10 Minutes Peace
by Susan McGrath
The other day I found myself in another conversation about childbirth. As moms we love to compare and scare with our horror stories of labor and delivery. (And ours is always the most horrible!) Don't we love to ask that first-time mom, "How long was your labor?", knowing that no matter what her answer is, we have a story to top it?
The truth is that for most moms the labor is 18 years and counting! We never stop worrying, encouraging, feeling guilty, and loving. And stay-at-home moms can honestly tell people they have the best job in the world.
Having been on both sides of the time clock, I know it is satisfying to be home with that toddler learning to talk - and frustrating to go an entire day without speaking any word over two syllables! Let's face facts: Raising children is joyful, depressing, hilarious, rewarding and exhausting -- and that's just before lunch!
Some days it's hard to remember the feel of a bubble bath or the taste of a lunch that doesn't include peanut butter or hot dogs. Those are the times we really need that ten minutes of peace (and locking ourselves in the bathroom doesn't count)! The Lord has many encouragements for mothers, especially on the importance of our "job". Take that ten minutes and splash around in Psalm or have a refreshing taste of Proverbs and I promise you will be uplifted!
All moms are full-time moms, but some are blessed not to have to put on any other hats. Regardless, we know that the "Mom" hat with its sticky fingerprints and smudges of who-knows-what is the most important one we will ever wear. At least we need to know it, and to acknowledge and encourage it among each other, because the world won't.
After all, Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it."
How's that for a challenging job?
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a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;
living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;
completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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