Do you ever feel as though your children are a burden? That they are keeping you from doing the many things you used to do before you were a mother? Do you ever ponder how much free time you’d have if you didn’t have kids (although you’d probably fill it up with something else)?
As Mother’s Day approaches, we see plenty of Hallmark cards thanking us moms for all the sacrifices we make and the love we give to our children. When I ponder my selfish thoughts and inadequacies, I don’t feel like receiving those encouragements. I don’t measure up to those standards. I have to admit that I’ve let myself believe that my children are a burden.
It’s not intentional, but I’m guilty of listening to the subtle messages the world sends me about my offspring:
–they’re messy –they’re whiny –there are too many of them –they keep me from getting sleep –they’re always pulling at me or asking me a question –they keep me from doing something for myself –it will be so nice when they’re gone at school all day and I have some peace and quiet –their purpose is to make my life miserable
It’s time to take back the belief that children are a blessing rather than a burden. To submit our daily thoughts to God and ask Him to change those thoughts toward our children. To fight back against the message that “being a mom” isn’t worth pursuing with our whole hearts.