This is me and my adorable crew about 10 years ago. This is when my 4 kids were all 5 years old and under. Don’t I look tired?
I was hanging out at the park with a mom friend yesterday. Her 3 kids are 6 under. Watching her with her sweet little ones always reminds me of how important motherhood is. She is a great mom, daily pouring out her love for her children, her husband, and the Lord in the mundane things of motherhood.
Proverbs 31:27-29 (NIV) says, She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
One thing that I know from experience, is that most young moms DO NOT EAT THE BREAD OF IDLENESS (I mean, I guess one can dream…😂). Having small children can be busy and exhausting.
I fully admit that when my kids were little, I was in complete survival mode. I was learning how to be a wife, a mom, to cook, to clean, to be a pastor’s wife, and more things. I was sleep deprived for years. I was also pregnant or nursing (or both) for about 6 years straight.
There were so many days (if not every day) that I honestly had to wonder, “What am I doing with my life? Is anything I am doing worth it? Am I making a difference in my kids lives?”
And to all the moms with little ones, I want to encourage you, “YES! What you are doing truly matters!”
The love, the care, the nurture, the sacrifice, the discipline you are instilling in your kids is immeasurable. That’s why the day to day can be so challenging. You can’t necessarily see the fruit yet, but it’s coming!
When my kids were little, I used to think, “Lord, if I could just see some real fruit daily from my labors, I would know this is all worth it…” But that’s the hard part, as a young mom, you often don’t. It’s in this season of my life that the Lord encouraged my weary, sleep-deprived heart with the idea of a fruit tree.
Some things I learned about fruit trees:
A fruit tree takes 2-5 years to start bearing fruit.
It takes many things for a fruit tree to grow and thrive: Proper watering, sunlight, fertilizer, mulch, enough space to grow, pruning…and TIME!
If it takes this much care in order to grow a simple fruit tree, how much more work will it take to help produce a healthy human being?
I know the day to day tasks in life can seem boring and draining some days, but don’t lose heart! Cooking another meal, nursing your infant again, kissing a child’s scraped knee, reading another story, correcting them when they are being mean to a sibling, the list is endless.
All of these things are nurturing their precious hearts, minds, and bodies and are so important!
I am blessed to see some fruit in each of my kids in this season of motherhood, and it’s so encouraging. I am seeing my beautiful kiddos turning into some really awesome people and I am so thankful that I didn’t give up in my efforts when they were little.
Moms, the daily, mundane things that you are sowing into your families will indeed reap a beautiful harvest one day…please receive this encouragement into your hearts and don’t give up!💜
(Photo credit: Logan Rojas)