(Ripples of Joy)
Are you a mother? Do you ever wonder if you accomplish much each day, when you see the floor that did not get polished, or the laundry not put away? If you sometimes feel discouraged, I have a few questions to ask of you – perhaps it’s time to take a look at all the things you do.
Did you fold a paper plane? Did you wash a sticky face? Did you help your child pick up toys and put them in their place? Did you pull a wagon, push a swing, or build a blanket tent? Then, mother, let me tell you that your day was quite well spent.
Did you turn the TV off and send the children out to play? And then watch them from the window as you prayed about their day? When they tracked mud on your kitchen floor, did you try hard not to scold? Did you snuggle close as prayers were said and bedtime stories told?
Did you wipe a tear? Did you pat a little head? Did you kiss a tender cheek as you tucked your children into bed? Did you thank God for your blessings, for your children, heaven sent? Then rest assured, dear mother, your time was quite well spent.
Did you make them brush their teeth today? Did you comb tangles from her hair? Did you tell them always do what’s right, though life’s not always fair? Did you quiz her on her spelling words, as you tried hard not to yawn? Did you marvel at how tall he is, and wonder where the childhood has gone?
Did you buy another gallon of milk? Was that broccoli that you cooked? Did you straighten your son’s tie and tell him how handsome he looked? Did you hold your tearful daughter when her teenage heart was broken? Did you help her find some peace of mind, although few words were spoken?
Did you help her choose a college and get the applications sent? Did you feel wistful at how quickly the time went? Did you help her pack a suitcase, and try hard not to cry? Did you tell her that you love her as you hugged her goodbye?
Do you hold them in your prayers although your arms must let them go? Do you tell them that you love them, so that they will always know? To make a home where love abides is a great accomplishment, and to serve God as a mother is to live a life well spent.