In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to republish this article about finding contentment and knowing that every little thing that mom’s do make a difference. So, if you are feeling weary or heavy hearted this might be something good to read today! This was originally published last summer.
I have been a stay at home mom for nearly 4 years now. My oldest is turning 3 but I was home for that entire pregnancy. Over the course of those years, I’ve struggled, debated and wondered more days than I’d like to admit if I should go back to work. Why? Because this stay at home mom thing is hard and lunch breaks are never guaranteed! And also, because I really didn’t think I was very good at it. And then I admit, a small part of me thought, “this is why I have 2 degrees”?
But God has been working on my heart and showing me I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that being a stay at home mom is for everyone or that everyone should do it. I am NOT saying that. I’m just saying that for ME, I have found my place for this season of my life. I have found contentment.
Have you heard the new Steven Curtis Chapman song? If not, you really should go listen. You can hear the full version of “Do Everything” here. I promise you’ll be encouraged and find new joy in being the keeper of the cheerios. What I do matters.
And I found this blog post really encouraging as I was reminded to be still and realize God does important work from sick beds and stay at home moms.
I think I had forgotten how important what I do is until I saw it not being done.I went to Target this week and noticed a dad (I guess) and daughter getting out of their car and walking across the parking lot. The little girl maybe about 5 was trailing behind the man with her teddy bear as the man busily texted on his phone ahead of her. He didn’t hold her hand. He didn’t make sure there were no cars coming. He didn’t watch her at all. He didn’t even talk to her. I drove cautiously in my SUV in fear that she would run from him all the while wanting to shout to him, “Hold her Hand!”
It matters. A good morning hug, reading books, singing together, baking cookies…….It all matters. Our children are watching and learning. Baking cookies is so much more than a sweet treat. Kids learn task completion, measurements and how to follow instructions just by baking together.
I’m not sure where you are at in your journey. Maybe you have just become a stay at home mom or have been for years. Wherever you are, I encourage you to know that you do make a difference. What you do matters.