The other night I was cleaning for what felt like the billionth time that day. My back was starting to cramp, my feet starting to ache, and my mind desperate for a little bit of peace and quiet. I began to question the importance of all this cleaning…all this disciplining…all this training (and more training). Does my three-year old even care what I’m teaching him? Does he care that I made him his favorite meal again today? Does he care that I vacuumed up crushed up crackers on the floor? Does he notice when I teach him the importance of prayer before meals? In the end, will what I do day after day truly matter?
And more so, am I doing this all right? This whole Mom thing. Am I even good at it?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself that same question. And here’s the answer my friends. Yes, you’re doing this whole mom thing right. Yes, you’re good at it. God specifically chose you, yes YOU, to be the mother of your children. Don’t forget that God doesn’t make mistakes. He knew you before you were born, and he knew your children before they were born. Each and every Mom on this earth has a BIG role, a BIG job…and so I wanted to create a space here where I just give you permission to know that what you are doing, however you’re doing it, you’re important and you matter.
To the working mom, you are important.
To the stay at home mom, you are important.
To the mom who makes dinner every night, you are important.
To the mom who served chicken nuggets two nights in a row, you are important.
To the mom who bent down for the tenth time to tie your child’s shoes, you are important.
To the mom who hasn’t had time to brush her hair today, you are important.
To the mom who has a baby on one hip, a toddler yanking on another arm, and a kindergartner yelling at you for more juice, you are important.
To the mom whose husband is deployed, you are important.
To the mom whose husband works long days and you barely see him, you are important.
To the mom who lost her husband, you are important.
The mom who can’t make a Pinterest worthy craft for her life, you are important.
To the mom whose child constantly screams, “I HATE YOU!”, you are important (and loved).
To the mom who gave up her dreams to raise tiny humans, you are important.
To the mom whose child is sick and the doctors don’t know why, you are important.
To the mom who sits on the floor playing the same game of battleship, you are important.
To the mom who doesn’t have a mom to guide her, you are important.
You see, a mom is not important if she has been perfect that day. I promise you, your kids don’t care about perfection. They care about love. If you love your children, you’re important and you’re doing enough. Rest in that. Know that the God who created you and your children is leading you in this motherhood journey, and he keeps a special eye on you (Isaiah 40:11). So the next time you feel like you’re unnoticed, look up. He sees you and He knows your every need.