Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's Not Just Hard - It's A Sacrifice

A group of us moms met yesterday to pray for our kids & share the hardships of balancing mom-wife-house-life.  Our theme to focus on was being an example to our kids - living out the life we desire for them to emulate.  I'm not talking cookie cutter images that adopt our personality & thoughts, that actually might be easier.  I'm talking about setting an example of what it means to fall in love with God, have Him as your foundation & serve others through His outpouring of love.  Kind of makes you want to create exact images of you rather than strive to have children who are radically sold out to Jesus.

Anyway, as we discussed this amidst potty training, how to have one on one time with our kids, and other mundane mommy things  -  the word hard came up again and again.  We quickly realized that just b/c something is hard it does not mean it has purpose.  What we are doing day in and day out has extreme importance - an eternal significance - a God given purpose.  So realizing that all that we do is a true SACRIFICE is an amazingly divine thing.  We are willingly if not always happily making sacrifices of our time, energy, patience, money, creativity - you get my point - to serve our husbands, children, and provide a good home. I know this sounds lofty - but isn't it??  Don't get me wrong - I do NOT want to be a martyr type - always complaining and whining about what I have & have to give up for 'this' family.  No.  I want to follow in Christ's footsteps and lay down my life for these people that I cherish most in this world.  I know that I cannot do this on my own - God help me.  And with His help - because of His help I can secretly, lovingly, daily sacrifice for this family - my family with a goal & purpose in mind.  How do I (we) do this??  It will look different for everyone - every family.  I will do it one day at a time, and with a big strong cup of coffee.


Becoming Me said...

Beautiful post!

Laurie said...

This was a really nice post. I enjoyed reading it! This is something that I strive for also. I wish we were closer. I would really enjoy your mommy group.

Debra said...

What a great group!!! I belonged to one in Fargo, ND when I lived there. It was SO awesome. It was through that group of ladies that I realized that I did not have to be a martyr mom. That I could take care of myself AND still be a great mom and wife.

What an awesome post! Great thoughts. I work on finding the balance every day. It is hard. Especially when you are burnt out and just need time off, yet cannot take it. Yesterday at the YMCA the child care ladies had to come get me because Olivia was screaming because I left her in there. She was there 10 minutes. I was so MAD.. I give them 23 hrs of my day and yet, they cannot give me one hour to workout.

Good luck on finding that balance. If you find out any secrets please let me know! The only one I know is to start and continue with prayer!

jenni anne said...

i loved this post. so true in every way.