One day as I was sitting on my couch reading through my Christian Woman magazine, I kept thinking in my head about all the beautiful women I know, and how I would love to look like each and every one of them. They all seem to have it so put together all the time, and my life always seems so hectic.
I sat there thinking and cherishing the fifteen minutes I had to myself because the kids and just gone to bed and my husband had just left for work. You know those first fifteen minutes of the calm right before the storm of laundry and dishes and all the other things we moms/wives have do before that day can end and the next can begin?
I also started to wonder, at what age do children really start to notice all the little things we do and appreciate them? Will my boys ever say, “Thanks, Mom, for washing my underwear?” and “Hey, Mom, you’re the best; you always have my favorite snacks in the fridge.” Or will they go through life just thinking that’s how it is?
Maybe I should be spending more time with them; maybe then they will be more thankful and verbal about it. I know I could if I could just get all the chores done. But will that truly make me a better mom? And will my husband ever notice those little things either? As I sat on my couch flipping though the pages, I came across a little clip in the magazine that read, “On those days when your mirror disappoints you, the men in your life don’t affirm you, the children you have – or don’t have – leave you feeling less than adequate as a woman, know that the Lord sees your brokenness, hears your cry for help, and can fill all the empty places with a boundless love that never ends.”
Right at the moment when I needed it most, God reached out and grabbed me. Sometimes I just need to tell myself that there will never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, and that’s okay. My kids and husband won’t always say the perfect thing at the right moment that will make me feel appreciated.
And I won’t always be completely happy with what I see when I look in that mirror. But when I do feel frustrated, no matter what it’s about, I will always go to the Father. He loves me unconditionally no matter if I get the laundry done or not.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
– Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)
“Father, help me to be content with the woman You designed me to be and help me to fully embrace her potential. I know that life and people can sometimes stretch me to my limits, but You will always replenish me with Your peace and Your joy. Lord, bless me with Your affirmations; show me now why You love me….”