My dear sweet Audrey. I cried when I learned I was pregnant with you. I just wasn’t ready. I wanted to be successful first. I wanted a “Degree.” Me, me, me, it was all about me. How foolish was I to define my success by the titles I didn’t hold.
When my second child came along I was still at it; getting even less sleep while trying to finish my degree online. While I mostly blame my ignorance on a 13-year indoctrination, I also blame myself.
Pride can get in the way.
Today, more and more Women trade in motherhood for an “Executive” position. We strive for a pat on the back from a company who cares no more for us than a driver for his car.
We know how the story ends. We regret not spending more time with our children. We are stuck. We are tired, we are overwhelmed, we’re unhappy.
While we may think we are pursuing our “dreams”, we are only living out another’s need for worker bees. I understand the need for some women to work, but what inhuman force put it in our minds that being a Mother couldn’t satisfy our desire for accomplishment?
What could be more rewarding than to raise up children who are better than ourselves, to glorify God? The world says possessions, money, and power. God says, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
The Most Satisfying Job: Motherhood
After being a mother, I can say that the most joy I have ever felt is in hearing and seeing the laughter of my children and holding them in my arms. Yet I still struggle with pride today.
Why do I have an overwhelming desire to prove to others that I am important? Am I not already? “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
I say this to myself as much as I’m saying it to you.
Mother’s, God made you irrevocably important and special. To deny that is to believe strangers over the one true God. Don’t succumb to the pride of life and worldly desires. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” Proverbs 16:18 Don’t discount your divine calling. You are desperately needed. Don’t trade it in!
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Rachel @ reprezent98201 says
Thank you for the reminder that our primary goal as mothers is to raise our children for the glory of God!
Steph Rich says
This is a beautiful post that describes a LOT of us mothers as one point in our lives or another…awesome, thanks for sharing.
Hazel Moon says
All my children are grown with children of their own, but honestly there were a few times I wanted to throw in the towel. Then second thoughts and a prayer helped me get my focus. Thanks for your lovely post and your sweet children who are better than any degree.
SEO Services UK says
This is a beautiful post that describes many of our mothers in our lives in one point or another … awesome
What a beautiful post that speaks volumes! Thanks for inviting me to come link up my post celebrating mothers. I think you’ll find that the sentiment is very much similar to what you have expressed here. Many blessings, Lisa
Thank you for hosting!
I love this hop…great idea!
Sherry Hayes says
Thank you for sharing this important message! I began mothering while in the US army–so sure that I could handle career and having a baby, until she was born, and I never, never wanted to let her out of my sight. The army had different plans, and I had to leave her for 2 months while she was only 9 months old–heartache! Well, that was almost 30 years ago, and now I am the mother of 15 wonderful children, all completely homeschooled while I left my plans long behind for the most rewarding job in the world!