The Fishbowl of Motherhood



Sometimes being a mom feels like being in a fishbowl. Not because I feel like I am watched or judged, but because of the repetition of motherhood. Sometimes as a mom you feel like you are swimming in circles doing the same thing day after day. Feed the baby, change diapers, clean the same kitchen, wash the same clothes.

Too often, I get to the end of the day and am a bit discouraged because all the things that I “accomplished” today just have to be done tomorrow.

There is no paycheck or grade in motherhood – no tangible incentives that mark the completion of a job or assignment. And as John MacArthur put in his recent sermon series, there are no coffee breaks in parenting.

So what keeps us going? (Other than a lot of coffee!)

New Mercies Every Morning

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

I remember studying Leviticus in a Bible class during college. The professor described the word “new” as something entirely unique. He said it is not “new” as you would think of a “new car.” A car is something that has existed before. When God gives new mercies, those mercies are something completely unique that has never existed before.

So at the end of the day when you are discouraged about doing it all again, remember that tomorrow the Lord will have new mercies for you. Mercies that He has created specifically to fit tomorrow’s needs. What an amazing God we have!

A High and Holy Calling 

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15

Changing children’s diapers and dishing out discipline doesn’t seem very lofty. But the Lord has given mothers a big task. It is our responsibility to raise the next generation of Christians (Lord willing that they are saved). Every story you read, every manner you teach, every song that you sing is shaping your child into the person that God wants them to be.

We have a big responsibility to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Just as Timothy’s mother and grandmother taught him about the truths of Scripture, so we are called to teach our children.

John Wesley once said that he learned more about Christianity from his mother than from all the theologians in England.

Faithfulness of the Father

I know that as a believer you are probably very aware of the concept of faithfulness. Our aim as Christians is to hear our Heavenly Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Let us be motivated by the faithfulness of the Lord to be faithful in our responsibilities. His faithfulness to us is the reason we keep going day after day.

At the End of the Day

At the end of the day, it is easy to feel like you have gone nowhere in your little fishbowl. But let us remember that we are strengthened by new mercies, inspired by our high calling, and motivated by the faithfulness of the Lord.

I have only been at this for five months, so I have a deep appreciation for you moms who have been at this for years. I am only beginning to understand the sacrifices that my mom made while caring for me through the years.

There are no paychecks or grades in motherhood, but if we are faithful we will receive a heavenly reward and the approval of our Father.

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