Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mothering

I realized yesterday (thanks for the comment, Dapoppins!) that I never made mention of Mother's Day. So first off, Happy Mother's Day to all of you lovely moms! Hope you had a wonderful day, and that your family took some time to love on you.

Me? Well, we celebrated last weekend. Hubby had asked what I wanted, and I knew about a local church doing an all-day crop for National Scrapbook Day. So what would I like? A day off from playing mommy and 12 glorious hours of playing with paper! So last Saturday, I slept in, then headed downstairs for pancakes and bacon prepared by hubby. And then I was off! I didn't make a single page (I'm all about cardmaking, and was actually dubbed "The Card Girl") but I still had a ball. And I even won a very nice basket full of goodies. Things have been - and will continue to be - quite hectic, so it was a welcome respite.

Lastly, a few thoughts on the most excellent woman that we love to hate, found in Proverbs 31. Come on, admit it - there are times that you've wanted to just rip that page out of your Bible so that you won't be reminded of all your shortcomings (OK, so that plan wouldn't work very well since there are plenty of other passages that do the same - thank God for His amazing grace and mercy, though!) Anyhoo, just wanted to share a few thoughts (these are a random mix of sermons, ladies' talks, college classes, etc. so not much of it is original!) This is an overview of a godly woman's life, not a snapshot of her day. There is *NO* way that all of that is happening at once! And as for her children arising and calling her blessed - I don't think that's going to be happening with young kids (or teens, for that matter :) And don't forget that she had servants! How much more could I accomplish with servant girls of my own?!?

But seriously, it is a wonderful passage. I want my husband to have confidence in me, knowing I am bringing him good. And the kids should be taking note of my planning and work ethic, as well as my willingness to help others. So while I don't read through the passage like a checklist, I do make it a point to read it every couple months just as a reminder of the overall role I can and should be playing as wife and mother.

4 comments:

Musing of a Patched Heart said...

Oh Trish! I totally can relate with you. Motherhood is a thankless job, depending on who you are wanting to thank you. I try and remind myself that I do not need the praise of men--well how about a thanks mom from my kids!!!! LOL :o) What a refreshing post and a wonderful glimps into your world thank you for sharing! You blessed me this morning girl!Heather

Pepperpot said...

I love this! I have never thought of that passage as a lifelong summary. Maybe now I won't dread reading that chapter, lol. :P

Dapoppins said...

You are much braver than I...

And I just want to see how you were spoiled on Mother's day! I totally missed National Scrapbook DAY. My fav store was having a sale too, and I missed it. I can't remember what the heck I was doing. So now I am jealous that you got to mess with paper for a whole day!

In Pursuit of His Call said...

This post brought a tear to my eye...First, I am so happy that you were able to sleep in AND get away for 12 hours. That is a dream I hope will come true for me one day. Second, I really appreciated your take about when a mother will be called blessed by her children - not when they're young or even a teen (at least in our culture). It sure takes the burden off of my shoulders, realizing that I can't expect my children to appreciate all that is done for them and it helps keep my eyes more on raising them in a way that is pleasing to God and not pleasing to my children...As for the servant part, I'm working on that one...You know, that's one part of the passage that I have come to realize...I cannot do it ALL and there are things that need to be delegated. So, whenever I can find a way to delegate a task that I cannot do at this season, I will try it...Modern day servants: Oven timers (allows you to place food in oven and the oven starts up itself so that you can be out running tasks), crock pots, frozen meals, microwave, online grocery shopping, etc...I'm still trying to figure out how to get a cleaning servant...I thought about Merry Maids or some sort of cleaning service, but haven't looked into that one yet...In addition, since gas prices are so high, real live servants are kind of costly for us right now, so I gotta be creative about finding a no cost servant that can clean fast...Oh scrubbing bubbles is a good servant in helping with the tub cleaning...So, like I said, the servants issue is in the works...Hmmm, that's an interesting post I'll need to keep in mind...