Saturday, September 20

My hands were busy loosening the clothespins holding the clothes on the line, folding, and dropping the clothes and sheets into the basket at my feet as the last bits of daylight passed away. The sunsets here never cease to amaze me and at the end of the day, weary in body and sometimes mind, I often find myself quickly finishing chores before the next day begins. The wiping of the table, a quick sweep underneath, running the dishwasher, setting school books and lesson plans in order, then quickly checking the menu for the next day before turning out the kitchen light and heading upstairs to nurse Chase before bed.


As a Mom of five small children everyday chores can often take on the characteristics of being mundane and endlessly repetetive. The socks I fold and put away today will be again in the laundry, the crumbs I sweep underneath the table will be replaced by breakfast time, and like clockwork, Chase will awake at four fifty-something in the morning to snuggle and eat.

I overheard someone at church a few weeks ago say that everything is spiritual, whether we view it that way or not, and I smiled to myself as I passed by. That is exactly how I have been feeling and thinking regarding motherhood.

I don't know what paths my little ones will choose when they are grown. There are not, unfortunately, any magic potions or secret formulas that guarantee to surpass the element of human will. There is, however, wisdom to be found in raising children, morality to be instilled, ethics and character and God's love to convey on a daily basis.


As the two eldest hang out the clothes with me we talk. As we dig carrots in the garden and sing silly songs to pass the time picking blueberries, we talk. Questions usually arise at bedtime. Where will I live when I'm a grown man? Can I be a farmer? A pilot? Can I have a family with ten boys? (!) I think I want to be a Mama like you...

In the midst of math and dishes and scrubbing watermelon stains out of t-shirts, I am reminded that I am doing more than just mundane chores and repeating repetitive motions, whether I am aware of it or not.

This week, let's remind ourselves of the eternal perspective in everything we do.

Deuteronomy 11:19

"You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up."



5 comments:

Natasha said...

Hannah,

What a beautiful post! While I am yet to have children, this post was a sweet encouragement to me.

May you (and other mothers) continue to impart mightily in the lives of your precious children as you rely on Him.

Sommer said...

Hannah~This is such an encouraging and beautiful post. Thank you for writing it:-)

Lots of love,
Sommer

New Mom said...

There are not, unfortunately, any magic potions or secret formulas that guarantee to surpass the element of human will. There is, however, wisdom to be found in raising children, morality to be instilled, ethics and character and God's love to convey on a daily basis.-- Well said.

Karen said...

Hannah,

How right you are! I will never regret the time I spent at home as a mom and the years I homeschooled. Now that my children are grown, I am thankful that I had the chance to impart into their lives the grace and blessing that the Lord had given us. I have great kids and we are still very close because of the time I took when God called me to be a mom and be home. I'm grateful for God's provision at that time and for a great husband who also believed that was God's calling for that season. You are blessed.

BL said...

Thank you for this Encouragement. I to have 5 children 21,18,16,13,9. I have been homeschooling for 16 years I am weary. I realized I have lost my vision. Pray for me.