God Doesn't Have a Plan B
One of the hardest places to be in life is where you don't want to be. Whether you are working inside the home, and that's not where you ever thought you would be, or you're working outside the home, and that's not where you ever thought you would be—it's one of the hardest things to come to terms with. We all have to come to terms with the reality of our lives looking different than we intended them to look.
At the end of your life, you will see what all your work was intended for.
At the end of the day, we all have to accept the fact that God has no Plan B in our lives. Where you're at is Plan A, as hard as that may be. And you also have to understand that whatever God has given you to do in your work is the work that he has ordained and designed for you, and you are there for good purposes; whether you're in an office or you're in the home—you are there to bring vital contribution to society through the work that you're doing.
We need women in both of those places. Whether you want to be there or not, that's where God has you. It's a good place to be. You can find value in the work you're doing there, even if it's hard and it's not what you anticipated, because you can know that it's been given to you by a loving and good God who doesn't make mistakes.
At the end of your life, you will see what all your work was intended for. You might not see it now, and while it might be disappointing and hard, you'll know that God did it for your good, and for the good of so many people—people you might not even know you're impacting today.
The value of our work doesn't depend on what compensation we receive or don't receive, but on the love we offer in service to our neighbor.
If you struggle with guilt over your parenting, consider that God does not require perfection from you.
The work of the home and service of others involves the whole family.