As I sit here this morning with my coffee and breakfast, I think about this day and what it means to me. It’s just an ordinary day. Not going anywhere, chores to do, etc. , but it’s how we as moms live out these “ordinary days” that make a lasting impression. My son just turned 5 – which is hard to believe! – and we are expecting another sweet little one in February, so I am not sure if it is hormones or just the fact that my little boy has reached this milestone of being “a whole hand” that has really got me to thinking about my role as a mom and my influence in our kids’ lives – daily!
Through the stresses and pressures of life at home: cleaning, teaching, being referee, cooking; the list goes on – I find myself lately more in reflection of what sort of image I portray to my family during those emotional times. Am I setting a good example? Am I letting Christ’s example of love and patience shine through during my frustration? So much to ponder! Those little eyes are watching every move, every attitude, and every response. How do I measure up?
One thing I know for sure is I must, must, must be in His word every day. I find myself losing perspective and slowly slipping into selfishness when I neglect my quiet time with the One who truly holds me together. Let’s face it moms, there have been moments where you want to open wide that front door and run screaming down the street – at least to the nearest Starbuck’s or Baskin Robbins! We all have those feelings of being overwhelmed. But with daily reading and praying and just plain being quiet and reflecting on who He is and what He wants in my life – I find those moments of madness seem to lesson little by little. Songs tend to help too. Sometimes I simply turn on the Praise and Worship music channel and let the lyrics soak in, basking in His goodness and peace.
Another necessity as a mom and wife, to me, is accountability. Surrounding yourself with a support group of sweet ladies who will hold you up before the Lord in prayer and encouragement is truly a gift. A church group, home Bible study, or just a girl’s night out is crucial to us ladies who need to know that we are not alone in our daily struggles and who need to release some of that steam. I am so thankful for friends who have been with me through thick and thin and continue to be such a sweet blessing. We wouldn’t survive without them!
So, as I drink the last drop from my mug and hear “Mom!” in the distance, I smile and think of a time when I longed to hear that simple word that means the world to me. I want to grab hold of each moment and cherish it – ordinary days and extraordinary moments. It is my desire to be like Jesus and let His light shine through me as I walk this walk of motherhood, marriage, and growing in faith. Let me encourage you to embrace the day and His tender mercies anew every morning – with a fresh desire to be like Him in your heart!Leave a Comment