• There are many times when mothers are unappreciated. (The same could be said for Fathers or parents generally, but today I’m particularly writing about mums.) Often, children or husbands don’t see what mothers do, or see all that’s involved in doing those tasks, or how long they take.

But Mothers— be encouraged, because God appreciates all you do.

  • The phrase, ‘a woman’s work is never done’ (by which it often means that a mother’s work is never done) is often true. Apart from any out-of-home work a woman/mother does, there is a large amount of home work a mother has to do, and an unlimited amount of things they could do. This can lead to many mums feeling guilty and even like they’re not being a good mother.

But Mothers— be encouraged, because not only do you not have to do everything (which is impossible, anyway) but certain things are just not very important and you should not feel guilty about not doing them. For myself, after Renee died, I focused on making sure the children were fed, clothed, at school, church and youth group, and knew that I loved them. Anything beyond that was a bonus! You don’t have to try and do everything and you shouldn’t try and shouldn’t feel guilty for not doing everything.

  • Our society undervalues mums, especially stay-at-home mothers (this isn’t a criticism of mums working outside the home; Renee did). I hate it when mothers say they are ‘just a mum’. Nonsense! There is no such thing as ‘just a mum’ or ‘just a stay-at-home-mum’. God loves motherhood: he invented it; he caused himself to be recorded in his holy world as being compared to a mum (e.g. Psalm 91:4).

But mothers— be encouraged, because God describes the ‘match’ for his perfect Son as being a woman (& back then almost all wives would become mothers): Revelation 19:7-9).
The Apostle Paul described his ministry as, “But we became gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.” (1 Thess. 3:7)
So, YES, mothering is ‘worth it’; God thinks so.