"Her children arise and call her blessed..."--Proverbs 31:28a
As this is the week before Mother's Day, I wanted to share some thoughts about the importance of being a mother. I will start off by saying that I did not always see things this way. You can even say that I am a late bloomer as a mother. When I grew up, I don't remember receiving any affirmation or encouragement to pursue motherhood as a full-time profession. Sure, I always dreamed of being a mommy someday, but it always seemed like it was secondary in relation to my "real" career.
I wanted to be honest with you up front about that, lest you think that I am a "Supermom" who has it all together. I am not. God has had to take me out of the "working world" and bring me home to realize that the most important things I do are not recognized, seen or given a salary. It has been a humbling journey but one that I am so glad that God has had me take. If I had to do it over again, I would only wish that I had given myself more wholeheartedly in my early days of mothering instead of wishing my kids would grow up so I could get into a "real" job. I think God has been gracious to me in giving us our third child in my "older years" so that I might be able to truly embrace what I had missed out on when I was a new mom.
And so, over the next week, I wanted to share with you five of my biggest lessons as a mom. They are by no means exhaustive, as I am learning more and more every day what a crucial role I play. It has been said that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." I don't know the whole context of that poem, but I do believe this is true. Even though my work may go unnoticed by the world at large, God has worked it out so that I have an immense impact on what happens in this world, and all from my little corner of it.
Dear friend, if you have every wondered if the mundane, ordinary things we do as mothers every day makes any difference (and trust me, I have had those days!), I hope you will join me this week. I pray that as you do, you will realize what a precious and vital role you play in the kingdom of God.