Earlier on Facebook, I linked to this guest post by Sarah Van Beveren on The Better Mom blog, and I thought it was worth linking to here on the blog as well. What an encouraging word for moms!! And, as I commented there already, the principle applies to ALL of us, whether our struggle is with motherhood, marriage, or just living the Christian life. I pray it’s a blessing to you:
At the end of a long day of parenting, I feel it. I look around my house and see mess. Mess on my floors and mess in my heart. I pick up toys, clean up dishes, throw in the laundry. I remember the tears, the sibling fights, and the words that I used to wound. I feel drained and lacking, praying for the encouragement to press on tomorrow morning.
I have a feeling that I’m not the only one experiencing this.
The mundane of motherhood is starting to sound cliché. We’re all reading about it, and we’re all writing about it. It resonates across countries and cultures. And while the details change, the result is the same.
We’re all living it.
Because cliches are born out of reality, and the everyday of mothering couldn’t be more real. It’s confusing, it’s busy and often it’s a struggle. But it’s also sacred, and there is rest for us. Not rest in the form of hot coffee and good books, but rest we can possess even in the midst of commotion and disarray. Rest that doesn’t rely on anything this world has to offer. A rest – a peace – that passes all understanding.
We don’t need to try harder. We just need to lean harder.