Motherhood is the greatest job on the planet. It is also the hardest. It is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually draining.
Motherhood is filled with sadness, joy, triumphs, losses, anger, frustration, laughter and wonder. We oftentimes find ourselves feeling like failures- without purpose.
Motherhood is the most varied, exciting job, but it can also be the most boring, it really depends on the day!
Motherhood is full of crazy days. We deal with tantrums, attitudes, dirty diapers, fingerprinted walls and messy floors. Much of the time we feel frumpy and ugly.
In a nutshell, motherhood is a long journey. It takes you up mountains, through valleys, down the rapids, and sometimes, very occasionally let’s you relax on life’s beach. Regardless of where it takes us, it is one of the most rewarding and gratifying journeys you will ever take.
God has given mothers a deep, protective instinct that once awakened, never goes back to sleep. We are strong and brave and will do anything to shield our babies. Even so, we sometimes still feel like we are not enough. But I have great news for you- we will never be enough. Doesn’t that kinda take the pressure off?
Unfortunately society has placed women under so much pressure to succeed in the career of motherhood, that we often set the bar too high, and then have a hard time forgiving ourselves when we fail to reach it. If we work outside of the home, we try to justify why it’s necessary. If we stay home with our children we have to prove that we can run our home perfectly, so we can justify not financially contributing to the family. Here’s the real problem; we are allowing society to decide what a good mother looks like, when really we should be looking to Jesus. His list of requirements for us is pretty short. They are:
- To love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
- To teach our children His ways. Deuteronomy 6:5-11
- To commit our ways to Him. Proverbs 16:3
In return He promises that:
- He will give us rest, peace and wisdom & satisfaction
- We will succeed.
We need rest when times are crazy; we need peace when our nerves are shot; we need wisdom when our children are driving us crazy; and we need to feel satisfied that we are doing well.
I know many of you reading this may relate to the things written here. Outwardly you are successful in keeping up appearances, but inwardly you are crying out for someone to rescue you from the constant demands of your children. You fail to live up to the expectations you have set for yourself. The Lord is saying to you, precious mom, “cease striving, you are not alone.” God’s word is full of wisdom and guidance, knowledge and instruction. If we could only learn to cling to and hold on to His promises, we would see that His requirements are few, and His rewards are many. “Come to me all you (precious moms) who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Lord help us as mothers, to come to You daily. Help us to look upon our children not as projects or pests, but as souls given to us in order that we might raise them in the knowledge of You. Help us to rest in the promise that you are there to carry our burdens and struggles. May we look to You for our value, and not allow society to steal the joy we should have in our children – Amen