Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest…Exodus 34:21
Some days I would rather ignore that scripture. Cooler fall days makes me want to drop everything and head to the park for the day. I struggle getting out of bed during cold winter days, and dream of hot chocolate and marshmallows and fleece pajamas.
But we are told to work. I have a hard time imagining Jesus encouraging us wives to spend our days working with our fleece pajamas on. 🙂 So out of the pajamas I go and into work clothes. But what if my heart is still in the pajamas?
I’ve experienced days at home that are just miserable. The children are grumpy, but it’s because I’m grumpy. They don’t want to do their school, but I don’t want to do it either! Chores are hardly done, but my chores are not done wholeheartedly. The day ends with me in tears, barking at them to just get their pajamas on and please get in bed right now!
My heart is not with my children; it is still longing for my pajamas.
It is not enough to just get up and get dressed. We must focus on getting out of our comfy lounge clothes and putting on the attitude of work. Our heart must truly desire to be of service to our family. Being a wife and mother is a real job. It’s not just cooing over our new baby, and enjoying the company of our husband. It takes a lot of work, and yes, skill.
We are a cook, housekeeper, organizer, counselor, mediator, chauffeur, teacher, secretary, and nurse (and I’ve probably left out few things)! Don’t let anyone tell you that staying at home with your children isn’t important. You truly do an amazing job. Look the part of those roles, and get out of your pajamas and into the clothes of a professional mother! Nobody will hire you if you show up at a job interview in your pajamas!
Embrace the spirit of work. Learn to enjoy it. There will be special times when you run to the park, or sip some hot cocoa with your little ones. But those moments don’t come every day. Work hard at those ordinary, mundane tasks that are yours to do everyday. If you do, I can assure you, it makes the special moments all the more rewarding for you and your children.
1. Get dressed with a cheerful attitude!
2. Read day 16 from “Frumps to Pumps” ebook.
3. Be truly present in your home today. Not just with your physical presence but with your heart. Allow yourself to truly enjoy the work you do around the house, and the great blessing of the children you have.