I See You, Mama
You are work so hard. I see you. Some of you are working in the home, and some out of the home. All of you invest so much of yourself into your family. There is little time for rest because you are caring so diligently for those around you. I see you. You are always prepared with band-aids, snacks, tissues, and hugs. Your words breathe life and love into the little souls clamoring for your attention. While a nap sounds wonderful, you choose to read a book one more time through weary eyes. You long for your own space, yet your arms ache to hold your little loves. I see you.
I can hear the worry in your voice. You question if you are doing okay. Yes, I know you second guess your decisions and the way you interacted with them not too long ago. The hard situations, those tricky conversations cause you to wonder if you are up to this task of raising another human. Motherhood seems to be a continuing tug-o-war of wanting a few minutes alone and wanting to hold them close. I want you to know, Mama, you are doing okay. Take a deep breath: a deep, cleansing breath. You deserve those few moments alone, a few minutes of quiet, a bit of rest. Breathe, Mama. That hard conversation you were willing to enter? It made a difference. The decision you made to love fiercely in that hard situation? You made a bigger impact than you know.
You Know There’s A Bigger Picture
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6, ESV). You are making an investment in eternity. All those sleepless nights, the worries, frustrations, and prayers, are building up a child who will find delight in the Lord. You? You are modeling what love truly is. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, ESV). Yes, there are days that threaten to unravel you at the core. But you are teaching important, holy lessons. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32, ESV). You discipline out of love, and it is good. Mama, you are raising up God’s beloved, and that is extraordinary. In fact, you are extraordinary. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her (Proverbs 31:28, ESV).
You Are Noticed
There are many times you wonder if you are invisible. The work you do, your labors of love, seem to go unnoticed. Mama, they notice. The little acts of love and the large acts are not unnoticed. Maybe the thank-yous are not spoken as often as they should be, but the things you do are not unnoticed. The words of healing and hope you speak? Those words are strengthening your child in profound and powerful ways. They have watched you trust in the most impossible of situations, and their faith has grown as a result. The hugs and kisses let them know they are loved and valued. You say it so often, but it is time you know, you are precious and wonderful. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10, ESV).
Sweet Mama, I know how hard you work, how deeply you love. Yes, I know there are days you daydream about vacationing alone. I want you to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, God sees you. He has heard every prayer, and He knows every concern. As much as we love our children, He loves them even more. Breathe, Mama: God is caring for you, and them. You are not forgotten. Your work is invaluable. What you do is important and lovely. His grace is sufficient: sufficient enough to give you the strength to raise up children who will delight in the Lord. Thank you. Thank you for diving all in to this wild adventure. I am praying for you, and cheering for you.