I read an article this week titled “What It’s Like To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom On the Verge of Depression.” It’s gotten quite the facebook love. It’s a good article.
Most of us can relate. The Christmas break alone can push us to the brink.
This past week we’ve had 3 kids with strep, 1 with a double ear infection, and a baby with a fever. Oh, and a new puppy that gets up every 3 hours at night to go outside. We are tired!
Staying at home can be hard. Kids are draining. Life is unpredictable.
Here’s where we’re missing it though. When I wipe snotty noses all day. When I administer medicine like a trained nurse. When I cuddle two crying babies. I can’t miss the moment. All of that is holy work. Selfless. Holy.
And I’m being offering the chance to love like Jesus.
Will going out for coffee help? Yes! Will venting to a close girlfriend help? Of course!
But when I’m at the end of myself, I can keep serving because of how God has served me. I can love because of how He’s loved me.
He is teaching me to deny myself. He is showing our kids what love looks like.
And with each moment I’m about to lose my sanity but press on, I’m tasting more of His grace. I’m experiencing more of His love. I’m understanding Calvary’s sacrifice in simple, every day ways.
Don’t miss it. Not today. The hassles He is calling holy.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1,2)
(And yes, I’m writing this to help convince myself all of it is true! Always sanctifying!)