Sharon is an incredible leader who shines the light of Jesus wherever she goes. This year as our chapters walked through discovering their purpose, Sharon found herself struggling to feel like her purpose wasn’t big enough. As women, we are quick measure our worth based on other people. Our standards easily became swayed because we do not realize how uniquely designed we are; how incomparable our lives, our worth and our purpose are. As Sharon pushed aside the doubt and chose to own her purpose, she has made a profound impact on everyone around her, especially her children. Walking with her through this journey of finding her purpose has been inspiring…but I will let her tell her story in her own words.

“So, when Christie asked us to create a purpose statement, I freaked out for two reasons. The first was that God was already having me work through something pretty tough(and now I’m being asked to think of something deep at the same time). The second reason was I had felt God calling me to do different things in the past 13 years and each time I would walk the path in obedience just to see the door shut.

VanderVeenFamilyCropped I was starting to feel like I didn’t have a purpose, so how could I have a purpose statement? But, I started to pray and ask God to show me what my purpose was. That’s when God showed me my purpose was to be a stay at home mom and to,Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Then I started questioning my purpose because it wasn’t BIG and Glamorous (so I thought). Being a stay at home can be hard and lonely sometimes. It’s certainly not glamorous to clean bottoms, wipe noses and pick Cheerios up off the dog’s back. Sometimes the only people you have to talk to is the little people in your life. But, God was starting to show me how staying at home was making a difference in their lives. He was teaching me to be content with the life and calling he had given me. He was teaching me that being a stay at home mom was a big and an important calling. Here is a little story about how God has recently been working in my life:

As I was about to sit down to have my quiet time I heard Abigail, my little girl, get up. I asked her if she could stay in her room while I had my quiet time and do a quiet activity. She was happy to do so. I sat down and prayed before I started reading the bible, when I heard a whisper say, “Train up a child in the way they should go and they will not depart from it.” “How can she learn what a quiet time is if she doesn’t learn it from you?” “Invite her to share it with you”. OUCH! Talk about conviction from the Holy Spirit! But, I tell you there has been no sweeter time than having my child sit on my lap and share my quiet time with me. Thank you Jesus for that blessing!

This is my purpose, to teach my children about the Lord! To teach them that the Lord wants nothing more than for them to curl up in his lap and spend time with Him.”