Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.This next quote I NEEDED to read, especially the "perfectly clean house." I don't have a perfectly clean house. Yes, I am bothered by it, but I need to run to the cross falling at the feet of Jesus.
But a Christian should have a different paradigm. We should run to to the cross. To death. So lay down your hopes... Lay down your perfectly clean house. Lay down your grievances about the life you are living. Lay down the imaginary life you could have had by yourself. Let it go.I am not perfect at this next one either, but I pray that God will help me through it. The beauty though is that God forgives me and gives me the strength. I pray that God is gracious to my daughter Charis.
Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. Grow them up in the clean air of gospel living. Your testimony to the gospel in the little details of your life is more valuable to them than you can imagine. If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work.