The past few days, God has been so gracious to me. I have been worn down and just plain tired! I have had guilt because of my lack of appreciation for my job as a mother and help-meet for my husband. Some days, it was just hard to greet their little faces with anticipation. It was more, when is bed-time?! I have felt like a failure. That is when, once again, Jesus showed up in very subltle ways at first, then more obvious ways. Through some other wise women who have been there before, prayer with just plain crying out to Him, and just feeling His love in my heart.
Motherhood is hard, demanding and a dying of yourself everyday. I get tired sometimes of dying to myself! Maybe you have had times like this. Please let me encourage you as I have recieved encouragement this past week. Mothers, your job is the most important and sacred thing you will ever do! You are a very important part of God's one soul desire, to love others. You are helping Him fulfill His plan on this earth! Sometimes it seems as if what we do has little value. Changing diapers, wiping noses, cleaning dirty fingers and faces, many times a day! Those things to God are just as important for His kingdom as missionaries who go to lands far away preaching the good news to thousands of people! HE notices the tedious things you do. HE appreciates the little things that you day in and day out. When you feed those little mouths, you are feeding the hungry just as The Word says. God is holding you and cares about your fears. He sees when you are totally exhausted and yet you stumble out of bed to comfort your little one who is sick. Even if it seems nobody else on this earth ever appreciates the things you do as a mom, God does! You are honored in His eyes and someday when you see Him face to face, He will say, "well done my good and faithful servant!" To all you mothers out there, keep going, He is with you and will never leave you or forsake you!