"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..."
Ah, the wisdom of Solomon! To every thing there is a season. Just as the seasons change outside, so do the seasons change in our lives.
If you're a single girl living at home, this season should be used to serve your family and the Body of Christ, learn as much as you can, and focus your energies on advancing the Kingdom in ways you won't be able to during the next season of your life, should the Lord give you a husband and children. If you're an older woman with grown children you are in a season of life when instructing younger women (and hopefully, helping your children raise their own!) is a biblically mandated priority (see Titus 2).
As for those of us wives with young children, it's not our season to prioritize outside ministry or outside work. Our ministry and work is in our home. It's our season to pour everything we possibly can into raising up the next generation of Christ-followers. Growing our children into godly adults is the best gift we can give the church, the world, and future generations with this season of our lives.
Like the beauty of fall, this beautiful season of life is so short and so fleeting. I know the days feel long--by the time the children are tucked into bed, you're tired and there's still work to do. But I also know that no matter how long the days feel, the years really do fly by.
One day your babies will be all grown up, and the outside ministries and outside work you'd like to do will still be there when they're not. I want to encourage y'all to relish this season of life with sweet little ones. Spend yourself loving them and leading them to submit to Christ, creating a home where they can be nurtured and making memories they will cherish forever--all for the glory of the One Who graciously gave them to you.