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.
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.