Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Servant Hood and Ministry of a Mother

So it has been over a month since I have quit my full-time job at the bank and traded that in to be a full-time stay at home mom. Within this past month I have learned so much about myself and what it means to be a servant. I have come to realize that this is also a huge ministry that every morning when my feet hit the floor I am on a mission field. I need to be fully equipped in meeting the needs whether that be  physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually of my husband and child.

Being a stay at home mom is also a job...a hugely rewarding job that is not rewarded with money, but with a giggle, a hug, seeing first milestones, or being greeted occasionally with a rose from the hubby after work. I have learned that there is no 15 minute break or an hour lunch that I am entitled to like I was while being in the work force. It is a 24 hr 7 day a week duty. It is endless hours that a mother is investing in her husband, her children and her home. Sometimes you are doing so much for everyone else around you that you don't have time for your self. So I have come to fully accept that it comes with the job...and how humbling, but will admit exhausting at times to put others first. (But, hubby is really great at allowing me to sleep in on a Saturday or to take a bath while he puts John down to sleep during the week.) I know there have been days here so far that I have been so focused on getting John fed, changed, having play time, nap time, clothes washed, laundry folded, plan that nights dinner meal, dishes washed, floors mopped, and carpets vacuumed that I have forgot all about eating lunch or even brushing my teeth that morning. But, even with an empty stomach and stank I have come to realize and learn that being a servant is truly what being a Christian is all about. For Christ did not come to be served, but to serve...Matt 20:28. I love that verse because it sums up our whole Christian walks. With every bath I give, every diaper change I do, with every feeding, or wiping a runny nose, with rocking baby to sleep, to the hubby having a fresh towel to dry off on, to dinner being made, and laundry folded, to bills being paid, and bellies full....I am modeling Christ and being a servant.

But don't get me wrong....of course there are days where dinner is carryout pizza, or hubby has to remind me that he has no clean underwear for tomorrow, but I am so thankful that I have a husband that over looks those days and thanks me continually for all that I do in this house to serve him and John.

When we serve others even if it is something as small as changing a diaper or something as great as feeding the poor we are showing Christ and being servants for Him. I know that God is growing me everyday in this area of servant hood, humbleness and the ministry of motherhood. This by far is one of the most humbling and selfless jobs I have ever done and I am honored that God called has called me into this ministry. The servant-hood and ministry of a Mother.