HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! I wanted to share something special with you this Mother’s day.
A sweet friend of mine, who happens to be named Sarah ( just like our sweet baby girl! :D), has a great website where she shares her heart. She has an amazing post about motherhood. It doesn’t matter that she wrote it a year ago because it is full of the the timeless truth that Motherhood is sacred.
As you all know, this whole motherhood thing can be pretty tough. You all have read about my struggles with “giving up my dreams and passions” to become a mom. You all know that sometimes as a mom I have struggled to feel like I am “doing enough.” I mean, there are Christians being beheaded in the Middle East right now, and all God expects of me to do right now is put ‘John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt’ on repeat in the car, play with choo choo trains and make sure our floors are clean for Little Miss “Eat Everything That I Can Find On The Floor?”
But then God started reminding me of my passions. He brought me back to some journal entries from 2007, and my heart’s plea with the Lord at that time was to help further His kingdom. To see lost people get saved. To see lives turned around and transformed. To embrace the hurting. To be His hands and feet. To love like He loves.
In my mind, I thought the fulfillment of this passion would look a lot like being a medical missionary. Or I thought that fighting human trafficking would be a way to fulfill this heart’s desire. Both of which are GREAT THINGS.
But do you know what a lot of that “being His hands and feet” is beginning to sound like to me? MOTHERHOOD.
I mean think about it. What exactly is Motherhood?
Is it not feeding the hungry? (particularly Annie’s Bunnies and Veggie Straws?)
Is it not clothing (and reclothing) the naked?
Is it not getting out our servant’s towel as we wash and dry precious pudgy feet and big- bellied bodies?
Is it not loving the (at times) hard-to-love?
Is it not giving to the poor? (because we ALL know that children don’t earn a paycheck.)
Is it not putting another’s needs before our very own? (like letting them potty first when your not-as-strong-as-it-used-to-be bladder really needs to go too.)
Is it not healing the sick? (via kissing boo boos and applying lots of Thieves on the feet?)
Is it not sharing the Gospel day in and day out with our children in hopes of seeing their hearts turn to Jesus? In this way it being a literal advancing of His Kingdom?
Is it not just like being the actual hands and feet of Jesus?
You see, Motherhood in a sense is the direct fulfillment of so many things that Jesus calls us to do.
Take the time to go read the full post on her website. (www.ourhappyheadquarters.com)
I promise you will not regret it.
Here is just a bit more of the goodness God laid on her heart… Mommas read this slow and soak this in:
Our world NEEDS moms who are fully engaged in their kid’s lives and who are being a living, breathing example of Jesus Christ to them each day. Our world NEEDS moms who are brave and who show up each day to parent even in the midst of exhaustion. Our world NEEDS moms who set the example of what it means to partner with God and parent with grace. Our world NEEDS moms who love unconditionally, embrace tenderly and discipline consistently.
And maybe that is why mothers are so attacked. Maybe that is why the Enemy fights to distract us from our role and causes us to run after other “more noble” things. Because He knows how important and sacred this role is.
But may we not lose sight of our calling. May we not go another day rolling our eyes or wishing we were someplace other than right here with our children. May we understand the immensity of this task that God has assigned to us. May we never ever ever take it lightly. This season will be gone before we know it.
My heart for SO MANY YEARS has yearned to imitate Jesus Christ in everything I do. And by God’s grace, He has placed me in the BEST position ever to become more like Jesus day in and day out.
And for that I am forever grateful.
You stay at home mom, you working mom, you single mom: THANK YOU for answering the call to share the Gospel and feed the hungry and clothe the naked. God is so pleased with you. Never forget just how sacred your role is in advancing the Kingdom of God. For you are literally changing the world one snuggle at a time.