Do you need some encouragement today, friend? Being a mom is exhausting. All day long you give yourself – your time, your energy, your emotions, even your very body – for these little ones that only ever want more of you.
Some days are full of so much joy, and others are filled with so much exhaustion that you just want to crawl under your bed (yes, I said under) and stay there the rest of the day.
(I wonder how long until they’ll actually miss me? Yeah, about two minutes).
You wonder if what you are doing even matters to these little lives that you have been given. This God-given responsibility to raise these children can feel so overwhelming most days!
You wonder: Am I doing this right? Am I making a difference? Am I ruining my kids? Will they be in therapy for the rest of their adult lives because of me?
I have felt (and do feel) all these things. But I want to give you some encouragement, momma, and remind myself as well.
I Corinthians 15:57-58 (NLT) says:
“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
Many days, I feel like I am victorious in absolutely nothing. Between keeping up with housework, keeping my kids alive, and running a small business, there are very few days that I feel like I have done any one of those things well. I’m sure you can relate!
This verse, however, reminds me that, although I may not feel victorious on the daily, I have been given victory over sin and death, in Jesus. Because Jesus died, rose again and conquered death, I too can have victory through him!
I love the second part of the verse and I think it’s a great encouragement for moms…
Stand strong! Don’t let anything throw you off course! Always give your whole heart to the work that God has given you to do. Why? Because the work you do for the Lord is never wasted.
God will take your feeble efforts and your half-baked lasagna, your piles of dirty laundry and your sticky-faced children, and he will make something beautiful out of your life. Because that’s what he does.
He paints beauty out of your ugly. He creates order out of your chaos. He makes perfection out of your broken.
You can take all your mess and all your questions and all your exhaustion to him. Keep doing the good work that God has called you to do. He promises you that it will not be wasted.