To the mama who cannot take one more day:
I get it. I’m there, too.
Every. Single. Day.
It’s the same ole story. Get up, clean, cook, laundry, work, school, sports, dinner, clean, bed.
Every. Single. Day.
There is no mention of how wonderful you are or how much you are appreciated. There’s no acknowledgement that you could be a CEO in some company by now if you had chosen the career path only, but you chose to have children and work/not work. And no one seems to care. You are disrespected, mistreated and disobeyed every day of your life by the little people you carried in your womb and brought into this world, but you keep going. Even when you feel like giving up. You keep moving forward. Motherhood can be the most unimportant feeling, and yet, it is the most important thing you will ever do with your life.
What is significant about raising a child in this world we live in?
Drive. Perseverance. Character. Your children will be different. They will know that mediocre is not good enough and taking short cuts is not the best way to achieve goals. They will know that telling the truth even when it’s hard is the best policy, and people will learn to trust their word because they can. They will learn that sacrifice is always worth it, and kindness goes a long way. They will remember the tears you shed in silence when you thought they couldn’t see you and never want to make their spouses or children feel that same way. They will remember God pulling on their hearts to bring them to Himself because of your teaching, molding, caring and loving. They will affect an entire generation because of the influence you had in their lives. When they are grown, they will understand the exact sacrifice it takes to give up certain dreams and aspirations to care for the very life they created. They will understand that their worth is not determined by the poop-stained shirt that is on their backs or the oatmeal that is stuck in their hair. They will know because of you. Because you chose to do better…be different…be a mother.
The strength of a mother knows no bounds. It knows no give up. It knows no walk away.
May you feel the peace that you are right where you are supposed to be, sweet mama. If you don’t hear it from all the people that matter to you most, may you hear it from the One who loves you the most:
Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”