Tuesday, September 25, 2012

on being grateful

I didn't realize how much of myself I would give in becoming a mom. From the moment I saw two lines I started to give. I've given my body, my emotions, my time, my sleep, my identity. I've poured my whole self into being a mama and it's my joy. I believe it's a high and holy calling. It's also a simple calling. A calling to be faithful to what God's entrusted to me. 

It's become second nature and I often do many tasks without even thinking, but lately the joy of being a mom has kind of slipped away. I was thinking about why it's felt like more of a burden lately and I was reminded of this quote.

"Try being a person who sacrificially gives of yourself without the offering being accompanied by gratitude and you'll find every ounce of joy dried up by a martyr complex."
(nancy leigh demoss)

I was serving my children, but not out of a grateful heart. I was missing the privilege of caring for my kids and instead, seeing it as a duty, something I had to do.

Recognizing this and turning from it has given me a renewed love and joy for my precious children.


Kiley said...

:) sure some day's are harder then others.. but knowing that these little lives are gifts.. Gifts from the Lord - wow.... what an honor indeed.... hang in there mama..

Melissa Ruth said...

have you read "loving the little years"? i was feeling how you were feeling too and that book really helped me! you should read it if you haven't :)

katygirl said...

you already know this but me & cammie girl have had quite the week. thanks for the reminder to give of myself sacrificially.

bandofbrothers said...

i can totally relate to this. when i realize how lucky/blessed i am to have these children, all the sacrifices seem to fade away.

brittany said...

this is such a great reminder. i have totally been in that same spot but i love when i reminded of what a blessing it is to be a mom. it's all about perspective for sure.

stephanie joy said...

thank you for sharing!
i need to remind myself of my "calling" and not just my job as a mom.
God gave me these beautiful blessings...
i cannot squander their time as littles.
need to appreciate it all... the bad and the good.
perspective... perspective!

Purposely at Home said...

You are one of the greatest role models for me. What great thoughts!...I want to be like you (and so many other fabulous moms in my life) one day. You have the cutest family. :)


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