“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