What a Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

Another day of mothering has come to an end.

After cleaning up the last meal of the day, tucking the kids in bed, tending the baby, and preparing for tomorrow, I have exactly an hour to myself before my brain shuts down entirely.

I haven’t eaten dinner. I am spent. The list of things that never ends just. never. ends. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, planning, teaching, correcting, disciplining, shopping.

I sink my head to the counter and take a minute to collect myself before I implode. My husband looks on, slightly concerned I may not get back up.

This is my life! It is both messy and beautiful. I know you can relate, right?

Can you guess what every homeschool mom wants for Mother's Day? Homeschool moms, read this and be encouraged, knowing that you're NOT ALONE in this wish!

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This guest post is from Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker.

I love my calling as wife, mom, homemaker and homeschooler. LOVE it. I never doubt the value of my work in this role. And most days I finish with a sense that time was well spent.

Some days though…

Some days I just don’t see the reward I want to see. Some days I just want a gold star to put on my own chart.

Have you been there, too?

What Many Moms Will Get for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What is Mother’s Day all about for moms?

Many moms will be getting gifts, chocolates, jewelry, small appliances, crafts, and more. Those are good things. They really are.

I like a good handprint card and a blender just as much as the next mom. But…

We cook and clean and plan. We snuggle and comfort and play. We teach and we train and we instruct in the ways of the Lord.

It is wonderful and exhausting.

We labor in prayer over our precious children and do our best to point them to Christ, knowing the decision to follow Him is their own.

Everything in us is poured into this worthy endeavor.

So what we really want is this:

  • For our labor to not be in vain.
  • For there to be good fruit.
  • For our children to rise up and call us blessed.

Those are hard things to wrap a bow around, right? Yet they are the longing of our hearts.

Here’s the thing, dear moms: most days you are sowing seeds, not harvesting fruit. There will be times when you will be blessed with an amazing glimpse into the impact your work is having on the lives of your children. Some days, however, there will seem to be little reward.

Here’s Your First Mother’s Day Gift!

Even if you aren’t sure you’re making a difference, I want to tell you right now: What you do matters tremendously.

Be encouraged! You are planting deep and meaningful things into the hearts of your children for a reward that is eternal. It is a work approved for God’s kingdom.

Do not grow weary of good! The labor of a loving mother will never be in vain.

Know this, friend:

  • Your prayers are being heard,
  • your work is being seen, and
  • the gold stars are piling up like crazy, whether you see them this side of heaven or not.

In fact, I want you to read these posts to be encouraged and inspired about motherhood:

A Love Letter from God (for Those Tough Mothering Days)

4 Ways to Cope When Motherhood Feels Relentless

8 Ways to Stay Emotionally Replenished in Every Mothering Season

Tough Mothering Day? 3 Powerful Tips to Turn It Around

 

This Mother’s Day, enjoy your children, bask in the love of their hand-print cards, and rest in knowing that what we really want has already been given: a labor of love that will bear eternal fruit for the King.

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

About Tauna Meyer

I'm Tauna! This is me: Jesus follower, wife, mom, [domestically challenged] homemaker, homeschooler, and writer. Join me at ProverbialHomemaker.com, where I work to bring you encouragement and tools for the journey. Let us pursue God's call on our lives (no matter the learning curve) and rely on Him to equip us for the task!

Leave a Reply 17 comments

Tammy Jones - May 2, 2015 Reply

So true! That is exactly it! Thank you for reminding me it is mostly sowing and sometimes it can be a long while before we see the fruits of our labor.

Meaghan - May 4, 2015 Reply

So very true. Great encouragement. I saw your post on the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-up

    Alicia Michelle - May 4, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Meaghan!

Leah Courtney - March 21, 2016 Reply

This is beautiful, and I totally agree!

Glenda Cates - March 23, 2016 Reply

Thank you for this reminder as here lately I feel like I am failing as a wife, mom and parent and just want to run screaming and hide in a hole. And never come out. But then my son smiles at me and I remember how loved I am.

    Alicia Michelle - March 24, 2016 Reply

    Glenda! Thank you for your honest words. Wow… we all feel like that sometimes! I’m glad that this post encouraged you in the truth–that you are loved and doing a great job!

Renee - March 24, 2016 Reply

“Most days you are sowing seeds, not harvesting fruit”…..This is a great thought and beautifully written. Thank you for sharing encouraging words with Over The Moon!

Danita Carr - March 28, 2016 Reply

So very true! Well said, and beautiful post! As a homeschool mom of 12 years (and counting) I whole heartedly agree with this post! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

    Alicia Michelle - March 30, 2016 Reply

    Awesome, Danita! Thank you for sharing, and congrats on 12+ years of homeschooling! What a great legacy!

Pamela Shank - March 29, 2016 Reply

Beautiful post and a great tribute to all mothers!

Jennie - March 31, 2016 Reply

Perfectly said!!

Leigh - April 2, 2016 Reply

Oh, my! Yes! I have one attending a Christian university and another hoping to go, so I can agree that there are rewards for the labor and prayer and that the harvest will come. Hang in there, fellow home school mothers! It is worth it!

    Alicia Michelle - April 2, 2016 Reply

    Leigh! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! This week I had another homeschool mom (with kids in college) who told me something similar. We are building an incredibly strong foundation for our kids! Thanks again for sharing!

Sherry - April 4, 2016 Reply

There are certainly great rewards in motherhood. Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday.

nothing.but.treble@gmail.com - April 26, 2016 Reply

I love this!!!! Thank you. <3

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