I snapped this photo one day when one of our little boys was doing dishes for me and when I came in to check his progress, I noticed the dishes weren’t loaded properly — an error that was glaringly obvious to me. Funny thing was, it wasn’t obvious to him. He was actually very proud of how neatly he had put the cups and glasses into the dishwasher rack. I showed him that, while they were neat, they weren’t going to get clean inside because they would only fill with water, they would not be washed out by the sprayer beneath.
As I thought on those cups, I began to draw parallels to motherhood. And, thus, I decided to post this photo and attach a label to it. Because, really, it truly does help to be clear on the concept! And so it is, unless and until we’re clear on the concept, we’re going to experience failure after failure. And, we’ll likely want to give up. And we may even do so!
We need to get a hold of a vision… a fruitful plan and purpose for motherhood — for our motherhood – for our mothering! We need to seize the moment, as it were. Because, I tell you the truth — the moments are fleeting and the time will be past before you know it! We need to grab hold of a decision to love our families as they ought to be loved!
I genuinely believe it’s when we truly discern and determine to love and serve our families, when we begin to strive for excellence, when we begin to grab hold of the great and precious promises of the Lord and when we seek to live in joyful compliance to His Word and His marvelous plan for our life, we will have His great blessing and encouragement and we will be joyful mothers, joyful keepers at home. But it takes a real want to! And it takes a turning away from unfruitful things, distractions and time wasters.
Over the years, I’ve worked and reworked many plans, many routines for homekeeping… and I keep working and reworking them out as my family grows and daily activities change. And so, it is with confidence that I share with you that there are MANY tricks you can learn and implement —and if you will— you will find you truly enjoy keeping your home! The better part of that is that your children will grow up SEEING a glad mother who ENJOYED *BEING* a mother to her family. I can also tell you, to my shame, that when I have NOT diligently sought to serve and love my family, when I’ve not striven for excellence or dedication, I have failed and my family suffered for it. And thus, by the grace of God, I humbled myself, rededicated myself to the task and sought the Lord’s blessing — and true to His Word, He helped me, He restored my path.
As one of my daughters reminded me recently: Mama… remember how you said, your children may not remember all you did here, but they’ll remember how it felt here. Yes, I remember saying that. Many times. And that’s one of the little admonitions that fuels my work and strengthens my resolve each day.
So, I just want to say to you, dear mother, you’ll do fine… just be sure you’re clear on the concept.