Sometimes being a CWM hurts- like gut-deep hurting. Like- I feel it in my soul. Sometimes-I feel like I am running on a treadmill that is going nowhere, while my kids skip by with me and I am grasping for them and I want so desperately for someone to say to me- "Liz, you are okay. It is okay that you work full-time. Your kids are awesome. They know you love them. You teach them about Christ.
You share with them about your job and how God is there in it. You are a good Mom, you are a good Mom, YOU.ARE.A.GOOD.MOM."
I hurt in my heart some days because I feel like I am never enough. Never
enough in my job, never enough at home, never enough at church. I have God-sized dreams that are about to explode in me and I have a schedule that says- YOU.HAVE.NO.TIME. Sometimes I feel trapped in this season and I wonder- just as my friend says to me over coffee last weekend- "Is it really God's design for me to be a working Mom?" And I cannot confidently answer her right away, because that is the little question that haunts me as well.
We look at each other and smile because although we struggle, we are both strong in Christ and we move on in our conversation- knowing that it is okay to have these questions and also okay to not have the answers. We talk about how funny our boys are, how much joy they bring us, how we are trying to make the most of our mornings, evening and weekend Mommy time but sometimes feel like we are drowning. BUT- we keep laughing, encouraging and sharing what is in our hearts. We look into each other's eyes and SEE each other and LOVE each other and ACCEPT each other- JUST.AS.WE.ARE. I leave feeling full and ready to tackle the sink full of dishes, the boys waiting up for me, the lunches to be packed and the work to plan for.
I come home and my little guy says- "Yay! Mommy is home! I am SO HAPPY!" My six year old tackles me with his gangly legs and almost knocks me over and says- "Mommy- can I have some Skittles! Are you gonna read to us? I want to show you what I made while you were gone!" And there it is- that message I need to hear- "You. Are. A. Good. Mother"- right there in those little boys and their welcoming arms.
And that night- my 6 year old wants to hear more of my "client stories" (I work with people with disabilities and he likes to learn about them) and then they both want to learn the Lord's prayer and even though it is almost 10pm and I have let bedtime stretch WAY too late, I am at peace in my world and my role.
And- IN.GOD'S.DESIGN for me at this moment. God answered that question for me in that moment. And when the house was quiet and I was still prepping for the week- I felt peace and joy and it was enough for that moment.
Ladies- we cannot give up on each other. We need each other. In community and in the body of Christ, THIS is where we can find the grace we need to handle this tension of working and mothering.
And- we need to look for what I am going to call Anchor Points. Moments in our days, where we see clearly or CHOOSE to see God's fingerprints, love and reassurance. We need to BANK our emotions and our peace of mind on those moments and FRAME them with thanksgiving and praising God- these are moments to worship and we can build little altars where we die to the lies that we are not enough, IN. THESE. MOMENTS.
And we can look back and we can see the beautiful masterpiece that God is skillfully and mysteriously painting on our lives as CWM's. Being a Mother and Working- these two can cause some tension- but let's stay connected in the Body of Christ and let's Look for and Honor those Anchor Points where God reminds us that He is here and enough and let's Worship God and Glorify God IN THOSE MOMENTS...
I love you ladies! Don't be discouraged!
And just in case you need something to make you smile- check out this little ham: