So you’ve been home with your kids. Maybe working part-time, maybe not. You sent your last baby to school and now what? You feel like you’re graduating college again. You know you’re qualified to do many things, but you’re also shaking in your boots thinking about interviewing. It’s a huge life choice that affects the whole family! Thoughts swirl. What is it that you want to do? Which way is the right way? Gah! I have good news for you today. You can do this!
I’m there with you. I’m in the space of qualified and feeling unqualified. That uncomfortable place of ‘I once was something different and motherhood shaped me into a new person’. My goals have changed, what I think is important has changed. The way I want to spend my precious time has changed. And it’s ok.
Change is coming for you if you’re a mom.
We have to make peace with that. Right when you get the hang of taking care of littles, they decide to be big. And you’re left packing their onesies into a tub in the basement just in case you want to look the ‘Allstar’ or ‘Momma’s Bestie’ 2T someday. Cue cry.
And let’s be real, the working world doesn’t accept “raised my kids” as qualification on your resume. It can be a daunting and humbling process to reinvent yourself. It can make you feel unprofessional to talk to the HR gatekeeper when you haven’t had adult conversation in months. But let me tell you, wherever you are in the process, God has a plan for you and His success doesn’t depend on how qualified or unqualified you feel.
Let me share with you a verse that empowered me as I interviewed for a position. Job said to the Lord, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted,” (Job 42:2 ESV).
Now God has a sense of humor using a verse from “Job” to encourage us when we are job hunting. But the truth here is serious. Job in his weakness says he knows GOD can do all things and that HIS purpose can’t be thwarted.
So maybe your plans won’t work the way you’d hoped. But as you step out embracing new seasons of life, know that GOD has a plan. HE can do all things even when you feel lost. And HIS plans and purposes can’t be thwarted. So you just have to be brave enough to follow his lead.
Go confidently friend! It’s a bittersweet transition. But God has big plans for you.
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Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She’s a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. She believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers.