Note from Kat: The first time I had coffee with Liz she called herself a Naptime Abolitionist. Considering that was the coolest phrase EVER, I immediately knew we were destined to be friends. You’re going to love her words today. Read on…
I always knew I wanted to change the world. Okay, not always. I realized it when I was in the 5th grade. Remember weeping after reading The Diary of Anne Frank in elementary school? Yeah, me too.
Those tears about Anne Frank turned into a passion for me. Over the years it became obvious that God was calling me to help fight injustice.
After college I looked into grad schools, prepared for the LSAT, and explored various careers in military intelligence and government agencies.
I didn’t go to law school or end up working for the United Nations. My life took a different turn when I was 24.
I became a mother. The dream of riding in the white UN convoy vehicles was swapped for a minivan loaded with sippy cups and Cheerios crumbs.
Motherhood has taught me things about justice I’m not sure I would have learned in a briefing room or through an academic lecture. If I listed them all out, this would be a novel not a blog post. So, here are three:
1. Women have an amazing capacity to advocate & carry those in need.
Women in general, moms or not, have a significant ability to administer justice.
I have friends with autistic children and they are some of most fierce advocates I know. We carry the pain of our friends who long for children, we cry when we read the stories of orphans, we fight for our families and hold our kids long into the night when they are sick. We have a God-given capacity for others.
2. My children aren’t a season, they are my motivation.
When my first child was born, I actually thought of motherhood as this thing to navigate and work around. Yes, gasp if you want. The “season of motherhood” meant things had to move slower and dreams were put on the shelf until my little ones grew up. Or so I thought.
The amazing thing is that my passion for justice grew when I had kids. Psalm 127 says that our children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior. My kids motivate me to do justice.
My daughter’s bold dreams about her future stir up the fighter in me to secure a place where all kids can dream like she does. My son’s speech delay reminds me that God gave everyone a voice and their voices were meant to be heard. I tear up peeking in on my sleeping kids because I think of all the other mamas around the world who are powerless to help their own children due to poverty, disease and slavery. I fight alongside those women and on behalf of their children. Together we aren’t powerless.
My children give me vision and courage I need to keep pressing on even when I am tired. They are my fire.
3. God’s calling isn’t restricted by your schedule.
I believe God has a calling and purpose for each of us. His plan isn’t restricted by feeding schedules, potty training mishaps, play dates and the never-ending mounds of housework.
I am a naptime abolitionist. I work part time from home for an anti-trafficking organization called UnBound. When my kids are napping and after they go to bed, I work. The things I do seem a bit ridiculous, even to me.
I have spoken to reporters over the phone while potty training my son. One day, while making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, I was talking to an officer at a maximum security prison to discuss the release of a girl who was a victim of sex trafficking. I talk to the Attorney General’s office sometimes while in the kindergarten pickup line.
I don’t say that to sound impressive. I am NOT impressive. I say it to encourage you. Whatever God has called you to do, He will make a way for you to do it. Maybe it is to homeschool your kids, to start a business, to adopt, go back to work or fight human trafficking like me.
Whatever season we are in as women, God’s calling remains. He isn’t restricted by our schedules or seeming limitations. He can use what we have even if seems ordinary to us. I have learned that naptimes can change the world.
So, what is your “naptime” and what is God calling you to do with it? Has God given you a heart for justice? Click here to join the discussion!
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Elizabeth is a church planter, speaker, writer and naptime abolitionist. She lives in Texas with her husband & two little kids. Her other hobbies include wasting time on social media, trying to remember where she parked her car, and browsing Pinterest for DIY projects she will never actually make. You can visit her over at Lark & Bloom or on twitter @larkandbloom.