Okay, have y’all seen all the shirts advertised right now that say, “Mommin’ ain’t easy”? Seriously. Those should be handed out like trophies at the hospital when you give birth- swaddle those newborn babies up in that shirt as they go home because every mama will understand those words all too soon.
Moms, our work is not easy. It doesn’t matter if you’ve given birth or God has blessed you through adoption… If you work a full time career outside of the home or work odd jobs to make ends meet… If you home school or private school or public school… If you’re the “fun” mom or the “tough” mom… If your house stays clean (bless you) or if you wade over the piles to get in bed at night… If you have one kid or twenty… being a mom is hard.
The struggle is real and I get it. I’ve had the days where I’m not sure if I’m running a home for my family or the mentally insane. I’ve been hit, scratched, spit on, yelled at, called names… All in one day. I have had to make hard choices and discipline when it hurts- and yes, sometimes it truly does hurt me more than it does them. I’ve had moments of patience and moments of yelling, days full of tears and nights full of prayers. I’ve helped a threatening runaway pack her bags and I’ve run away myself a time or two (but only as far as Target, so don’t freak out on me!).
But, here’s the thing- It. Is. Worth. It. Yes, some days are hard and you just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, and some of those days grow into weeks or months, but every second of every battle is worth it. You see, these little humans that we have been given charge of here on earth were given to us for a purpose. God designed them for us and us for them. He knew that you would be the perfect mom for your child, that you have the qualities and characteristics that your baby needs not just to survive, but to thrive- and that your kiddo also has the very thing you need to develop and grow and become more Christ-like. Because this mom-thing isn’t just about us teaching and molding them- it’s a learning process for us, too.
Right now it’s hard to see beyond the dirty diapers and sleepless nights, the piles of laundry and the toys in the floor. It’s difficult to see how cooking another dinner that will be met with grumbles and complaints will bring glory to the kingdom of God, how wiping up another spill could possibly lead someone to Christ, or how refereeing the umpteenth argument over Legos or Uno (or some other catastrophic event) is an opportunity to share the love of Jesus. But guess what, weary mama? It all matters. All of the little, tiny, seemingly-unimportant moments make up a big, beautiful picture painted by a big, beautiful God- and He doesn’t make mistakes.
Your work is not in vain. Keep pressing forward, knowing that every word spoken and every deed done is making an eternal difference. You are loved, and you are doing a mighty work.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. -I Corinthians 10:31
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. -Colossians 3:23-23