Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.
I was sorting through all the end of school papers that had come home with my daughter a few months ago when I got the call. A congressman was coming from DC to his district and he wanted us to brief him on human trafficking in his district. Well, not just us. The FBI was gonna be there too to brief him. Tomorrow. Gulp.
The most urgent thought would probably be, “What am I gonna say in that meeting???” but instead my mind went immediately to “What am I gonna wear???”.
This is the point where I go into my closet and realize that stay at home moms have a serious lack of professional clothes. At least I do. Would a loose tee, cute scarf and slouchy boyfriend jeans do? Probably not.
I finally put together a business outfit, dumped the crumbs out of my nicest purse and started putting together all the information he needed as well as reviewing the proposed legislation Congress would be voting on in the following weeks regarding human trafficking.
I did this in the slivers of time between making snacks, reading Danny & The Dinosaur (a current fave at our house) and carting kids around to their practices. Because, you know what? I don’t have a fancy office. I don’t have lots of time. And I don’t have money in the budget to buy a new outfit for the meeting.
The next day I dropped my daughter at school, took my son to my husband’s office where he tagged along with dad while mom was going to this meeting and hopped in the car with my two other teammates going.
During the two-hour drive I listened to the discussion about the pros & cons of the anti-trafficking bills that were before Congress and texted my husband reminders about snacks and making sure he regularly takes our son for potty breaks.
Finally, we pulled up to the building and jumped in the elevator to the congressman’s district office. It was pretty easy to spot the FBI agents who were coming to the meeting with us. They were the guys with guns underneath their black suits. Dead giveaway. Although, it is Texas so maybe not.
I took my seat at the conference table with our national director for UnBound, three FBI agents, three congressional staffers and Congressman Flores. We discussed trends of human trafficking, things he could do in his district to help curb it and talked through the bills he was going to be voting on in a few weeks.
There were so many times during that conversation I almost laughed at the fact I was sitting at that table. I am a stay at home mom with a bachelor’s degree – whose only jobs have been in church planting. My resume didn’t get me here. My skills didn’t get me here. My resources didn’t get me here. The only reason I was at that table was because God put me there.
I talked to you guys before about my dreams of justice. I used to want to go to law school and be in politics like the congressman. I used to want to work for an intelligence agency helping solve the worlds problems with a badge. But, I didn’t. I planted churches and had babies. And yet, God knew what He had put in my heart.
I’ve learned a lot from Gideon over the years. In Judges 6-7, God tells Gideon what he has made him for. Gideon explains to God that he doesn’t have what he needs to do it. Gideon didn’t have the experience, skill, resource, team, courage…you name it Gideon didn’t have it.
And I love what God did.
He didn’t take Gideon out to the desert and put him through a ninja master bootcamp. He didn’t turn his trumpet into a sword. God just told him to use what he had. So armed with lanterns and trumpets, Gideon’s army defeated their enemy. God used what Gideon had in his hand already to accomplish the task that God had for him.
Sometimes as moms we can feel like we don’t have what we need in order to do the dream God has put in our heart. We don’t have the capacity, the time, the money, the energy, the education…we’ve got piles of laundry, goldfish crackers and the soundtrack to Frozen running through our heads.
So how is God going to use those things to help you start that business you have been dreaming of, to disciple kids from the youth group at your church, write that book in your heart or go back to school for that degree? I don’t have any idea. But God takes our loaves and fishes and multiplies them to meet the need in front of us.
It might feel slower than we’d like sometimes and look different from people who do it for their full-time professions. But God knows the dreams He put inside of you mamas. And He has a plan.
In the midst of raising kids and giving yourself 100% to them, God has not forgotten the things in your hearts. This narrow season of motherhood isn’t a small season. Trust God to develop the things you hold in your hands in this season as tools for the things you hold in your heart.
What has dreaming with God looked like for you in this season of motherhood? Share in the comments here!
Elizabeth is a church planter, speaker, writer and naptime abolitionist. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. Her other hobbies include wasting time on social media, trying to remember where she parked her car & browsing Pinterest for DIY projects she will never actually make. You can visit her over at Lark & Bloom or on Twitter @thelizgriffin.