This year we plan to feature one real woman of God each month. Every woman is designed by God to fulfill His purpose for their life. The most amazing thing is that each of us are unique in the ways we balance our days. This new series of interviews gives us a glance into how some women are living for the Lord through the ministry of their home.
Each of our guests are chosen for their strong faith and dedication to God. To the world, these women may lead ordinary lives, but to God, they are his daughters fulfilling His divine purpose.
TODAY’S GUEST IS AMY ROBERTS
Amy Roberts of RaisingArrows.net is a Christ-follower, devoted wife, homeschooling mother of 10, blogger, conference speaker, podcaster, and author. Amy inspires the hearts of weary, overwhelmed mamas across the world as she offers practical and encouraging advice to help simplify the path and enjoy the journey of homemaking, homeschooling, marriage, and mothering.
How did you become a stay at home mom? Was that your plan before having kids?
My mom was a stay at home mom, so I always wanted to be one too, but in college, I felt like that wasn’t “enough,” and began telling people I was planning to write and edit for a major publishing house even though my heart really wasn’t in it. However, once I had my first child, I knew I really just wanted to stay at home with him. Now I have the best of both worlds! I write at RaisingArrows.net AND I stay at home with my kiddos!
Do you feel that homemaking is something you are called to do?
No, I do not think it is a calling. I think it is something all women do naturally. God designed women to be home focused. Even if we don’t have children, even if we have a career outside the home, and even if we aren’t very good at making a home, we still have that desire to make our home a place that is comfortable, relaxing, and an extension of ourselves. That is homemaking at its very essence. It’s not a choice we make – it’s who we are.
In your opinion what is the role a mother should play in her children’s lives?
The Bible says we are not to forsake our mother’s teaching. It also tells mothers to love their children. I believe these are the two big things I must focus on as a mother – teaching my children and loving them.
Is your husband supportive of you staying home? Is he helpful when he gets home? If so how?
My husband has always been supportive of me staying at home. He is also supportive of my blogging. He is a very hands-on father, so he loves spending time with the kids, and getting in the middle of all the chaos! He doesn’t have specific things he helps within the home but is always right on top of anything I need him to do. We have systems in place that keep things running as smoothly as possible, so often he simply pitches in with one of those systems or keeps the kids busy while I keep the systems running.
What is your favorite encouraging scripture? Why that one?
Romans 8:38-39 has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I have a lot going on in my life and I need to be reminded that NOTHING can take me away from Jesus. When times are hard, I know God loves me. That is enough.
Do you have a favorite woman in the bible? If so, who and why?
Rahab is a favorite because she was an outsider, a mess-up, someone who by all rights should have been shunned, yet she ends up in the lineage of Christ! Hers is such an inspiring story of faith and redemption!
What are your biggest struggles with staying home? How do you overcome them?
I’m not a naturally organized person. I can’t look at clutter and chaos and automatically know how to fix it. However, I learned early on that I am really good at using other people’s ideas and tweaking them to make them work in my home. So, when I have a problem, I either ask another mother or I search blogs and Pinterest for ideas that solve my problem with just a few changes to make them my own.
Is homeschooling something you enjoy? What is your favorite part about it or story?
I love homeschooling! It was a perfect fit from the very beginning, and I am thankful every day for the ability to teach my children at home! I love that we are so connected as a family through the beauty of homeschooling!
Do you stick to a schedule or daily rhythm?
I like to be spontaneous but within boundaries. We have a routine. It is like the autopilot of our day. I know where to go when I get off course because we have that routine in place. It allows me to do projects and take opportunities that come my way without being completely derailed by them.
How do you make sure dinner is always ready? Do you meal plan?
I menu plan once a week and I use Evernote to write out my menu for the week with notes and links to recipes. I open Cozi beside the Evernote tab and add things to my grocery list as I go. Then I use the Cozi app on my phone to shop. I also often set an alarm on my phone to remind me to start dinner.
What are your biggest tips for balancing home life with blogging / working online?
Ask the Lord to hold you accountable. This is what I did when I first started putting more energy and effort into Raising Arrows. I prayed that if I ever got off course or started down a path that would either compromise my faith or my family, that the Holy Spirit would convict me and that I would listen. He has always been faithful.
Do you have any marriage tips you would like to share?
Don’t give up! There will be rough patches and it may be hard to hang on, but no matter what you feel, God’s Word is true, and your marriage is a covenant worth fighting for.
If you enjoyed today’s guest please leave a comment below for her. Remember to also check out her blog at Raising Arrows you can also find her posting photos of everyday life on Instagram at @amyraisingarrows.
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