Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hey, Mom!


Hey, Mom!

I know you hear that countless times a day.  Sometimes, you want to just ignore it (and, if you're like me, sometimes you do).

But, I think this time, you may want to listen.

Hey, Mom!

You're doing a great job.  

You probably don't believe that.  On your best day, you may think you are doing an "ok" job.  Most days, you probably wonder why God even gave you children.  Or, why did He give YOU to your children.

Am I the only one who has ever thought that?  "Lord, why are my children tormented with me as their mother?"

But, God chose YOU for them.  And you, even while you doubt, are doing a great job.  How do I know?

You are worried.  You are stressed.  You are running fifty different directions - sometimes physically, sometimes mentally.  And why?  For your family.  You want to take care of them.  You want to keep them healthy.  You want them to be happy.  You want them to be independent, strong members of society - even if they are only just two years old today.  You just know that whether you feed them homemade mac & cheese or boxed mac & cheese will determine their entire future.  Only moms know this stuff.  No one else cares like mom.  YOU care.  And, you are doing a great job.

Hey, Mom!

God sees you and He is loving you.

He is rejoicing in your victory of not screaming at your child over the marker on the wall.

If you're like me, you did, indeed, scream and God is holding you as you cry over yet another failure.

He sees you running around the kitchen trying to get dinner fixed before the kids start another argument.  He's holding you up - that's why you aren't falling into a heap.

He hears you telling your daughter, yet again, to pick up her room.  He smiles slightly as you come closer to understanding what He goes through with you.  He's not vengeful, just hopeful that this will give Him a closer relationship with you.

Hey, Mom!

The one who doesn't think she is pretty enough for her husband at the end of a busy day with toddlers...

The one who passes her wedding portrait on the way to put laundry away and pauses a moment to wonder where that girl with the romance in her eyes went....

The one who tries to repair her teenage daughter's broken heart over a lost friend...

The one who sits in the hospital with a child recovering from surgery...

The one who has just ordered pizza for dinner for the third time this month...

The one who just looked at the scale and has no idea how she's going to lose those ten pounds...

The one who agonizes over her son's future...

The one who is balancing school and/or career with motherhood....

The one whose 3 year old just had a full-blown tantrum in the grocery store...

The one who relives that one mistake over and over again...

The one who goes to bed dreading tomorrow...

The one who is homeschooling her children but wonders if they really are better off...

The one who is not only caring for children and husband, but for aging parents and grandparents...

The one who stays busy so as not to have time to face the inner torments....

Hey, Mom!

Yeah...YOU...

God loves you and He is right there with you.
                   
You're doing a great job.
                                                  
You're beautiful in all that crazy mom busy-ness.  
                                                                                                                         
It's going to be OK!

3 comments:

Emily said...

Great post... really needed to hear some of those words today. Thank you!

Emily said...

Great post... really needed to hear some of those words today. Thank you!

Gail at Stillmeadow Farm said...

Yes. I hear you. I understand. And God's response? God's perspective? I need that.
Thank you for this!