Monday, January 17, 2011
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
Being a stay at home mom is no easy feat; in fact most days it's not as fabulous as I imagined when I first entertained the fantasy of staying home with my perfect child, perfect hair, and perfect home. I'm pretty sure my fabulous fantasies were induced by all the extra pregnancy hormones. In reality, it's a job that's in motion 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...let's not mention for the duration of at least 18 years.
There's no one in which we can hand our two weeks notice, and when a dead line hits, it's up to us to make it or break it. Piles of laundry call our name daily, while the kitchen sink fills up at least four times a day demanding our attention to wash them. Then there's kid duty, entertaining, teaching, time outs, breaking up fights, and teaching moments. There have been many moments when I catch myself in the mirror after a particularly engaging battle with my toddlers when I question if it's all worth it. Is all my labor in vain? Does what I do matter? My answer is YES, it matters to God. He cares more than you could ever imagine over your frustrations and trials as a Mom!
How do I remain steadfast and immovable for my children? What's the point of discipline when the little ones repeat the same offense day after day, sometimes minute and after minute and not give up? It's my mind set. Each morning before I get out of bed, I send up a prayer asking God for the strength and wisdom to parent and to get my check list done. My prayer is generally something like this, "Father God, I know You see me down here.(Elijah, Mommy is talking to God, you need to wait for your juice.) You know my temper, and the ability my kids have to push my buttons. (I'm...just a sec God, gotta get Tori's poopy diaper changed), I'm committing this day to You and I ask that Your presence is with me throughout the day. Help me to live in the moment and impact my kids for You...(No, Elijah you may NOT play the Wii or use the remotes for swords before 7:00 a.m.) Let the little things like hugs and kind words make an impression on their hearts today. Please Lord, help me to not strangle them today....and help me to view my household work that I despise as a pleasing offering to You. Amen."
The work of raising well rounded society minded, Christ centered kids is HUGE. And very often I don't see the results of my efforts for months to come. In the mean time I know that God is with me, He sees all that I'm doing which amps up my efforts in being a good mom today.
What do you struggle with as a mom?
When you feel like you are laboring in vain, is it hard for you to believe that God is willing to give you the strength to go on?
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