Sometimes, being a Mother is difficult.
I know, I know. That is a pretty “Duh!” statement. If you are a mother, you know that there are times with your children that are trying, hard, and even, unbelievable!
This morning is one of those difficult times for me. I serve in our church nursery every other week, so on the off weeks, I really enjoy being able to sit in the service with my husband. I was very much looking forward to going to church today and having fellowship and worship with other believers. Yet, it is one of those Sundays when I have to put what I want aside.
Last night, Zoe started to not feel good. She could just whisper and she started to get a cough. Aliyah had that snotty nose that you knew was more than ‘just teething’. I myself was starting to get that tickling in the back of my throat that was letting me know I was getting sick. I was loading us up with a bunch of stuff hoping we would miraculously wake up this morning feeling better.
That means, I was slightly disappointed this morning to wake up being stuffed up and with a sore throat. Zoe still has her whispery voice, and Aliyah still has her snotty nose! And so, being a bit bummed, we have opted to stay home today. I really try to stay home when we are sick because I don’t want to get everyone else sick. You know how that goes.
So, this is a time when Motherhood is hard for me. I have to trade what I want to do for what is best for our family. Greg took Silas to church with him, and I am home with the rest of the children. And yes, I was definitely having a bit of a pity party for myself, however short lived it was. This is where the talk has to match the walk; because I’m one of those Moms who doesn’t appreciate when children go to church sick. This is where I need to be selfless instead of selfish. And let me tell you what. It’s hard! Even though I know it is the best, it is still hard to sit at home being sick, instead of go to church.
So, to all the Mother’s out there who know exactly what I’m talking about, take heart. You are not alone. The things you do for you family may go unnoticed by the world around you. But God sees your heart. He sees when you are giving up your wants and desires for what is best for your family. Even when its hard. Even when it isn’t really what you want to be doing. Even when you’d rather be doing something else!
My verse this year has been Galatians 6.9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” So, let us not lose heart, whatever your trial may be. Sick children, trying children, rebellious children, marital problems…. you fill in the blank. Keep doing good!
On the plus side, today we celebrate my son Silas’ 5th birthday! I’m feeling old! Isn’t he cute?
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