Proverbs 31:25-30 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
I could have put all of Proverbs 31 in this post, but that would get a bit lengthy. But, if you get a chance, please head to your Bible and read it in its entirety. It’s truly worth it. Do you ever feel like you work so hard to take care of your family and no one even notices? When you feel that way, remember God sees all you are doing.
I’m pretty sure being a mom is the best job in the world, but also the most taken for granted. But that’s not why we do what we do, right? We do it because we love our families, we want the best for them, so we give them our best. We don’t do it for praise and recognition (though that would be a super big bonus!). We constantly put ourselves last, day after day.
As moms, we are shaping future generations. What a huge task to be assigned with! I find it incredibly humbling that God trusted me with these little vulnerable lives. God doesn’t make mistakes and He chose you to take care of your child/children. There is something inside you that is exactly what your children need, and God knew that when He put your child in your womb. Trust in your instincts and don’t give up.
We all have days where we feel like we can’t possibly give anymore, that we might explode if we give anything else to these ungrateful little people! During these times, I like to refer to Proverbs 22:6 which reminds us to teach them up in the way they should go and they won’t depart from it. Sometimes this is the only thing keeping me going. But I believe all of life is about balance. So when you start to feel overwhelmed, remember it’s okay to take a break. A frozen pizza, skipping bath night, or just lazing on the couch isn’t going to hurt them in the long run. But it may just help you keep your sanity! We can only do so much, even though we are kind of like superheroes!
Remember it’s important to take a break for yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive like an hour long massage, or a weekend in a hotel, but small, consistent breaks help us to rejuvenate ourselves and give our best to our families. My favorite thing to do to regroup is to grab my Bible and head to the coffee shop in town. I’m spending less than five bucks on that delectable drink and get to snuggle up in the corner by the fireplace and regain my focus. While you are (hopefully) enjoying a break this Mother’s Day, think about how you can make breaks a regular occurrence. It is so important to separate yourself from your responsibilities and clear your mind. And time away from your kids always makes you more appreciative of them (and your husband for that matter)!
So, to all you super moms out there, I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day filled with handmade cards, big hugs, countless I love you‘s, and mounds of appreciation. Don’t feel guilty for taking a break. You were chosen by a perfect God to protect and teach these little people, you are equipped with the strength of the Holy Spirit, and someday your kids will know exactly how much you gave up to be there for them. Let that be enough to guide you, to keep you going on the days when there are no cards, and the I love you‘s turn into Why?! and Why not?!
And remember, an excellent wife (mother) is far more precious than jewels! God bless you all for all you do and I pray today and everyday that you are able to love unconditionally, smile past the exhaustion, hug them a little longer, keep your patience, and train your children in the way they should go. For that is what is truly important to God. Sending you lots of love today and everyday!
Love in Christ,