We’re heading into February. Gone is the glow of Christmas and the excitement of starting a new year, a new decade. We’re left with snow that is no longer beautiful, white and new, and cold air that chills the bones. Everything in me wants to hunker down in a warm blanket and forget the world. And honestly, I’ve been tempted to do just that. It seems that everyone has a mission, a calling. Then there’s me. I’m here, a mother of five little ones, simply doing the same things, day after day, week after week. Maybe you’re like me?

I am often tempted to believe the world’s lies, that there should be something bigger and better for me, or at least that my everyday tasks at home are trivial. If I curl up in a blanket and ignore my children for a while, what does it really matter? If I find a more important use for my time than making dinner and cleaning my house, all the better. If during these winter months my kids fight a little more, my husband runs out of clean socks frequently, and I feed my family a steady diet of mac n’ cheese, ramen and cereal, that’s ok. It’s dreary outside and these mundane tasks don’t hold much importance anyway. Right? Wrong. 

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.”

This verse tells us that we are to work heartily as for the Lord. God has given us the responsibilities that we have as wives and mothers. In Proverbs, we are called to work tirelessly for our household, to do our husbands good, and to train our children. These aren’t mundane tasks that should receive our halfhearted attention. We must not abdicate our duty in search of a better calling. This calling is good, it is a glorious work.

Don’t let the dreary months allow you to grow weary. When the children fight, discipline them, teach them about God and how they are sinning against Him. When your flesh entices you to be lazy on the couch, discipline yourself, get up and do laundry. When making dinner seems like the last thing you want to do, make your family’s favorite meal. Shower good gifts on your family, just as God our Father does for us.

When we do grow weary, remember Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Love, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Rethorn

Author Elizabeth Rethorn

Elizabeth Rethorn shares great insights about joyful mothering, because she is one of the most joyful mothers out there. God has blessed her and her husband Jonathan with four happy kiddos too, plus one on the way. Her mothering journey began when she first turned 23 with baby #1...and baby #2 arrived before she even turned 24! Elizabeth is a kid-at-heart as she delights in eating an ice cream cone every evening, spinning the cotton candy at church functions, and enjoying candy as much as her toddlers.

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