The Hard Work of Motherhood

The Hard Work of Motherhood

“Motherhood isn’t easy. You have to work really hard.” –Sally Clarkson

When I first heard those words, it’s like a light bulb came on for me. Motherhood IS hard work. All this time I have been trying to make it easier instead of leaning in to the calling God has placed on my life.

The pages of the Bible describe men and women God used in mighty ways. They were often unsuspecting heroes in God’s Story. All of them imperfect, but each of them, asked to do hard things. Sometimes they were asked to do what seemed like impossible things.

Abraham left his hometown.

Moses confronted Pharaoh.

David fought a giant.

The disciples left behind businesses, friends, and even family.

The list goes on, but you get the point – following God’s calling is not easy. Motherhood is no different.

We live in a culture that highly values comfort, simplicity, and ease. We want a method. We think we MUST be doing something wrong because it shouldn’t be THIS hard. It’s tempting at times, to lose heart and perspective. Though motherhood isn’t easy, it is worth it.

The Christian life in general, and motherhood in particular, is a call to endure, even when it’s not easy. But this is not a hopeless and helpless trudging through life. God always gives us hope in the middle of hard things. As I think about motherhood, I am reminded of what God offers to us as we seek to be faithful.

1. God gives us His presence. The writer of Hebrews reminds us of this great truth. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” In the hard things and hidden places of motherhood, God is present. He is with you and for you. He doesn’t just give you the calling to be parent; God gives you the comfort of His presence.

2. God gives us a promise. While originally a promise to the church in Galatia, the application can be made to pressing on as moms. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Did you catch that? Paul says, “We will reap a harvest.” You might not be able to see it now, but all of the hard work produces a harvest.

Motherhood isn’t easy friends! Don’t grow weary; the work will be worth it. God gives you His presence and a promise. May His grace give you all you need in Christ to press on in the calling of motherhood. And may the hard work lead to a harvest of world changing, kingdom conquering, Jesus loving giants of the faith!


Ruth Schwenk, The Better Mom

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  1. Stacey says

    “God always gives us hope in the middle of hard things.” Exactly what this post is too me today. This very day I said to my husband “What am I doing wrong? This never used to be so hard!” And although it’s a thought that crosses my mind from time to time, the feeling of wanting to give up homeschooling my six young children was very strong today. And then that verse was brought to mind ( while I was hiding myself in the bathroom crying my little heart out ) “Do not become weary…” Bless you for seconding it ;-) God has truly used you today :-)

  2. says

    Yes :)

    Good, sweet words for me this morning.

    Coming off of Sally’s AWESOME conference last night – what a perfect post to read to start my day.

    Lord, show us that You are indeed present and equipping us for the mighty task of motherhood today!

    Kate :)

  3. says

    I am always at war with my sloth and comfort-desire in this work. Every. Single. Day. Thank you for the Biblical encouragement and reminder to look to our Good God for all we need in our work as moms!

  4. says

    Thanks for the encouragement Ruth, what apt words today as I seek to “press in” to the hard work and not take the easy roads. My little ones deserve more than leftovers or scanty portions. I want them to feast on God and on joy, and it is my calling to provide examples and opportunities for that to happen. God is seeing to it that I don’t forget that today!

  5. says

    Yes, Ms. Ruth, mothering is a 24 hours, year round job and it is so true that we live in a world that allows us to feel like we are doing something wrong if raising our children don’t come complete with wrapping paper and a perfect bow.

    God told us to leave everything at His feet, even the way we mother and train our children. Thank for the Bible verses, they are a reminder of God’s awesome power and love. The Bible as all the answers we just have to pray for wisdom and insight to see them.

    Peace to you.

    • Jen says

      I love what you said about the Bible having all the answers and us just having to pray… That is sooo great! Thank you!

  6. Jennnifer says

    Thanks so much for this post! This Sunday at church I got this very message out of the sermon and here God is again telling me what my heart needed to hear. Many blessings to you for sharing.


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