It has been a very difficult year for everyone, especially with the pandemic. Being a mother isn’t easy and sometimes a thankless job. Sometimes we say things like “I feel that what I do as a mother isn’t very important,” “ I am tired all the time,” and “I can’t get anything done.” “When do I get time for myself?” I have often thought that there has to be more to life than this. As a mother our work is never ending and sometimes very exhausting. I guess the reason we feel that it is a thankless job is because in today’s society mothering is not a job. Why? Because we don’t get a paycheck. So does that make our job less important? I don’t think so.
When God looks at mothers He see His beloved children. Being a mother is highly esteemed in the eyes of God. Psalm 127: 3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Being a mother is the MOST important job there is. In Proverbs 31 the virtuous woman is a picture a mother who diligently cares for her household, who never rests.
A mother makes a critical difference in an child’s early development. Studies have shown that a child’s environment from birth to the age of three influences their brain structure and the ability to learn. Mother’s make a difference in a child’s emotional development. A mother’s nurturing love builds the foundation of her child’s ability to love others, to learn and to adjust to their environment. A secure attachment to the mother forms the foundation for a child’s entire self structure and identity. Together we create a little one who can look in a mirror and squeal with delight, “That’s me.”
Understand that everything we do is important to God. Even the little things. Give everything to Him. Each morning when you get up thank the Lord for a new day. Ask Him to help you. When you are stressed tell Him. If the kids get on your nerves tell Him. If you are tired let Him know. Remember God never told us that we have to do life alone. He is with you every step of the way. So don’t let anyone tell you that your job is not important, because the truth is that mothering is the MOST IMPORTANT job in the world.
Paula W. Thomas, BMHC