Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Motherhood is NOT Stress-Free and Easy!

Motherhood is exhausting. Sleep is no longer uninterrupted. Our time is definitely no longer our own. We are constantly in a state of serving others whether it be our children or our husband. I get it. I felt the same way!

One woman from the chat room wrote, "I feel like I do pretty well at the wife stuff, but not so good with the mom stuff. We have four children and I love them dearly but I get so overwhelmed and frustrated with all of their needs and trying to get stuff done. We hardly ever leave the house but when we HAVE to {doctor appointments, church}, it's so stressful for me. I'm starting to wonder if I overestimated my abilities when we decided to have our fourth baby. I wish I was better at this."

Lindsay responded, "Don't judge your motherhood ability by how easy it is for you or how streamlined and efficient everything goes. Judge your motherhood abilities by the things that matter.

How healthy and happy are your children? Do they know and love God? Are they learning the things they need to know? Are they developing good character, including honesty, hard work, compassion for others, and so on? Do they have self-control? Are they becoming well-balanced people? These are the things that matter.

Sure, it's nice if everything is stress-free and easy, but I really don't know too many moms who have it that way, especially when the kids are young. Keep the long term goals in mind and keep going.

Satan's goal is to get mothers in their exhaustion to dislike homemaking and raising children. He wants them to focus on what they're missing "out there" and all the things they could be doing instead. He wants them to think that they have little worth in the home where the Lord wants them. He wants everything opposite of what God wants for them. If he can get them discontent and unhappy, he has won the battle.

God commands women to be keepers at home. He tells us we are saved through childbearing meaning this is His will for us. It's simple really. There's nothing complicated about what He wants the majority of women doing with their lives since nothing can compare with the job the Lord has given us to do. What is the man's job? It is to provide for his wife and children. Do you see how important family is to our God and how our lives, whether male or female, should revolve around our families? God even says that He puts the lonely in families {Psalm 68:6}.

Many think that a man's job is better? This is foolish. A woman gets the privilege of having a child kick around and be formed inside of her. She gets to nurse this child at her breast and rock him/her throughout the day. She gets to be home with her children loving, disciplining and training them while her husband is out working hard to provide for her to be home. Oh, foolish and deceived feminists. What havoc and destruction they have caused on this beautiful creation of the family that the Lord has created just for women.

Yes, motherhood is stressful and difficult at times, especially if you have many children but this is what the Lord has called you to do. Remember, we are called to be living sacrifices. The rewards are very great! Our culture seeks rewards in things, getting their way, becoming great, seeking fame and fortune, etc. God says the greatest of all is the servant of all. If you spend your life serving your family, you will be rewarded for God promises us that we reap what we sow.

The following verse sums up perfectly God's will for us.

When you {the husband} shall eat of the fruit of your hands {from his labor}, You will be happy and it will be well with you.Your wife will be like a fruitful vine {bearing children} within your house {keeper at home}; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
Psalm 128:2-4