Sherri looked at her house. It was 3:30 p.m. In 90 minutes, Tim would be home.
The house was carpeted wall-to-wall in toys.
Aaron, the baby, was running a fever and demanded to be held constantly.
Juli came home from school coughing and running a fever. Sherri gave her some Tylenol and tucked her into bed, but Juli called every 2 minutes with some need.
Thankfully the boys were content outside playing.
Sherri hadn’t showered yet.
Dinner wasn’t even started. Truthfully, she had no idea what to fix.
As she stood in the hallway, Aaron’s head against her collarbone, Sherri felt exhausted. The day had been tough; now, with two kids sick, it looked like it would be a long night too.
Turning, Sherri moved toward the kitchen, patting Aaron’s back as he whimpered in his sleep. “Poor little guy,” she thought. “Think we’ll have brinner—breakfast for dinner—tonight. Pancakes are always good. And I can do it one-handed if necessary.”
You’re a beautiful mom, doing a great job, and you’re so loved!
I received this message on Facebook today from my dear aunt. Beautiful words of encouragement:
“I nominate you for the Most loving and prettiest Mom Award… Sometimes u just need to hear it … You’re a beautiful mom, doing a great job and you’re so loved!…”
On days like Sherri’s, however, if someone said that to you or me, we wouldn’t believe it. But it’s true.
Circumstances do not change who you are. You are a great mom. Your children love you and believe in you because you are their mom.
The toys that redecorate your house will be put away before bedtime. Scattered toys don’t define who you are.
You haven’t showered? Oh well. Being perfectly presentable doesn’t define who you are.
Pancakes for dinner? Yum! Your kids are fed. That’s what’s important. Your culinary skills do not define who you are.
The baby is feverish, and you’ve spent the day soothing him. You are a great, compassionate mom.
Your daughter isn’t feeling well, and you are meeting her needs. You are a wonderful, loving mom.
You’ve done nothing today but care for sick children. Kudos! You are fulfilling your divine role as a mom. At this moment, you are “Jesus with skin on” for your children.
Did you know that the Father describes His comfort for you and me as that of a mother’s comfort?
Isaiah 66:13 says, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…”
Therefore, if our Heavenly Father, the Supreme Creator of the Universe, equates the way He comforts and loves us to that of a mother, I believe your mothering is divine work.
You’re a beautiful mom doing an extraordinary job, and you’re so loved!
Your children are your living legacy.
You are changing the world, one little heartbeat at a time.
Well done, Momma! Be encouraged.
How have you changed the world today? I’d love to hear about it so I can celebrate with you. Leave a comment below.