A Serving Heart

It’s Palm Sunday. We just got home from church, I read the kids a story and I was inspired by it to write a blogpost. Now I am sitting here, outside on our deck, surrounded by beautiful spring weather, praying that God will help me to put this idea in my mind, into words for this post.

Serving.
verb; perform duties or services for (another person or an organization)

If you are reading this, you are more likely to be a mom, a stay at home mom and on top of that maybe even a homeschool mom. Our main duty is to raise our children, our precious gifts, cleaning up all the trails of messes they leave around the house what feels like all.day.long. If you are like me homeschooling your children, you need to add hours and hours of teaching each day.

Day in and day out. That is what we do and besides that, shower them with love, cuddle with them and join in some playing. The time we spend with our children is so precious and can be so very good for our souls and seeing them understand something can be so very rewarding, but still, there are days when we might feel like not living a truly fulfilled life. Is this what we are supposed to do? We can be stuck in our routines and feel like it isn’t important and meaningful.

We hear and see other moms or friends talk about or post on Facebook what they are doing with their life and you start to wonder if you are in the right place, if that is what you really want to do with your life. Raise? Teach? Clean? On top of that sometimes it doesn’t even get noticed or honored. Do children really understand all you do? All the love and time you pour into them? All the hours you spend online trying to learn more about how to become a better (homeschool) parent? Does anyone notice that you’ve cleaned up the kitchen for the 5th time today or that they have clean laundry to pull out of their dressers (or laundry basket)? Does your spouse see what you do all day (or just what you didn’t get done)? I am guilty of catching myself, asking my children if I am their servant.

Take heart my friend, even

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve … Matthew 20:28

If you have children running around in your house, when you took the leap of faith and decided to homeschool them, this, this is your calling! God is faithful and he will provide for what he has called you to do. Have faith and trust in Him.

Do all the things you do, whether it is at home, raising and teaching your children or the volunteering at church, with a joyful heart. Don’t expect for praises from man,

Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, Ephesians 6:7

You will get rewarded. Maybe not daily from your family, but there will be moments when your husband tells you just how thankful he is and your children will too. Maybe they won’t even tell you until their grown up how much they appreciate everything you have done for them and that they are what they are because of what you did, so God could take it to work. Always remember

For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints-and you continue to serve them. Hebrews 6:10

 Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1. Corinthians 15:58

If we are obedient to the calling we received, we will indeed get rewarded.

I am not trying to tell you to be and feel like a maid, not at all. I am in no way trying to give someone the feeling that they need to feel like less, not important and that all they need to do is housework. Actually the opposite! The work you do within your house, for your family and the volunteering (at church) is so very important.

I know the (homeschool) mom life can be overwhelming, there are days when you feel like you just can’t handle it all. You know what? Take a break. Take a deep breath. Go do something fun with your children. Spend time with them, they need you too so you can do your work within them and Mommy needs a break too once in a while (Take it!). If the house needs to wait, it needs to wait. But when it’s time to wash some laundry again, face the pile of laundry with a smile, be thankful for having children, that they are having fun playing outside and that you are all able to make memories aka make messes in the house together.

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men Colossians 3:23

It doesn’t mean that everything needs to be perfect, do your best in everything you do and if you are busy with your children or out volunteering at church, do what you can do.

You, the mom who is reading this, you are important. The work you do is meaningful and doesn’t go by unseen. You also don’t have to do it on your own

He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless. Isaiah 40:29

You are loved, blessed and wonderfully made.