A while back I read a story someone forwarded about being “just a mom”. The gist of the story was that a mom’s job is valuable and we should be proud of what we do. It got me thinking about what I say when people ask what I do. Since becoming a SAHM almost 7 years ago I have often said, “I used to be a teacher, but I am home with my children now.” Why do I need to preface what I do now with what I USED to do? I think that even though I have always felt like my place is in the home, for some reason I thought people might not think I am doing enough.
Do you ever have those lightbulb moments when things become clear to you? Well, as I was holding a bucket for my daughter to throw up in for the 20+ time Sunday night it hit me. I am doing exactly what God wants me to be doing. There is no one like a Mommy to rub your back while you get sick, or to change the nastiest diaper ever. I know it isn’t my sympathy puker husband who is going to take care of those things. 🙂 For my family, I am the one who gets the blessing of taking care of the daily tasks that might seem menial.
I know you may be thinking that I need to get some sleep if I can say that taking care of sick children is a blessing. Maybe you would be right about the sleep, but I think that as a mom my attitude needs to be focused on the blessings that I encounter every day if I am going to be able to show my children anything about God’s love. So, while I am so grateful that my children are feeling better today, I am also grateful for the opportunity to be God’s hands and feet here on earth.
As I was writing that last part I was reminded of a Casting Crowns song. If We Are the Body really makes me think about what my job really is.
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