When I was growing up, my Mom worked a lot. She was a hair dresser during the day and waited tables at night. Sometimes, she had three jobs.
It was what it was.
And for me, I’m letting go of this idea that just because life isn’t going my way, my children aren’t perfect, there are meals to be cooked and laundry to be washed and folded in the midst of growing hearts into adults (that I pray love the Lord), that being a Mom is hard.
Now, I’m not saying being a Mom is easy. Please don’t hear me saying that. But, being a Mom isn’t about ‘being easy’. It’s about laying down our lives, helping our husbands and growing our children.
Being a Mom is about serving the ones we love and teaching them diligently.
Being a Mom is about getting on our knees and praying daily that God will give us exactly what we need to raise our children into adults who are not lukewarm in their love for Him.
Oh, just think about it, Mom. We can be the helper and serve our family, just as Jesus helped God and served Him daily. It’s all about the way we approach being a Mom!
The way we think impacts our hearts. TRULY! If we get up every morning dreading the day, we will not live the day in a way that glorifies God. Instead, we will stumble through the moments in despair and defeat. But, as children of God, we are called to walk in freedom, love, grace and mercy. We are to serve others and place ourselves last. Through doing that, we are setting a beautiful example to our children.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil. 4:8
It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity of the world. If you read book after book (or blog post after blog post) about how hard life is, how hard being a mom is, how hard being a working mom is, how hard being a stay at home mom is, how hard anything is, you will remain stuck there.
And if we constantly write about it, what seeds will we be planting in the hearts of your children? If and/or when they read our words, will they think we are blaming them for the problems in our lives? What are we saying to God if we are constantly complaining about our life, husband, children, friends, etc?
Yes, life is hard. That will never change until Jesus returns. It’s hard because we are sinful and we live in a sinful world. It isn’t hard just because you are (or aren’t) a mother.
Let’s start picking up the phones and calling friends. Share life together. Seek help without complaining. Remember, we aren’t here to wallow around in the muck and mire the world has to offer with it’s negativity. We are children of the One True King! He has paid the ultimate price for us and it is glorious!
If you’re having a bad day –
- PRAY. Pray FIRST and foremost. And then Praise the Lord through songs of hymns and praise.
- Then, pick up your Bible. Quench your thirst with the Living Water of God!
- And if you need to after that, call a friend and ask them for prayers. But, never start with a friend first. Always start with God…
And let’s stop saying being a mom is hard. Let’s lift our children up and let them know we are blessed to have them in our lives! Let’s reflect the beauty of what Mary did when she accepted her role as Mother of our Savior. Her life was not easy, but she knew our Heavenly Father had given her the task of raising His son. Likewise, we are given the task to raise His adopted children. Let’s do so with the grace, perseverance and servant attitude Mary had.
Have you had a godly woman show you how to stop saying being a Mom is hard?
For those visiting from a blog or who happened to stumble upon this post, you can find part two: Why Being a Mom Isn’t hard HEREPlease note, this post contains affiliate links. See disclosure for full information