Being a mom can be like days of heaven on earth, with challenging tasks in between. Like everyone else has said, motherhood is a daunting task. Yes, it’s intense and consuming. It consumes all our energy, physically and emotionally. Like you, I’ve have felt this countless times.
I can still remember that particular morning when my toddler has decided that he will not under any circumstance eat the breakfast that I have prepared. What’s in the mind of this little one?
I felt that the whole potty training process is taking me forever while a pile of laundry is waiting for me. Why do these simple tasks have to be so hard?
I can’t help but pray, “God is this really what I’m supposed to be doing? Don’t you have something really important to me that requires a little more skill than wiping a runny nose and tying the shoes?”
Let me share my background before I reach this point in my life. It wasn’t too long ago when I finished my Master’s Degree and successfully worked in the marketing department of the company where I usually had meetings with the managers and directors. I worked on my craft and not play-dough. I enjoyed listening to love songs and don’t know any nursery rhymes except Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star and ABC. I enjoyed watching movies that were not hosted by talking bus and trains.
Now, there are times where I feel like just getting dressed up in the morning and making it through the day is what I get to accomplish. Is there something more than you wanted me to do today, Lord? Finally, I heard a very still, soft voice reminding me of what I actually accomplished. I was given the privilege of listening to the hopes and conversing with an adorable young man who thinks I’m the greatest woman in the world. He just turned three and only gets excited over Thomas the Train and Lightning McQueen. He is charming and never boring. I was able to clean, cook, kiss away the tantrums and wipe away the tears. I praised, encouraged, hugged, kissed and tried my patience. I was given the privilege to nurture my precious son that God has entrusted to my care.
Today, what is my greatest challenge? It is to raise my son in the way of the Lord. God has given me a very significant job that requires much skill. A skill that can’t be learned by taking a master’s degree. It is my calling… to love, nurture and train my son in the way that God has called me to do.
Being a Mom is More Than Just a Cook and a Cleaner
Being a mom is more than just a cook and a cleaner, we are called to be one of God’s tool to form a human soul. To mold a character, to train and guide. There is nothing like the influence that a mother has on her child.
Today, kids are being bombarded by so many voices that it’s becoming hard for them to tell right from wrong any longer. In this ambiguous, unstable environment children live in, they need a solid Christian foundation at home to help them be grounded in their faith. To be grounded in faith means that even though our children may face problems, stumbles or sin in their lives, they will not ultimately fall away because they are in Christ. Their faith will point them beyond the problems that they’ll face to the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
Being a Mom is a Beautiful Example of God’s Love
Moms are a beautiful example of God’s love. Just like a sheep who needs a shepherd, we are also called to be the shepherds of our children. A shepherd loves, provides security, comforts a sheep when it is hurt, disciplines and leads them to fresh pastures. Being a mom is one of the significant callings that God of all grace has laid on our lap, to reflect His amazing love to our children. Most of all, our role is to lead our children to know and accept Jesus Christ in their lives as their Lord and Savior and be grounded in their faith.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear[b] when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8
The Rewards of Being a Mom
Moms, we need to be reminded of this wonderful privilege that God has entrusted to us. When we respond to the high calling of motherhood with humble obedience to the Lord, the rewards from Him are far greater than we would ever gain in this world. Being a mom will mold us into a more loving, more patient, more compassionate, more Christlike women. Let’s not miss this beautiful opportunity of nurturing and being present with our children while we still have them.
9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him— 1 Corinthians 2:9
Everything above was written in love and from a heart that wants every mom to experience the joyful reward that comes from humbly obeying God in this motherhood journey.
Moms, I would love to hear your thoughts.