I was recently reading survey results about the common struggles of a stay-at-home mom, and right at the top of the list was this little problem. We’re good moms, we work constantly, we’re worn out, and sometimes we feel a bit taken for granted.
A lot of us go through life, especially as a mom, feeling unappreciated and unseen. It’s just all too easy to focus on the work we do and the sacrifices we make. Sometimes I feel like remembering who I am is such a battle that I have to really fight to find myself. I drink up those moments where I find the chance to color in my Bible (it’s a new hobby!) or write a few words for my blog, or watch a little mindless TV while I fold laundry. (What would I do without Cedar Cove?)
I savor those moments, not because I’m not enjoying my life, but because I don’t want to become bitter. My life is Mom Life with a capital M and L, and I don’t want it to feel like I’m swimming in an endless sea of home and diaper management. I have that deep desire to be known and appreciated too.
Sarah Mae writes in Desperate (one of my favorite books!)
…being the mama I wanted to be wasn’t so much about being more but believing more; believing and trusting more in the God of Hagar and Ruth and Hannah, the God who sees me, who nourishes me, who hears me and answers.
That’s what I want to remember, and it’s what I want you to remember, too. You’re seen and known, and God’s giving you a standing ovation. Your work, as menial and mundane as it can feel, is important to God. What you do has immense value.
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Verses are in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
God Appreciates You and Knows You
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
Psalm 128:2, ESV
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
Proverbs 5:21, NLT
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22, NLT
The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
Proverbs 20:7, NLT
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
1 Corinthians 15:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10, NIV
I hope you feel encouraged today as you work and care for your family.
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