Sometimes we all need a little reminder, tangible evidence of God's love and plan. I try to provide those for my kids, reminding them of what the Bible has to say about how we deal with certain situations, reminding them of how much God loves them, and helping them understand why God asks them to act a certain way.
But the truth is that I often need a reminder as well. When I'm doing my Bible reading, I often write down a verse that speaks to me on a notecard. Then I'll place that notecard where I can see it during the day -- above the sink, over my desk, on my bathroom mirror. It's a tangible reminder to me of whatever it is that God wants me to focus on that day.
Being a mom is tough. There's no one around to pat you on the back and tell you when you're doing a good job. Our kids rarely look at us and say, "Way to go mom. That was some great discipline you just handed out," or "Nice job cleaning up that mess I made for the third time today." Without a tangible reminder that what we're doing matters, it's easy to get caught in the thought that we're not making a difference, that we're simply marking time until our kids turn 18.
The truth is, though, that being a mom is the biggest, best, most frustrating, and most rewarding job ever. Everything we do makes a difference. The hugs we hand out, the life lessons we teach, the giggles we elicit all have one result -- the molding of a child's character. And there's no more important job in the world than that.
But it's easy to get discouraged in the role of mom -- because there are days when it's a long, uphill climb. That's why it's so important for us to hang onto the promises and encouragement that God gives us. That's why it's so important to create tangible reminders that what we do is important. That's why it's so important that we not lose sight what God's word says.
If you're looking for a way to create tangible reminders for yourself, you can create your own notecards or you can check out the pretty set of On the Job Meditations for Mom from Thriving Home. These notecards are the perfect reminder of God's love for us, His plan for us, and His plan for our kids. They're cute, they're encouraging and they're the perfect size to leave where you can see them. You can check them out here. They are well worth the $4.99 price tag to have some tangible encouragement in your day.
Whether you make your own cards or use the ones from Thriving Home, create ways to be reminded of God's love and plan for you. Because being a mom can be a thankless job at times. Don't let those moments discourage you. Replace discouragement with God's word.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the On the Job Meditations for Mom scripture cards but no other compensation was involved. The opinions expressed here are my own.