There are times when I wonder if I am doing all of this right. You know, being a mother and a wife. Some days I have to ask myself (and complain a little)..."Is this what I signed up for?" The cleaning, clothes washing, cooking, more cleaning, bath time, more clothes washing...
Yes it can be exhausting after working all day and giving 100% to the students I teach. There are days that I feel drained and just want to come home, get on the couch and not move.
But then I am reminded, with a sweet hug and kiss from a precious little boy, this is what I signed up for! I do all of those routine, boring, never-ending things because that is what God called me to do as a mother and a wife. I have been reading Proverbs 31 to help remind me of my role and what is honoring to God. I have to recite this sometimes because life can be hard and being a mother and wife can be hard!
Proverbs 31:10-31 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate
So what I have to remind myself is this...It is an honor to do all of those things that I don't love to do some days. The Lord has blessed me with a husband and a son; He is allowing me to take care of them for a short time. This life with them will not last forever and I pray that I do everything for them (even if it is washing poop out of shorts) with a grateful heart. The Lord has put me in this position for a purpose and I pray that I will glorify Him with it. I pray that one day the Lord will say that I have fulfilled my purpose and lived out Proverbs 31.
My prayer for you - if you are a wife or mother or both - That you would read it daily and remind yourself that what you do for your family glorifies Him! I pray that you would find encouragement in these verses and live them out daily! If you are not a wife or mother yet - pray these verses anyways. Pray that when you do marry and have children, that you will be ready to live out Proverbs 31.
Thanks for letting me share my heart for a moment!
I will leave you with a recent picture of my two boys ! I am thankful that the Lord allows me to serve them!
We went to feed the fish this evening at our family pond! We love living in the country!