Don’t grow weary mamas

Note from Kat: This post is from my friend and monthly contributor Liz Griffin. Go check out her blog. Good stuff.

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my sick little boy and his emergency vehicles taking a nap

Sniff, sniff. Cough, sneeze, moan. These were the sounds echoing through the doctor’s waiting room yesterday. I was just in there for a check up but was terrified that I’d leave with the flu. I hate the flu. Well, I take that back. If it is mild then small retreat of privacy I get in my room is actually kind of nice for a few days. Its when my kids get the flu that I freak.

My son got a stomach bug not too long ago. We were out of town ( of course ) and it hit hard. I was sitting in the bedroom with him doing what I could to make him comfortable and of course holding the big silver bowl to his face when he got sick to his stomach. I’d wipe his face off and try to rock him till the next bout of upset stomach came.

At about 2am I was pretty much over it. The tender wiping of his face to clean it off got a bit more lax. He was going to throw up again in about 5 minutes, so what was the point? Plus, I was so tired by now. Hours of wiping, washing, rocking and trying unsuccessfully to get liquids to stay down.

I thought to myself, “I could stop here. No one will know if I wipe his face off entirely. Certainly Tait wouldn’t care at this point if he is in a clean shirt or not.”  I just didn’t want to do it anymore.

I find myself feeling this way a lot. Not wanting to fold the laundry…we can just pull it out of the basket when we need it right? Why do I need to clean the kids table when it will get dirty again in an hour at lunch? Who cares if I organize the kids toys? They will be a total mess again tomorrow.

I think God knew that we moms will feel this way from time to time.

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

God didn’t have to tell me not to grow weary going on vacation. Or don’t get weary pursuing my own ambitions. Don’t get weary going shopping…no, He knew that doing good can be exhausting. It can be monotonous. It takes a long time.

That’s where the don’t give up part comes in. Doing good gets boring and uneventful. We want to chase shiny and glittery things instead. Like visiting Anthropologie instead of washing clothes…it smells so good in Anthropologie.

I came a cross this quote the other day and I think its pretty awesome.

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How perfect is that for us moms? All the questions we answer, clothes we fold, meals we cook and things we teach are important. Our doing them a thousand times a month doesn’t diminish their value or significance.

Don’t get tired of doing good and don’t give up. When you wipe your kids nose for the twentieth time remember that you are actually giving dignity to another human.

Providing people with clean clothes and clean living spaces is uplifting to humanity. Coming home from work and being willing to jump into your kid’s homework is giving dignity to those little people.

If you are feeling a little weary today, remember that what you do matters. Who you are as a mom gives dignity to others. Today, you can dominate the laundry room and the homework pile. It’s like Kat always says. You’re a mom and you’re kind of a big deal.

20130218-193106.jpg Elizabeth is a church planter, speaker, writer and naptime abolitionist. She    lives in Texas with her husband and two little kids. Her other hobbies include wasting time on social media, trying to remember where she parked her car & browsing Pinterest for DIY projects she will never actually make. You can visit her over at Lark & Bloom or on Twitter @larkandbloom.

Comments

  1. Beautiful truth. Needed this today. Thank you, Liz. Thank you, Kat.

  2. I love that quote from Martin Luther King. It’s so easy to feel like what we do as moms is not important. But we are uplifting humanity. It’s such a great way to look at it.

    • When I found that quote from MLK Jr. a few years ago it was like a breath of fresh air. Glad you liked it Colleen! Thanks for doing what you do as a mom.

  3. Awesome post. I needed that today…. well… this week really.

  4. Thanks! My kids are teenagers and I STILL need to hear it. One day they will “rise up and call me blessed”. Proverbs 21:28 ;)

  5. Liz, Wow. You called me out girl. :) That paragraph about “why should I fold the laundry and put it away? We can just pull it out of the basket when we need it…why should I wipe down the table when it will just get messy again in a few hours?” I have spend years of my motherhood believing that it really doesn’t matter that much. I tell myself I’d rather spend the time playing with the kids or taking them places then doing monotonous things like that. After all, connecting with them matters more than a clean house, right? Then I read what you said. “Providing people with clean clothes and clean living spaces is uplifting to humanity.” And everything else you said. Wow. Just wanted you to know what you wrote really impacted me, I think enough that I will really make some changes. Even without the grumpy mumbles under my breath. I’m sure my husband will hunt you down and thank you someday…ha! For now, I’ll post this up as a reminder: Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
    Blessings to you.

    • Hey Natalie! Just want to clarify something – I am SO for spending more time with my kids than on my house. I just tended to ignore the boring stuff because I didn’t think it mattered at all. And I’m still a work in progress – there is a basket of clothes that has been sitting here for two days waiting to be folded. It’s all a balance and ultimately we only have them for a short while. So, when they want to snuggle, I put down the dishes. But if they are playing happily in the other room I hit the laundry. But, for the love, can’t someone invent a dryer that folds the laundry too???

  6. Wow, definitely needed to hear these words today. Thank you so much! Now, off to go fold some clothes and clean the floor with “painstaking excellence”!

  7. This was unbelievably well timed for me. Thank you for the encouragement.

  8. Kathy Ericksen says:

    Elizabeth thanks for sharing this truth. Inspiring and great love shown.

  9. Awesome! Needed that right this min!thank u

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