I am a grateful Mom of three rambunctious, high-spirited, “never gonna stop ‘til they drop” boys ages 12, 9, and 8. Throughout my “Mommy-hood years,” I have SEEN a lot! I’ve seen messy rooms, dirty faces, wilting flowers lifted up to me in grimy, chubby little hands, and excuse the crassness but there has even been times I have even seen “do do” where “do do” should never EVER be! As Mom’s we see a lot! Welcome to the “Mommy Trenches”.
Moms also SAY a lot! My sister and I chuckle over what we entitled the “Things you should never have to say” list. We know when we have said something which qualifies to be on “the list” because we look at one another with a reassuring Mom look as if to say, “Yep…you did it. You said something no human being on the face of the planet should EVER have to say!” A few random examples are “Wipe the pee off the seat” (if you are a Mom of boys), “Don’t put your booger there, here’s a Kleenex!”, and my all-time favorite “No! Go back, you didn’t wipe good enough!
THE FRONT LINES
There are things that I have to DO each day to make sure that the house is running efficiently and ensure I am running a “tight camp”. (That is, as efficiently as one can run a camp with a banana peel stuck to your foot and a plastic Army man lodged in your toilet). After an exhaustive day of being in the Mommy trenches, I sometimes ask myself “What in the world am I on the front lines for?” Is this what God has called me to do?
HOPE FOR THE WEARY
Despite the utter frustration at times, despite the fifth toilet that I have cleaned, and still have laundry to fold, dinner to cook, a car pool, and in the meantime plunging the Army man out of the toilet….the answer to these heartfelt Mommy questions is a resounding “YES!” Listen closely Moms because this is important: There are things worth seeing, doing, and saying as Mommy’s today that have eternal value tomorrow and leaves a lasting touch on your children..
Five Promises God has for Mom’s in the Trenches:
1. Hold on! Help is on the way! His word says he will never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Romans 8:26 also reminds us: “the Spirit helps us in our weakness.”
2. Ask and you Shall Receive: If we only ask Him, He will provide all of our needs according to His riches (Philippians 4:19). I am not just talking material needs. I am talking about strength to get through the mundane of life to a full, more abundant life in Christ Jesus. God said that he sent His Son so that we may live life more abundantly (John 10:10).
3. FOR SUCH A TIME IS THIS: God Promises that there is a season for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Motherhood is a season. Plant the seeds of Life now and you and your children will reap the harvest later (Galatians 6:9)!
4. BLESS THE GIFT AND THE GIVER: God Promises to bless the faithful (Proverbs 28:20).
5. A REWARD: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE! God Promises an eternal reward in heaven (Matthew 5:12). Let’s face it, as Mom’s we don’t get too many gold medals around our neck moreover a gold crown. However, God promises a reward in heaven that is beyond all comprehension. Also, remember that our children are our reward here on earth (Psalm 127:3).
Each task you perform matters in the big picture. Most importantly, they matter to God! Daily routines may leave you feeling hopeless today, but you are breathing new life into your family and your children with each bit of proverbial “elbow grease” you can muster.
If you are a child of God, and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will stand before Him one day having traded in your oven mitt for a Gold Scepter, your toilet plunger for a crown! And most assuredly you will hear from Our heavenly Father, words that He is longing to SAY and we all have been longing to hear….”Well done, good and faithful servant, well done!