In this candid conversation with Judy McDonough, a devoted wife, mother of four, and seasoned professional, we gain valuable insights into the joys and challenges of navigating the roles of motherhood, career, and faith. Judy shares her journey of transitioning from the workforce to becoming a stay-at-home mom, and eventually re-entering the workforce while raising her children. She reflects on the pressures and expectations she faced as a mother and wife, shedding light on the cultural and social dynamics that often influence our perceptions of success and fulfillment. Through her experiences, Judy emphasizes the importance of setting realistic expectations, prioritizing health and well-being, and seeking God’s guidance in every season of life.

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

So, What… for This Week?

  • Reflect on your priorities: Take time to assess your current commitments and responsibilities, and prayerfully consider whether they align with your values and goals.
  • Set boundaries: Recognize that it’s okay to say no to certain activities or opportunities that may compromise your well-being or detract from your primary responsibilities.
  • Practice self-care: Prioritize your physical, emotional, and spiritual health by carving out time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
  • Seek support: Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family members, or community resources for assistance and encouragement when needed.
  • Trust in God’s provision: Remember that God is faithful to guide and sustain you through every season of life, and His grace is more than sufficient for all your needs.

In our pursuit of purpose and fulfillment, our identity plays a crucial role. Sometimes, our perception of ourselves can be shaped by external factors, experiences, and even the words of woman of intelligence and compassion, shares her journey of identity discovery and healing. Growing up, Judy struggled with an inaccurate view of herself, shaped by feelings of neglect and a strong emphasis on her intelligence. Despite her longing to be cherished and valued for more than just her intellect, Judy found herself boxed into a narrow definition of who she was. However, it was through a series of events and encounters with God that Judy began to understand her worth and purpose in His eyes. Surrendering control and allowing God to lead her life became a pivotal moment of transformation. Through prayer, journaling, and seeking God’s guidance, Judy embraced a new perspective on her identity—one rooted in God’s love and acceptance.

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