Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Burden of Proof...

Why do we as Mom's feel the need to prove ourselves?

Proof: evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth.

We have to have proofs of purchase, proof of payment, proof of residency, proof of identity...

That is why we feel we have to have proof of how our days are spent. How we are raising our children what we are doing all day long, proof of a clean house or a well behaved child. We stress ourselves out so much on things because we worry about "PROVING" ourselves, our decisions, our parenting, our life to others.

If we are living our lives pleasing God. Who else do I have to hold myself accountable to? NO ONE!

I need to remember that sometimes a dirty house means loved on kids. I need to remember that scrapped up knees means one gnarly adventure for my little man. I need to remember that muddy laundry means a treasure digging adventure. I need to remember that a sink full of unwashed dishes means a day where the food was plentiful and bellies were hungry and gracious enough to eat it (A LOT OF IT)!

Yes a clean house and tidy rooms and well behaved children are important. Absolutely. But NOT if they are the mean to proving myself as a mom, teacher, wife, friend or any other role in my life. If they are because I worked hard AND had a CHEERFUL and THANKFUL attitude about doing them ABSOLUTELY.

God sees me working hard. God sees my struggles and hears my prayers to make sure I am making the right and hard decisions for my kids. God knows my head and my heart and my fears. If I am living right he sees every diaper I change, every boo boo I kiss, every dish I wash (AGAIN) and every attitude I correct INCLUDING MY OWN!

Just needed this to remind myself and thought it could be something someone else needed to remember too.

Momma to 3
*Shay B*


Sarah G said...

LOVE this!! So, very true and definitely something I needed of like every moment of every day. :) It's so easy to get caught up in the tasks that we forget about why we are doing any of it. It's all for the glory of God and you are right that His opinion is the only one that matters.
This is timely because I was just feeling overwhelmed by the dirty dishes in my sink and the laundry that needs to be done. I should be thankful for the food we have to eat and the clothes we all wear.
Thanks Shay!
And for the record I think you are one great mama and I know God smiles upon you and your family and is VERY proud you are His!

Bethany said...

Thank you for posting this! I may print it out and hang it on my bedroom mirror for a daily affirmation. Love you.