You know who I want to give a shout-out to?
The mother whose hard work goes unseen.
The one who rises before her household and makes daily preparations for her people while they continue to sleep.
The mother whose brow sweats before she even steps foot out of the house.
The one who tends to other bodies and minds, souls and hearts with little time to tend to her own.
The mother who sets aside the big important things to tend to the little important things that don’t always feel like they matter.
The one who wrestles her kids into the car only to have to pull one out again to change a dirty diaper of maneuver a child’s change of clothes. Whose feet create well-worn impressions between the driveway and house when she repeatedly treks back and forth to retrieve all the forgotten things.
The mother who pours and pours and pours without anyone noticing she needs a refill.
The one who sits down last to eat, if she sits at all, and is the first to get back to work.
The mother who stands, and bends, and scrubs, dirtying her hands while her household remains blissfully unaware of the work being done.
The one who is desperate for a break, but cannot rest even when she gets one because her mind will not let her forget all that needs doing.
The mother who stays up well after the house has gone quiet in order to cross a few more things off her endless list of duties. Who squeezes the last drop of energy from her body and brain.
The one who slips into bed in the dark where she settles in to do the work of processing, planning, and praying.
The mother whose hard work is never done. Who keeps going when she doesn’t want to. Who does what needs doing even when no one notices.
I’d shout it from the rooftops if I could, but the laptop will have to do.
Your hard work matters. All of it. And so do you.
Because no matter what the world says; no matter what it’s focus is on; no matter how underappreciated you feel, God says your hard work is of utmost importance. He sees it. He sees YOU.
And the work he gives you is never wasted.
P.S. He also says it’s okay to speak up and ask for help. You weren’t meant to do it all alone.