When Sunday is Over

Thank God it’s Monday (TGIM).

Every new day is a gift from God, and every new week brings fresh opportunities to reflect God’s glory in our day-to-day lives.

As we approach a new workweek, each one of us has an important mission in the marketplace. When we do our jobs with excellence and integrity and diligence, we reflect the craftsmanship of God.

“He created us to work and to worship… For us, work is worship”

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul,
therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24

Weary Moms, Take Heart!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Today is another normal day.

For Mom’s of small kids, normal is hard.

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Normal is demanding.

Normal is draining.

And normal can often be discouraging,

Mainly because normal is so exhausting.

If that’s you, I hope you know how incredibly rewarding your normal days are for all those you serve.

As you walk into another normal day, here’s what I believe God would want you to know:

He sees, He knows, and He rejoices your normal, mundane days. He will reward you for all your hard work and labor:

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

Be encouraged as you enter another “normal” day.

God sees your work. God sees your love. God sees your service. And God is with you. One day your children will look back and rise up to call you blessed for all your normal days (Prov. 31:28)

Here’s the note I gave to my wife yesterday; her normal is anything but normal to me. It leaves me constantly amazed:

“The work never ends
for a mom of small kids

The cooking, the cleaning,
the constant repeating

The messes, the stresses
the mid-night regresses

The joy and the laughter,
the sweet “ever-after”

You do it all
with such love
and such grace

Leaving me, constantly,
ever AMAZED.

Weary moms, take heart: You are amazing.

And most importantly, God is with you. May He strengthen you with grace for another “normal” day, for His glory!

Monday Mundane: Encouragement for Moms

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I can hear the vacuum cleaner running in the downstairs hallway, even as I make my preparations to enter the day. My wife is doing her regular Monday cleaning after a fun-filled weekend with the family.

Another Monday has arrived.

Another week has begun.

Another mess is being cleaned up.

Finding Meaning In the Mundane

My wife spends much of her time taking care of messes that other people have made. Among the 6 individuals in our household, I am convinced that she contributes the least to all of the messes in our home. Yet, she does the majority of the clean-up work.

Mondays must feel quite mundane at times for my wife and for many moms. On the other hand, if we look closely enough at the stuff of normal, everyday life, there is so much significance.

Young children don’t clothe themselves, dishes don’t magically arrive clean in the cupboard, spills don’t get wiped up on their own, the laundry baskets don’t empty themselves, and food doesn’t just appear fully-prepared on a plate.

Somebody has to clean up the mess; someone who is a lot like Jesus.

The Heart of God In the Soul of a Mom

When I see my wife hard at work, I see Jesus.

When she is cleaning dishes she didn’t use, washing clothes she didn’t wear, and picking up toys she obviously didn’t play with, I’m reminded of the heart of God. I’m reminded of my Savior. I see Jesus in her.

Here’s the amazing reality of the gospel:

Jesus came into this world to clean up a mess he didn’t make.

Though he had never sinned, (1 Tim. 1:15) Jesus came into this world to save sinners (Hebrews 4:15).

He didn’t come to be served. He came to serve. He came to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

It was sacrificial love. It was self-giving love.

Jesus’ love is a lot like what I see in my wife, the mom of 4 wonderfully-messy kids and, many times, a selfish husband.

Who takes care of the sick in our household? Mom does.

Who comforts the kids when they get hurt? Mom does.

Who cleans up the messes she doesn’t make? Mom does.

And so does Jesus. The gospel is such good news, and it brings so much meaning into even the most mundane moments of everyday life!

Weary Mom, the next time you feel overwhelmed by the mountain of messes surrounding you, remember Jesus Christ. He’s right there with you, providing meaning in the midst of the mundane. And you don’t have to look very far to see a glimpse of the love of Christ.

Just look in the mirror.

Thank you, Moms, for helping the rest of us see more of Jesus.