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“But the mother’s yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.” – George Eliot

A word of encouragement, I hope.

There are many daybreaks to sun downs when I feel like a 6’ wide vehicle trying to make a complete turnaround in a 6 1/2’ wide space…back up, turn to the right, ease forward, back up again. It just feels like I am getting nowhere. I exist in a world where my children occupy every frontier of my existence.  I stay at home with them and cherish the blessing to do so. Although, in return, there is complete dictatorship of everything that is myself by two little towheads, always ready to snuggle. That is pretty much the sum of the equation stay+at+home+mommy.

But now I am going to backpedal just a bit. I wouldn’t trade my occupation for any other underneath our sun. Any sacrifice I must make is worthy of what I give and a thousand times more. The raising of my children is a holy calling and how I instruct them is a great responsibility. I must strive mightily and ask the Lord daily to help me teach them what is worth learning, “Forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck (Proverbs 1:8-9).”

With that regression, I must continue by saying that although I am assured of the importance of my calling, there are times that I doubt it. I wonder if you feel the same about your duties as a mother?

I often allow myself to be sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and self doubt as I compare myself to others and begin to wish that my life amounted to something more…something more important. After all, what am I accomplishing here? I don’t have a career outside my home. I am not building anything. I am not successfully running a business and for myself, I wish that I could complete that Master’s I’ve always dreamed of.  What is your “something more”?

God has called us all separately and individually.  “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Cor. 4:7)” . So my desire here is not to take away from the life pursuit of anyone. “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1Cr. 3:7)” Only let your pursuits be from God and mediate any actions that draw you away from a relationship with Him and gratify only you. I hope that is not too harsh. I do not mean it to be, nor to pass judgment.

And for that hopeful word of encouragement:

As mothers, it is sometimes difficult to see the fruits of our labor. Because often the process that brings forth those fruits can be pretty ugly, it might look like a screaming child or a messy house. Rarely will we receive praise and encouragement for all of our hard work. I wonder if you are feeling underappreciated today? If so, consider this, I once read that it is possible God sometimes withholds encouragement and praise from people in order for us to seek encouragement; to find satisfaction in Him. Oswald Chambers thought the same, “Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him.”

So today, let’s not compare ourselves to one another. Let’s not waste time yearning for a life different from what we have been given. Instead, bring glory to God by completing the tasks he has given us joyfully…completing them well. Because, “(Our) work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work (1 Cr 3:13).”

If you are seeking something more than what you have, seek Him.

“Seek and you shall find.”

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The decorations, food and gifts looked so pretty!

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Since I can’t decorate a cake to save my life (you should have seen last year’s Mickey Mouse disaster!) I bought a $10 re-usable cupcake tier and these super cute cupcake decorations. I thought it turned out so pretty!

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She was all grins and adorableness for her Princess Birthday!

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Oh the pink colored sugar overload!

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Dean got in on the pink cupcake eating action, boy style!

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