The day is finally over. The last little one is in bed and you can finally unwind.
long into the wee hours of the morning. And when that first little one wakes up bright eyed and bushy tailed, all you can do is kick yourself and drink some coffee.
But, you do it again.
Eventually, you crash and burn. You vow to do better. And you do for a while. But eventually the vicious cycle starts all over again.
There’s a reason we mamas stay up entirely too late. It’s called
Delaying the Inevitable.
We have spent all day in what feels like perpetual motion and at the end of the day, we just want to take a break. But, we have trouble taking a break from our break, because every minute we delay our own bedtime we believe we are delaying starting the daily grind all over again.
We are afraid.
We are afraid that if we don’t soak up every second of down time, we may never get any again. We are afraid if we don’t stay up just a little bit later, tomorrow will come too quickly.
We are afraid of the monotony that has become our lives.
When we, as mothers, cease to find purpose and joy in our lives as homemakers, every aspect of that life suffers.
The world will tell us the answer is to leave the home and find purpose and meaning in a career that satisfies us and uses our talents. It tells us raising children is not a worthy pursuit and will only leave us drained. We must have some sort of creative outlet and the children must be secondary.
And for a moment, we believe.
We feel unfulfilled. We feel monotonous. We feel drained. There must be more out there for us.
Many will leave the home.
Some will stick it out, forever looking forward to the time when the children are raised and they can get on with their lives.
Few will rise to the call of a joyful homemaker and actually enjoy this season of their lives.
Yes, it is hard to be a stay at home mom. Yes, we get stuck in a rut, but we don’t have to stay there!
Here’s a simple exercise to help you begin to claw your way back from monotonous homemaking to abundant homemaking:
Every night before bed, think of one thing you will be doing the next day as a homemaker and mother that is purposeful and worthy of your time and effort.
In other words,
Look forward to homemaking!
Look forward to motherhood!
Monotony is a frame of mind, an attitude, and something that can be changed. You don’t have to live like this!
Don’t just do the job…
Do it well.
Do it with love.
Do it because you enjoy it.
And if you don’t enjoy it, don’t just assume it’s your home and children who are dragging you down. More than likely it’s you dragging you down.
Pray that the Lord will open your eyes to why you are feeling this way. Read encouraging blogs, begin a blog of your own to chronicle your progress (and link up here every Monday for Welcome Home!), put together a binder of ideas or look for ideas on Pinterest to help you learn to enjoy homemaking. Put your giftings to use in your home now instead of longing for the day when you can use them outside of your home.
Learn to love your husband. Learn to love your children. Seek the Lord with all your heart.