Imagine this, if you can:

It’s been a challenging year.  Everyday seems harder for her than the one before.  The simplest tasks have become difficult and the day to day joys seem scarce.  She clings to her faith, though there are times she feels so very dry.  And homeschooling?  Well…there seems to be way too much “home” and not nearly enough “schooling.”   “She” is “everymom”:  pregnant, ill, over-scheduled or just struggling to make sense of the whys and wherefores of her daily life.  Regardless, the days’ work stretches before her endlessly.  She has allowed monotony to set in…and she  just doesn’t know how to shake it…

And then the Lord speaks to her.  He tells her a secret:

“You are saving a soul…”

He won’t tell her whose…He will only assure her that she must live as though every soul is at stake, and should she not persevere, the “one” could be lost.  He asks her if she knows her efforts will be rewarded with salvation of this single soul…will she be faithful to her call?  For the one?

Well, of course she will!  But who could it be?  She agonizes, surveying the lovely sea of faces around her.  Is it the youngest child, so sweet and innocent?  Or the oldest at home…so close to adulthood, so soon to be thrust into the world?  Perhaps it’s the misunderstood one…or the emotional one…or the one who seems to have no troubles at all…perhaps this child is hiding something?  Perhaps it’s one of the children who’ve already left home…that they may see the example of a family life lived in faith and love.  Maybe it’s a friend…one who needs encouragement, a mentor.

Maybe, maybe…it’s her spouse!  Surely, her heroic effort in living the sacrificial life of faith and/or homeschooling, will continue to spur him on in his own pursuit of holiness…of course…it just…might be him…

And so she perseveres.  Everyday, she takes another step and then another, and another…until she stands firmly in the shadow of the Cross and embraces it…

And when she does…the Lord in His infinite mercy and tenderness reveals to her that she has saved…

…herself.

Not because of her clean kitchen…or well decorated home…or perfect plans for perfect days…but by her desire to serve, to give fully, completely…

By laying down her life, taking up the Cross and moving forward when all she wants to do is retreat…she has pleased Him, and her willing sacrifice and selflessness was what was needed all along…

…for her salvation.

Yet she shall be saved through childbearing; if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety.  Timothy 2:15

Blessings,