Monday, Mothering and Ministry

I didn’t get a daybook post up on Monday. I really did try, but it was one of those days and I just couldn’t get my head into blogging. Actually, it’s still not totally into it today either.

I may not survive potty training Camo. Yes, I know, I’m exaggerating horribly with that statement, but that’s how I feel quite frequently these days. We’ve been through this twice before with the two oldest. But any parent of more than one child can tell you that what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the others. I’ve done a lot of laundry over the past few days.

Added to that, the Little Guy has been rather fussy too. I don’t know if he’s possibly teething (there is so much drool) or just going through a stage. In either case, he wants to be held all the time.

Motherhood is not always conducive to regular blogging. It’s also very discouraging some days. I read something on a friend’s blog Monday afternoon that encouraged me though.

“KIDS MATTER SO MUCH THAT THE JOB OF RAISING THEM IS A GIFT AND A CALLING.  BEING A WIFE AND MOTHER IS A MINISTRY IN AND OF ITSELF.  IT IS NOT A SIDE PURSUIT OR BURDEN OR SOMETHING WE DO BECAUSE WE MUST.  IT IS SOMETHING WE DO BECAUSE THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE HAS CALLED US TO DO IT.  EVERY DIAPER WE CHANGE, EVERY MESS WE CLEAN UP, EVERY BOO-BOO WE KISS, EVERY MEAL WE PREPARE, EVERY LOAD OF LAUNDRY WE WASH AND FOLD… EVERY LITTLE, TINY THING WE DO TO SERVE OUR FAMILY IS IMPORTANT, SIGNIFICANT, AND MEANINGFUL.” – Mandy at What I Wish I Could Say (I highly recommend her blog!)

God used Mandy’s blog to remind me of something very important: The nitty-gritty un-glamorous side of mothering has value in the eyes of God. It really is a calling from Him! Mothering my children (even when it is incredibly difficult) is my act of service to others and to God.

Our society tells us that just being a Mom isn’t enough. That it’s just menial labor that anyone could do and that any woman with half a brain is wasting it on raising kids. When we listen to them, we start to believe that what we do isn’t really important. We feel like we aren’t really contributing anything. We get discouraged. We feel pressured to find something “meaningful” to do. We buy into the lie. Because that’s what it is A LIE!

This really is the work that God has called me to. I lose sight of that fact far too often. Sometimes it’s teaching my kids Biblical principles, and sometimes it’s mopping the bathroom floor. But it’s all important. It’s all ministry.

2 Replies to “Monday, Mothering and Ministry”

  1. You just gave me a whole lot of encouragement. And I’m blessed that I could encourage you! I know the potty training thing can be tough – my older son didn’t train until he was four. Praying for that whole process with your son and that you have the strength you need to endure – especially with that adorable baby fella wanting to be held all the time! Wish I lived nearby and could give you a hand.

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