As a mom, do you ever feel like you aren’t making a difference in the world? Day after day, you take care of children, clean the house, pack lunches, chauffeur kids to school and practices, go to work, prepare meals, and the list goes on. You may feel that these mundane tasks go unnoticed and unappreciated. You may think that what you’re doing within the walls of your home doesn’t move beyond those walls. I want to encourage you today with this devotional for discouraged moms! Grab your Bible and keep reading:
A Devotional for Discouraged Moms: Do the Things I Do Really Matter?
Scripture Reading: John 6:1-13
Five thousand people had gathered to hear Jesus’ teaching. As the day wore on, they began to get hungry. When the disciples searched the crowd to see if anyone had brought food, they found one little boy in the crowd who had five loaves of bread and two fishes. He was the only person there who had come prepared! Amazingly, the other 4,999 people brought no food to get them through the day. You know how the story ends: Jesus blessed the boy’s lunch and multiplied it. Not only did the whole crowd eat, but there were twelve baskets of food remaining afterward!
Have you ever thought about why that little boy was the only one out of 5,000 people who came prepared that day? The Bible doesn’t tell us, but I feel pretty certain that the little boy’s lunch was packed by his mother. He probably told her he was heading into town where the multitudes were gathering to listen to a man who was teaching and performing miracles. Knowing he’d be gone awhile, she undoubtedly assembled that small lunch for him before he left.
There’s no mention of his mother in the Bible, but every time I read that story I can’t help but think about her. She was behind the scenes doing what a mom does! That mom was simply taking care of the son she loved. She had no idea that the simple lunch she prepared would feed 5,000 people that day.
Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:15 “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household….“
Proverbs 31:27 “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.“
Moms are givers. We give of ourselves daily to see that our children are fed, clothed, and loved. We prepare meals, wash and iron clothes, clean the house, chauffeur kids to activities, watch their games and recitals, and so much more. We get tired, but we keep going.
Like the woman described in Proverbs 31, we go above and beyond to care for our families. We’re not afraid to rise early and work hard. We’re not afraid to make bold decisions and plan ahead for the future. We frequently sacrifice our own wants and even our needs. We do all of this because of our love for our children. Much of what we do as moms goes unnoticed. Little children, especially, don’t usually say thank you or even realize how much we are doing for them each day. We sometimes feel that the mundane tasks of motherhood are unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
The mother who packed the five fishes and two loaves of bread had probably packed her son’s lunch many times. She had no idea that the God of the universe would bless and multiply the work of her hands that day. The simple act of love she performed that morning would have a ripple effect that would bless thousands of people before the day was done.
As you work day after day, you may never realize the full effect of your efforts. It may seem that what you do inside your home stays within those walls, but with God’s blessing it can actually spread to the world beyond those walls! As you pour yourself (and God’s love) into your little ones, you are planting seeds that will grow beyond your wildest expectations.
My grandfather was a preacher in the mountains of eastern Kentucky for many years. In his congregation, there was a mother with twelve children. She decided to become a missionary overseas because she wanted to “make a difference” in the world. My grandfather quickly told her that she didn’t need to cross the ocean to make a difference in the world because she had a mission field within the walls of her home. By raising and nurturing her twelve children, she had the opportunity to make a far-reaching impact on the world.
Be encouraged today! The Almighty God sees your work and He is pleased with you! As you continue to work each day and pour out to your children and others, He will multiply your efforts. You may never see the full results, but you are definitely making a difference in this world!
- Do you ever feel like the tasks you do as a mother are unimportant?
- What are your least favorite tasks as a mother?
- What tasks do you enjoy?
- Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” How does this verse apply to your efforts as a mother?
- Ephesians 4:23 says, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” What can you do right now to spiritually refresh and empower yourself to keep going?
*I hope this devotion has been a blessing to you. Feel free to forward this to other moms who need to hear this message!
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