Welcome to 31 Days of Hope for Moms! To see all the posts in the series, click here!
Loving the little years comes with much effort sometimes, doesn’t it?
The volume at the dinner table, the scattered mess on the floor, the disorganization of your home, the undone to-do list and the perpetual lack of sleep can make even the sanest person feel crazy.
Let’s not pretend that every moment of motherhood is easy. Michelle Duggar says herself in their book A Love that Multiplies, “Motherhood is hard work!” It’s a calling, a gift and a huge blessing yet sometimes it’s just downright exhausting to get through each day. Especially when you have many little ones.
It really does go fast, like they say. The oldest of our four is now 8 1/2 and I still remember holding him for hours in my sleep-deprived stupor after coming home from the hospital as a first-time mom. Pure bliss. And now he can make his own peanut-butter sandwiches, do the dishes, read to his siblings and ride his bike all the way down the street.
In the midst of the very crazy days, remember this:
Though motherhood may be hard work, it is a beautiful privilege. It is profitable work with it’s rewarding moments, when we stop to see them throughout the day. Nothing worth having comes easily, and so to say motherhood is many times hard does not have to be a criticism or a cop-out. The best, most worthwhile things in life are those which we often times must work hard to accomplish, putting our minds and hearts to fulfilling this high calling which we have graciously received from the Lord.
And that’s the bottom line, friends. It is the Lord that has given us our children and He will also give us the grace upon grace to parent our children in love. He is good and kind and forgiving. When we recognize that we are exhausted and discouraged and that we need His help, He is there! He is close by, not with condemnation, but with help in time of need.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16, NASB
Take a deep breath with me, fellow mom of many young children who feels mentally disorganized, physically tired and spiritually discouraged. Don’t let the world convince you that your children are a burden and that you can’t live your dreams unless you get them out of your way. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Hold your little ones close and tell them you love them. Read with them, speak life to them and know that in the blink of an eye, they will be all grown up.
Or at least grown enough to do their own dishes :)
Today, for your encouragement, I have created a free printable Scripture wall art for you of Psalm 127:3: “Children are a gift from the Lord: they are a reward from him.”
Please click on this link or the image to download your copy and feel free to direct your friends to my blog post here for encouragement and their own copy.
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