Wasn’t yesterday great? Well, I hope Mother’s Day was great for you.
Mothers have all sorts of ideas on how the day should go for them. Maybe you wanted a day without touching laundry. Perhaps your wish was to avoid being in the kitchen. For me, Mother’s Day was my day to take a break from dispensing my daughter’s medication. I didn’t want to touch a syringe, inhaler, or piece of medical equipment. It was a nice break even if it was just for 24 hours.
Besides taking a pause from a normal task, Mother’s Day is often associated with hugs, compliments, and gifts. It’s great to feel loved. It’s nice to feel appreciated too. It’s easy to have joy and peace when your family is making you feel so special.
What about today? Welcome to the day after Mother’s Day! Nothing special is happening today for most of us. It’s back to waking up children for school and working in a job or at home. It’s back to doing the same chores over and over every day or week because everyone likes having a clean home, fresh clothes, and a full belly.
On the ordinary days, it is easy for me to be joyful in my role as a mother. But what if something goes off routine? Now, that’s when I struggle!
If I wake up to find an accident occurred overnight, I feel frantic as I clean up the kid and strip the bed sheets on an already tight morning schedule. If I don’t have an ingredient for the meal I just started preparing, I feel angry with myself that I didn’t have it all together. When the internet doesn’t work and my daughter is crying over her broken Netflix app, I want to cry myself as I can’t do my planned on-line activities. On those rare occasions when a flat tire occurs, my attitude flattens rather quickly too.
What’s a woman to do when things go wrong in her day? Have joy! That’s not the natural reaction, but it is a possible reaction.
God’s word reminds us that our peace, joy, and rest can be found in Him. When things are going wonderfully and people are surrounding us with love, we can make an error by finding reassurance in these things. Our life is not good or bad because of events in our lives or people making our lives easier. Our life is good when we are in relationship with God. He is the source of true joy and peace. He is where we go when things are terrific and when things are going horrific.
As all the mothers come down from the glory and accolades from Mother’s Day, we can remind ourselves that we can have joy in motherhood on any sort of day. God is with us. He will keep our foot from slipping!
Thank you for the gift of motherhood and children. Help us as parents to raise children that will grow up loving you all their lives. Help us to have joy no matter what the circumstances are in our days. Let us show our children Godly attitudes and perspectives when our day or life doesn’t go as planned. God, keep our feet from slipping when we feel the pressure of things in this life getting to us, and help us to keep in communion with you to feel you more daily. Amen.