To the mom who feels like church is a waste of time, I feel that. I know how it feels to leave church with a screaming child and wondering why I even tried in the first place.
I have been there through the moments of exhaustion, embarrassment and frustration.
I know how it feels to be “that mom” in the church…
I think we all know who I’m talking about too. It’s not Mary with her perfectly behaved 10 year old, although I’m sure Mary has seen her days of struggle too. It’s not Kim with the newborn who sleeps the entire service, but best believe her days are coming!
Instead, it’s Lauren with her one year old that missed his morning nap. She does everything she can to console him but he isn’t having it. He throws a tantrum right there in the pew and suddenly Lauren feels like a failure. She holds back the tears as she scurries to the car wondering yet again why she even bothered.
It’s also Morgan with 3 young children. The baby is teething, the toddler is restless and her 4 year just spilled his entire bag of cheerios. Morgan cries the entire way home and tells herself she can’t go back.
Why should she go back? If every Sunday feels like a failure then what is the point?
God sees your efforts, mama
Through the struggles, desperation, and cries for help God sees it all. Just when you begin to give up, God starts to show you reasons to keep going.
He shows you through the candy lady who is always willing to share her goodies at just the right time.
He shows you through the sweet ladies in the back pew who are eager to lend a helping hand.
He shows you through the many special singers, warm welcomes and the pastor who is never bothered by the noisy children.
God shows you that you are never alone in this community of the most loving and caring people. You don’t know it yet in the midst of the chaos, but soon you will start to see that it was never just a waste of time.
It Will Hit You By Surprise
Your heart will skip a beat when out of the blue your 3 year old starts talking about baby Jesus.
It skips a few more when he decides to start saving his money for the church offering. You begin to wonder if maybe just maybe you are doing something right.
Week by week you begin to come back but there’s a different atmosphere that you can’t remember feeling before.
The chaos is still there, the people are still the same. You are still “that mom” in the church. Why, oh why does it feel so much different now?
You have finally realized that its much more than just a trip of tears and spilled cheerios.
It’s the spirit of Jesus, the beauty in the midst of chaos, and the growth of a precious soul.
A growth that wouldn’t be possible if you had simply gave up.
Sweet, Sweet Mama. Don’t Give Up.
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