It’s late, the kids are in bed. The husband is relaxing, as should be done at 9pm on a weeknight. You? You’re in the kitchen, still cleaning the dishes. Prepping breakfast for the next day. Packing lunches. Making sure you have everything you need for the next night’s dinner.
There are 2 baskets of laundry, sitting unfolded. Your husband has no socks and your son is missing a shirt for school spirit day tomorrow. You would love a hot bath and a glass of wine, but instead you sit, painstakingly folding each piece. You wonder how so few people can dirty up so many clothes.
You go to bed tired. Thinking about the to-do list for the next day. It’s eerily similar to today. Cooking, cleaning, diaper changes, school pick-up. You don’t get a break before 9 or after 5. You have no weekends or holidays off, and yet you choose to have this job. They say it’s the best job in the world, although sometimes, you wonder how that can be said so often.
It’s hard work, this thing called motherhood. It’s not often appreciated and as much as I’d like it to be, it isn’t glamorous. But that hard work matters. You matter. You’re needed more than you get credit for and probably more than you’ll ever know. Your purpose lies in the commitment to be what God made you to be:
I needed to read that quote today. To remember that my purpose isn’t found in the praising words of people. That I don’t need my ego stroked to know who I am and what I’m here for.
I’m doing the very thing I’m called in life to do.
I’m raising boys to love God, to do good and to be kind. I am, on a daily basis, shaping lives that can change the world. That is what I call purpose.
Kaitlyn Bird says
I loved reading this post today! Exactly what I needed after having a few days like you're talking about!
Love this! Great post!
Meg O. says
Love that quote and love this post. I really needed that today, as well.
Lindsey Let the Light Shine Blog says
This is my favorite post on your blog. Ever. <3
Jaclyn @ Haute Granola says
This is such a great post. Mothering isn't glamorous, and the reason it doesn't pay is because no one could afford it.
It's a labor of love, and I'm loving every minute of it.
Jessica aka Mommy says
I've been having some serious 'ground hog' days, as I like to call them…feeling like I'm just going through the motions and with no purpose. I just told my husband last night that I needed some excitement in my life…HA! Motherhood is THE most exhausting job but THE most rewarding. I needed to read this today…thank you! Sometimes it easy to think that you're the only one feeling like this…
Amen, sista! 🙂 Beautifully written and I needed to hear that this week! Thanks for the encouragement!
I was just telling Curtis how Chase will ask me what I'm doing like "washing my clothes mama?" And then he says thanks! It's the cutest thing that he appreciates me doing his laundry or washing the dishes.
Amen! I needed to read that this morning. Really puts things in perspective. Thanks Molly!