Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel? God knows I still do! Being a mom is hard, yet so rewarding. Whether you are the mother of one or ten, it is a never-ending job! As moms we are: CEO’s of our household, personal chefs to picky eaters, housekeepers, taxi drivers, errand runners, maids, teachers, finance managers, potty trainers, nurses, event coordinators, kiss/hug experts, personal assistants to the whole family while sometimes holding a full-time job. The list goes on. We are on 24/7. We don’t clock out till the next day, get time off, or even sick days. The minute our baby is placed in our arms, we are mom for life! It’s the greatest joy but also the scariest time when we realize that this little miracle is our responsibility.
The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God, a blessing! He gives us a special kind of mother-love where we get to nurture our children, meet their needs, teach and train them to love God. We also help them develop their skills and discover their strengths. We are not meant to do this alone or are required to be perfect, carry guilt or compare ourselves to others. Kids don’t come with instructions! We learn as we go and do the best we can. We are allowed to make mistakes and laugh at them. That’s how we grow.
When you are exhausted due to lack of sleep or just too busy changing diapers, picking up toys, wiping runny noses, baking cupcakes, or helping with homework so that you don’t even have time to have a proper meal, yet alone, brush your hair. When they tell you they hate you because they are not allowed to go to a party, or stay out late and the list goes on. Remember God is on your side. You are not alone! There is another mom going through the same thing. Just know that God will equip you with everything you need. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He has also promised to comfort us (Isaiah 66:13). We need to know that we all struggle and all have difficult days.
Whether you gave birth, adopted or are a stepmother, your role as a mother is the most important job you’ll ever hold. Your children deserve your best. Do not lose who you are. Find time to do the things that motivate you and inspire you. Most of us forget who we are. We get lost being mom! We are wives, sisters, friends and daughters of the king of kings. Wear your crown proudly! You are valuable and loved. Set time for yourself. Have a girls’ night out, plan dates with your husband. Spend time alone with God and refocus. Put Him first and he will give you strength and courage to deal with whatever comes.
Your rewards will come when your child speaks their first words, when they look into your eyes and tell you they love you, when they learn to read their first words, when they score a goal, a home run, when they get baptized, when they snuggle with you when they are heart-broken, when they graduate high school, when they call because they need your advice. Every tear, worry and sleepless night will all have been worth it when you see that your baby is all grown up. You will feel proud that you have stayed the course and have done your best by loving them unconditionally. You were not perfect, you didn’t give up and you didn’t fail! You are MOM! Their Mom! Stand tall and proud!
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her. Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
With God on my side,