A sweet and wise older mother, Therese Engle, said something to me once that has impacted my heart and reaffirmed the importance of my role as mother over and over again throughout the years. I can’t remember the exact words she used, but the gist of her words were this: “My husband has authored many books. I haven’t written any books, except my children. They are my books.” Isn’t this a beautiful and profound thought?
As a mother of 7 children, she may have never had the time to write a physical book to be published yet. But countless hours have been spent pouring into her beautiful family. The story of her life is written in each unique person that she has raised.
Whether you are a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a homeschool mom, I pray today that you know how valuable your role is as a mom. God loves you! He gave us such a unique gift in each of our children. What we invest into our kids each day has the potential to last not just here on earth, but for eternity. Isn’t that amazing and scary all at the same time? 😳
When my kids were little (like 4 kids that were 5 years old and under), life was really difficult. I was tired, cranky, and really tired. Did I say that I was tired? Once I remember having a really rough day. My second son was around 2-3 and was barely making sentences and out of nowhere, he grabbed my leg and said very articulately, “MOM! I NEED YOU!” It shocked me at first, but I felt like the Lord was speaking through him to re-align my heart.
The monotony of motherhood was really taxing me. You pour and pour into your kids and you see minimal fruit. Sometimes it takes years and years to see if what we are doing has any impact. But I encourage every mom reading this (including myself) that what we are doing absolutely matters. Don’t lose heart. Have faith that what we are sowing into our kids will indeed one day bear much fruit!