Motherhood Is Like Serving Your Guts Out All Day, Every Day

Word On Wednesday

Motherhood is essentially the continual pouring out of one’s self every. single. day.

Sometimes I am ok with this and other times it feels like I am trying to swallow a pill the size of an egg.

I am sure there are plenty of days when you (much like me) have asked…
“Is this really what I signed up for?”
“Is this really my life?”
“How the heck did I get here?”
“Will the dishes/laundry/soap scum ever stop?”

Girls, I have some good news for you in your thankless endeavor. That whole serving and selfless thing… Jesus is all about it!
In fact, He said, “If anyone wants to be the first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Boom! #winning
We have got this serving thing in the bag, first will be all ours and almost by default!!
(head thrown back while laughing wickedly )

Well, not so fast and not so easy… Jesus is a smart fella and will not accept subpar service.

First, he loves us and does not want us to be doormats. We are not to be subservient. We are not to be treated as the hired help. This is another issue for another day… but for now, just know that we are to teach our family respect and independence all the while serving our guts out.

Secondly, we are to serve well and with the right heart. When we are serving and caring for our people we have to be careful not to expect anything in return.

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”

If you were to keep this “doing work for God” perspective…
How differently would you do your daily chores?
Would you read that extra story at bedtime?
Would you still grumble about the never ending laundry?

I can be so guilty of lacking that joyful heart. I am continually reminding myself to find the joy in each circumstance.

So Mamas, today I want to encourage you to serve your guts out, for the right reasons, and with the right heart… all the while embracing the season you are in.

(sigh)

Time to joyfully go fold the 2 loads of laundry on the couch and do the dishes.
Maybe I will crank up some music…

Do you ever struggle with finding the joy in your tasks?
How do you feel about those verses I referenced?

Do you have any tips on keeping the joy?
(Not trying to sound holier than thou but… Sometimes I try to say a quick prayer the person who belongs to the garment I am folding or whomever used the bowl I am washing. It seems to work…)

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Motherhood Is Like Serving Your Guts Out All Day, Every Day

  1. Great post! I was just saying to my husband the other night when he caught me outside eating my B-dubs wings by myself…”You know honey, I’m just alittle overwhelmed with the 4 kids being home all day, every day, 6 weeks into summer…it’s soooo loud!!!” Haha! Summers are NOT a break for me…sure I don’t have to get up so early and the schedule gets thrown out the window, but they are home ALL the time and constantly asking me what we should do today and the eating!!! Holy cow!!! Plus, I don’t really take care of myself either. There is alittle more breathing room during the school year for that 🙂 My personality leans towards the doormat, I’m working on that 😉 Kids can be thankless and demanding. But I’ve gotten a different perspective recently…my oldest will be a junior! It hit me and my husband hard that very soon our family dynamic will change, yet again. The next phase…da da da…and this one leaves us down a child! What!!! You mean those mentor mom’s were right!!?? “It goes sooo fast, honey, enjoy every minute.” It’s actually true!
    And although I don’t want to go back to diapers, nap time and car seats, I do want to stay in this phase longer…pretty please?
    So all this long-windedness to say…the clock is ticking and it seems to be going faster and faster. I love (most of the time) to serve my husband and kids and I relish in every minute. Because soon my first born will be off on her own and then 2, 3 and 4. I know as a career stay at home mom that I will miss these days and long for the time they were all home around the table 🙂
    Bless you Christen!
    PS. My husband said to go out on my own for awhile he takes care if things…anyone want to join me? 😉