As a busy homeschooling mom working part-time to provide for my family, I find that the smallest things can bring some of the greatest joys–like hearing my kids singing a hymn together in the kitchen while they make breakfast, or feeling the warmth of the gas fireplace on a chilly day, or seeing a blanket of fresh-fallen snow outside when I wake up in the morning.
Even finding the perfect recipe for making waffles on our new waffle maker–batter that’s not too heavy or thick or runny–can make my day a little sunnier. Why does this matter?
It’s because as moms we’ve chosen to invest substantially in motherhood–this means we’re doing laundry, cooking, cleaning up, teaching, training, wiping noses, nursing babies, bandaging little boo-boos, saying “I love you” often, praying with our children as we tuck them in bed at night–all things which can seem so small and insignificant in the day-to-day scheme of things.
Because of this, we need to be reminded that the little things matter. They add up to a life of faithfulness, and the sum total of all the little expressions of love, and the sacrifices and daily dyings to self we engage in as mothers add up to a huge weight of impact on the lives of our children.
When we forget this, we have a God who is there when we’re tempted to ask Him, “What difference am I really making with my life?” He hears our cries; He knows our need to be reminded that He cares about the little things in our lives, just like we care about all those little things in our family’s life.
That’s why, in a moment of stillness in a crazy, busy day–perhaps hearing the song of a early spring songbird, or smelling the fresh scent of rain after the storm has passed, reading a simple promise in Scripture, and yes, finding the perfect waffle recipe after years of searching–really does matter. Just like what you do matters…so very much.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” ~Galatians 6:9