Thursday, January 20, 2011

Are You "Just a Mom"?

If you've ever seen the movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, you may recall how the character called "Mahoney" accuses the hired accountant of being a "Just Guy".  When the accountant asks what that means, Mahoney explains that a "Just Guy" sees everything as non-spectacular.  That a store is "just a store", a toy is "just a toy", a tree is "just a tree".

Now, while I certainly don't believe in stores having feelings or toys coming to life, I do believe that we all have someone in our life trying to get us to buy the lie of the "Just Guy".

Have you ever struggled with the thought that you are "Just a mom"?  Or that you "just don't have what it takes"?  Or that you "Just can't..."

Whether you are a mom to one child or a mom to many...
whether you stay-at-home or work outside the home...
whether you homeschool or send your kids to a school...
we all have an Enemy who wants us to believe the "Just" lie.  

For each of us it sounds different...
"I just have one child."
"I just stay at home."
"I just send my kids to school."

But there is nothing non-spectacular about what you do.  Your role in your home is irreplaceable.  You are making a difference...even on days you feel like you "just don't know if you can do it anymore".

If we are striving to be excellent women (wherever we are and in whatever we do), our worth is "far more than rubies" (Proverbs 31:10).

As a mom, you are involved in Kingdom work.  Even though you can't see it, each day you are a part of a great plan that effects eternity.  The sacrifices of today are seeds being sown into the generations to follow.

So next time you find yourself thinking you are "just a mom" or "just not good enough" ask yourself if a ruby is "just a ruby"?  Or is it really a desirable, precious jewel that you would be honored to have and hold in your hands?

Then remember...that's what your Jesus thinks about you!



12 comments:

Harter said...

What a beautiful post! I often feel like 'just a mom' and this brought on tears. Thank you.

Our Crazy Bunch said...

I wanted to say thank you for this post. That is exactly how I have been feeling lately. Very beautifully written.

Julie said...

Great reminder Grace!! We have a high calling as moms!!

JillAileenJones said...

I miss so much reading your blogs-I think of you often and pray that you are doing well and feeling well.
Hope you have a great day-thank you for reminding me that I have the greatest job and calling I could ever have-being a mom.
Love you dear friend-praying that today is a great day for you!!
Love Jill

Megan said...

And as someone who is not a mom yet herself but feels like a parent (as I am a "surrogate parent" to 20 school children during the day) and really wants to be a mom at home instead, I find myself thinking "You are not just a teacher." So when i think of moms, I don't think "just a mom" at all! (the grass is greener on the other side and I am pending on God's timing) Instead, I struggle with my not being a mom yet myself and how this threatens my identity sometimes. In all cases-the bottom line is listening and believing Truth!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I struggle with this sometimes. Though I know my job as a Mama is the most important one I could have, sometimes I listen to the lies others voice about not being productive if you're not contributing financially, and the sort. Thank you for always being so uplifting. You are such a joy!

Allana Martian said...

How wonderfully, beautifully written! Thank you!

Juiceboxes and Wipes said...

Grace,
This made me smile....I needed this today! Glad to see you posting again!
Nicki

cooperkelly4 said...

love this! Content to be exactly what He has called me to be: His daughter, his wife, their Mom. ♥

{:miss v:} said...

Hi Grace! Wanted to let you know that you have an award over at my blog!

Have a happy Saturday!

Michelle said...

Don't know if you realize how much your encouraging blogs minister to others--so wanted to tell you. Thank you! Thank you for putting your thoughts down and the challenges you face and putting them in the proper perspective--God's perspective! So many verses come to mind. Ephesians 4:29, Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11. God bless you and your family mightily!
Shelly

Jenn said...

So glad I just stumbled across your blog--what a beautiful and much needed post! :)

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