whitaker_9-5-16_image-for-season-of-motherhoodWaking up is hard some mornings, am I right? This morning was one of those mornings for me. My to-do list can overwhelm my heart before my feet lay flat on that floor. Being a mom can be exhausting and feel as if you are giving and feeding only to wake up and give and feed again with no return. If you’re anything like me, it sometimes can feel like what we are doing is anything but holy but do not miss your calling in this season.

    I saw a tweet from Andy Stanley a few years ago that said, “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” The bible is filled with parents who did nothing but raise someone who changed a life. Most not even mentioned. That seems a tad bit daunting as a mom who has to yell brush your teeth at least six times a day. When we sit down for our nightly devotional it is often times laced with reminders to listen and be still. Many nights I wonder why I’m even taking the time to do devotional when I could be sneaking a little ice cream instead.

    My absolute favorite pocket verse in this household is “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). I have been known to spout that off for the most bizarre little tasks and don’t worry, my kids never miss an eye roll. “Eat those vegetables to the glory of God” is apparently a tad annoying when there is asparagus in front of you, but is important to remember.

The more we remind our children to serve God in the small stuff, the easier it will be for them to serve God in the big stuff. It’s the absolute same for us moms. You might be changing diapers 30 times a day (I have so been there), but change those diapers to the glory of God! Wash those dishes, tend to three loads of laundry, clean out that sippy cup you found hiding under the couch all to the glory of God.

I find more purpose in what I am doing when I know I am working for Him. What do your children get? A mom that praises the Lord and a lesson in good works. What do you achieve? A sense of the purpose you have been called to fulfill, if only for a short season. Do not let this season pass as unfulfilling, you are doing exactly what God made you to do at this exact moment. Do your work in the seemingly mundane as if you are praising the Lord with every moment.

Mrs. Hannah Whitaker

Mrs. Hannah Whitaker

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12 NIV).