Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Little Encouragement for Moms ...

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

It's so easy during any given day (or hour!) to become weary as moms. Did you ever feel sunk before your feet even hit the floor in the morning? Have you known the reality of failure? Been there. Two kids into this parenting gig and I thought we were doin' ok. Yes, there were the sleepless nights. One out of the two guys was a little intense, if you know what I mean. The other never wanted to sleep unless there was flesh next to him, namely MY flesh. But really, all in all we were doing ok. Then God blessed us with number three. Little did we know at the time, He was just really preparing us for number four child! :) That third guy though, I should have known what was coming during labor when he pretty much REFUSED to be born! Stubborn with a mile-high S was that sweet boy. My character was tested daily as we were all crammed into a small two bedroom apartment in the middle of the inner-city of Chicago while my husband was in Bible college.

As a mom, have you ever just wanted to throw a big screamin' temper-tantrum?? Or maybe like me, you haven't just wanted to, but have DONE so ... numerous times. Only to feel defeated afterward, not to mention the wasted energy that could have been used to actually cook dinner or wipe yet another dirty bottom. Last time I looked there wasn't a long line of people waiting in line to cheer me on with this mothering gig. No, instead there is a long line of dishes strung across the counters, piles of laundry pretty much every direction you look, spills, unpaid bills, marked up furniture, wet diapers (and don't forget the stinky ones) and NOISE! ... definitely can't forget the NOISE! How's a mom even to concentrate and THINK, for crying out loud?

Yet LITERALLY!!!, before you know it ... my three sons are now all towering over me and God has brought along two sweet-with-a-mix-of-spunk daughters into the mix. The oldest is firmly rooted and full of dreams, waiting to receive an acceptance to Bible college. The middle one is a jack-of-all-trades guy who can do anything from fixing a toilet to hushing a fussy babe, not to mention COOK! The third (who now and then puts this momma over the edge) has found his voice and the rhythm of drums and loves teaching his little sisters about Jesus. As I reflect on the last 17 years of mothering I can't help but think of Galatians 6:9. Fellow moms ..... let us NOT become WEARY in doing good ... for at the proper time we WILL ... we WILL .... reap a harvest if we do not give up!

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