believe in what you’re doing
I had another post I was going to write today for Mamas Matter Monday but these words kept tugging at me. “Believe in what you’re doing, believe in who you are.” These words came into my mind last week while I was having a rough day of motherhood and have been running through it ever since. The words originally come from a song that is talking about who you are as a child of God but they mean so much to me as a mother. The world would have us believe that motherhood is a thankless and worthless job. That being a full time, stay at home mom, is not worth money or praise. But thankfully we know how Heavenly Father feels about motherhood. “Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.” (Howard W. Hunter). What we are doing as mothers MATTERS! It matters so much!
We have all heard the old adage, “the days are long but the years are short.” I know this is true. My baby boy is about to turn two years old. TWO!? How did that even happen? But sometimes, a lot of times, the days seem so, so long and years also seem so, so long. After years and years of infertility and the miraculous way that our children came to our family, I never expected the days to be long. I planned on cherishing every single little tiny moment of motherhood. And I try to. But that doesn’t mean the days aren’t long and hard sometimes. I never anticipated the amount of loneliness I would feel somedays. Some days are just long. But that’s why I love these words, “believe in what you’re doing, believe in who you are.” I KNOW my work as a mother means so much. I know that reading “Things that Go” a gazillion times in a row matters. It matters so much! Every little dish I put in that dishwasher to make sure my kids have clean dishes for their food, MATTERS! And all of it will matter more, in my own heart especially, as I devote these days to the Lord. Each act of service for my children is an act of service for the Lord. Choosing them over the world is a wonderful, daily, happy choice that I get to make daily. A choice that I am so, so thankful for.
This quote from Sally Clarkson resonates so much with me:
“Serving with joy in the midst of messes and difficulty can only be done when we walk in the power of His Holy Spirit. When we are joyful and see each minute with our children as an opportunity to worship God through our service of Him, our children sense our joy and feel secure and happy. Loving our children with our whole heart is a choice, a daily choice. If we faithfully plant seeds of love and care in their hearts, in due time we will indeed reap a harvest in kind.”
So Mamas, believe in what you’re doing. Believe in who you are as a mother. Your children need YOU, not someone else, they need YOU. You got this, Mama. See each moment as motherhood as an opportunity to worship Him. Believe that what you do every day, on the long days, on the good days, on the days when you are still in your sweatpants by 5 p.m. but that baby is rocked and cared for, believe that every single one of those moments matter. Because they truly do. They matter to your precious children and they matter to our precious Lord. And YOU matter, dear Mama.