Many mothers I’ve talked to struggle with the day to day work of motherhood. Everyday minute of every day caring for the infant.
Everyday surrounded by the needs of a toddler.
Everyday running children from this thing to that thing, preparing dinner, working, cleaning the house, and so on.
I know that many mothers struggle because they don’t feel that they can live up to the image of the perfect mother. Mothers think they should be able to do all these things and still have time to entertain a few guest, host a small group, lead a Sunday school class, and be an attentive wife.
Take heart mom. Sure there is the image of the Proverbs 31 woman, but in the New Testament we see mothers receiving a different kind of commendation as Paul acknowledges the work of his mother and grandmother:
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 1 Timothy 1:5
Mothers take heart. Your work is valuable, but the most important thing you do today is to live your life faithfully. You are free to not be the perfect mother. Skip some of the extra event. It’s OK if you are tired of your preschoolers at the end of the day. It’s alright to not have enough energy to volunteer at the kids school. Say “no” to some of those things. And remember that the faithful life is a life lived in trust that God will work through you even when you don’t feel perfect.
Happy Mother’s Day!