Dear Tired Mama...
I see your messy mom bun, yoga pants, and sunglasses to hide your sleepy face.
I see you struggling with your toddler to get him buckled into his car seat.
I see your frustration as you child throws a temper tantrum in public.
I see you in the grocery store reading labels, trying to make wise choices while your children are pulling at your sweater demanding a snack.
I see you wondering if this day to day “mom-life” is even making a difference.
Sometimes feelings of insignificance creep into our thoughts. The day to day tasks can wear us down, and make us feel like what we are doing is so small in comparison to others. We tend to let our minds wonder and we dream of all the big things we can do for God. We see other people going on missions trips, speaking to a crowd of thousands, writing best-selling books, starting ministries, and baptizing people. And then our thoughts of insignificance creep in.
“I’m not doing any of that”, we whisper. “I wish I could do that.” We know what we are doing is important, but it feels so insignificant.
Let me tell you this.
You are significant.
As moms, we can get lost in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our kids cling to us, our husbands need us, and the outside world demands from us. The dreams and passions we once had can get pushed to the back burner and sometimes never touched again. We start looking for God’s purpose in our lives, but all we find is a goldfish in the couch.
Could it be that we are missing the presence of God because we are looking for Him in the big things, but He has been right there in the small things?
God knows our hearts. He knows who we are deep down to our core. He knew exactly what kind of mommy your kids needed, so He blessed them to you. He asked you to carry them, love them, raise them, nurture them, and teach them truth and love.
You see, God created moms to do one of the hardest jobs in the world. There’s no pay, long hours, and sometimes no appreciation shown. He also gave us one of the most important jobs in the world. He called us to “train up a child in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6). You may not have ever thought of it this way, but the great commission applies to us in our homes, with our children. Traveling the world is not the only way to carry out the great commission.
God promises that as we shine light into this world (and that includes our kids) we will know that our labor will not be in vain (Philippians 2:12-16).
So precious mommy, as you hurry your kids off to school, clean up another mess, or fold that mountain of laundry, remember to keep shining His light. You have one of the most significant jobs in the world. His presence is everywhere if we are willing to open our eyes and see Him.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth. Acts 1:8
In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16