Mothers fall for this lie because the desire of the flesh is for ease and comfort.
And, if we will stop ranting about how we’re “not doormats” and “deserve to be appreciated” for long enough to see what’s true, we will remember that joy and peace aren’t in the affirmations of others or in others serving us. The Christian’s joy comes from pouring out of oneself for others.
Loving God results in a love for neighbor that demands our all and expects nothing in return.
Mothers aren’t martyrs.
Christian mothers are servants of Christ whose very existence is for His glory.
A motherhood that glorifies God is one in which sacrifice is joyful.
If we fold clothes and clean sticky floors and cook meals in resentment, we are not ministers at all.
demand to be appreciated and compensated for it.
Motherhood isn’t everything you are, and it isn’t the only place you’re called to serve and to lay down your life. You’re also called to friendship, marriage, ministry, fellowship with and service of the saints, evangelism, and an assortment of other things. And you’re called to do them all well, reflecting Christ.
But, motherhood is no doubt the most demanding of those callings in this season, and the place where you’re most tempted to cling to your own life instead of willingly offering it up.
for every good work that He designed for you before the foundation of the world.
He equips us with all that we need to build His kingdom in the ways in which He’s commissioned us to, and we’ve no right to take those provisions and attempt to hoard them away for our own pleasure.
you were never intended to preserve yourself or to serve yourself.
Let joyful service flow from your fingers, your lips, your heart and your life.
not having hoarded up more for yourself but having given it all
to those around you as an act of worship for your King.
You’ll arise in new mercies and fully equipped to give it all again.
You’re simply a servant of Christ.
Please know that I am not advocating for not resting or neglecting the stewardship of our health and bodies, which are also tools from God to be used for His glory.
Christ set an example of Sabbath rest, and then He Himself became our perfect Sabbath. It is in Him that we find our rest, but we also can learn from His example of seeking solitude to pray and rest.
We absolutely need physical rest and good mental health in order to do the work that God has given us to do. This is good stewardship and it is obedience.
I speak often about SCHOLE, and I am an advocate of *true* rest.
I do think it's important that we define rest accurately; scrolling social media and binge watching tv are not rest. That doesn't mean that those things are wrong, but they aren't restful. Rest invigorates the mind, rather than dulling it.
Reading, creating, enjoying nature...these things are rest.
And, we DO need rest.
We need to define rest accurately, seek rest appropriately, and use rest as the tool that it is in order to be equipped and ready to do the work that God calls us to.