3.15.2013

Forgetting the Joy

You know, you forget how much JOY comes from being a mother.  You know, those items that are generally on a busy "to do" list? 

laundry
preparing meals for the family
taking care of an 18 month old
grocery shopping
mopping the floor
doing the dishes
playing games with your bored 5 year old
driving the kids around to their various activities
making the bed
scrubbing bathrooms
pulling weeds
washing windows

Until these responsibilities are taken away from you, I think you forget how fulfilling they really are.   This week, and especially today, having these things removed from my life has been really hard.  These activities are truly where I get my greatest satisfaction.  I'm trying to be patient, to enjoy the "break" and to use the time wisely for other things I can do.  But that fulfilled feeling is missing at the end of my day. 

I will be so grateful to load the dishes, mop the floor, and drive the kids around once the pain is gone.  Until then, I will do what I can to fill my spirit and heal my body so that there will be such a day and so I can welcome it with open arms.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I'll go do my chores with more JOY today because of you. Hope you feel better very soon!

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  2. I'm working on this right now, inspired by your blog and by reading Stephanie Nielson's memoir _Heaven Is Here_. She writes nieniedialogues.com and came the youth conference where D and I presented. I've never followed her blog, but knew who she was and after hearing her spoke decided to read her book. It's been a good reminder to appreciate all that my body can do and all that I can do with it to serve my children and husband and be a mother and wife. I appreciate the little doses of the same that I get from reading your blog. Thank you!! and feel better!

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  3. Okay, can I just say that I really should have proofread my comment?! Please excuse the typos! "came TO the youth conference" "hearing her SPEAK"

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