's eyes when he first learns to read, to welcome home the cold, tired husband to a warm, fragrant place of rest, to share laughter around a family supper-table...these small things are threads that form a magnificent tapestry of the lives under our care and influence.

Oh what blessings God has given us to serve Him in such a sphere as home!

The earthly sacrifices cannot compare to the beauty of having mama in the home, making a home.

Even if our bank accounts be small, let us thank the Lord for His bountiful grace in allowing us this time at home with our children, serving them as teachers, nurses and home-builders, and making deposits each day into their memory banks. I wouldn't trade it for diamonds, gold or any earthly riches, would you?

Bambi Moore is the helpmeet to Kevin, her husband of almost two decades.  Together they are raising nine children for the glory of God. She is the author of More Than Rules: Exploring the Heart of Beauty and Modesty. When time allows, Bambi blogs about marriage, motherhood and family discipleship at In the Nursery of the Nation.  You can also connect with her on Facebook or Pinterest.


Unknown said...

Hi there! my name is Gina and I absolutely love this post. But I want to ask you, how to do this when my husband is against it. I am willing to make all the sacrifices but he isn't. I can do without cable and cell phones, but he can't/ or won't. I would give anything to be a stay at home mom.I have prayed this prayer for 8 years now and 2 kids later. An 8 year old and 4 year old. I am lucky to have a mother-in-law that is there for me to baby sit and a grandma that does the same. I feel like I am moodier where I work. On the weekends I want to relax. I feel like I am depriving my kids of the mom I should be, that I have been called to be. And at the same time I wonder does God have me where I am to work his field more? Some days I'm up and some days I'm down about this situation.

Unknown said...

Hi there! my name is Gina and I love this post. I have been praying for 8 years that I would be able to stay home with my babies and be there for them. But 2 kids later, I'm still in an office missing my boys like crazy. My husband is against me being home (due to income). I would be willing to give up cable, cell phones, etc but he isn't. I wonder if God has me where I am to work his fields? I do believe that, but it still doesn't make me want to be at home any less. Advice? Words of Wisdom? Thank you!

Unknown said...

Love this! ♡♡ I wouldn't trade being home with my baby for anything in the world!

MamaBhas4boyz said...

I just bought your book and read a sample...just what the Lord has been speaking to me on but very few books on the "popular" shelf. Thank you. I love your blog too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. This post was an answer from God to me. I was battling with money decisions(such as going back to college for BA degree just so I can make more money) But then I realized it's not all about the money. It is all in what we will invest in our children/husband and family and the most important is the Lord! May God bless you!

MamaBhas4boyz said...

I love your book!!!
I love your posts!!!
Thanks so much!


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