As moms, we pour so much of ourselves into our families that it can leave us feeling exhausted. It also tends to cause us to focus on everything that we can’t do because we have so many responsibilities. But instead of focusing on ourselves, what if we looked at the brighter side of being a wife, a mother, and a homemaker? What have we gained by losing sleep, privacy, and coffee in peace? What blessings can we find that are so easily hidden by selfish desires?
What am I happy about losing?
Ever since I was young, I have had a love for children and babies. I spent most of my time volunteering in the nursery or children’s classes and working in child care. I just knew that when I had my own kids, it would come easy to me, that I already had it all figured out.
Four kids later, God has shown me that I don’t know everything, but most importantly that’s okay. As long as I seek Him through this journey, He will guide me. It’s about humbling myself before Him and admitting that I need Him.
I no longer spend money carelessly on new clothes or eating out, but I do find myself becoming more frugal each day. I’ve learned that keeping it simple brings more peace to my home and that a home cooked meal brings happiness to my heart.
I want my kids to remember a mom that enjoyed them more than things.
I never realized how self-centered I was until I had children. Being a mom means that most of the time my food will need reheated and my days of sleeping in are over (for now). But I’m okay with that because serving my family is more important to me.
My young children need me and even though it’s frustrating, it’s my job to push through with a servant’s heart.
Being a mom has made me more diligent in many ways. For example, homemaking has not always been a passion of mine, but I want to be an example to my children and teach them these skills, even at a young age. I pray that they would always be willing to jump in and be helpful no matter what they are doing, whether they like doing it or not.
Also, I’ve noticed that my kids are happier and more well-behaved when we get up and do something together. Whether it’s a trip to the library or an art project at home, taking that time to really interact with them is what puts a smile on their faces.
Even though I do still struggle with pride, discontentment, selfishness, and laziness, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come. I will always need God’s grace to get me through the days that I just want to lay in bed and shut everyone off. But I must remember that God has given me purpose in each day.
What have you learned about yourself since becoming a mother?
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