This morning as everyone sleeps I sit down to work on my computer. I am trying to finish countless projects while keeping quiet so everyone can rest. The kids have been sick and my husband has worked some crazy shifts. Something occurred to me as I sat down to work this morning. You can learn more about a mom in the quiet moments than you can by her Facebook or her actions in public.
Mom in the Quiet Moments
Quiet doesn’t come often as a mom. The kids are loud, work has to get down, sicknesses hit, the house expects to be cleaned. It can be a busy hustle. That said, there are quiet moments. They may be fleeting but there are moments in the day when no one expects anything of you. For me, these typically come in the moments early in the morning before the kids get up and late at night before I finally collapse.
These quiet moments will say more about a mom than anything, though. What do you do with them? Are you rushing to finish the last few dishes? Are you trying to pick up your bible for the first time in a long time? Maybe for you, it’s a hustle to knock out projects that just didn’t get done. These moments matter, though. You matter.
When no one is looking. When you could sit down with a big bowl of ice cream and you choose not to, that matters.
It can get exhausting to hustle and work beyond the day to day. Your family may never see you in those quiet moments. They may never know the time and work you invest, but I promise it matters. If you are working in the quiet moments, be encouraged. There are moms all over the country working too.
When my kids are grown and my life is nothing but quiet moments, the work I did in the quiet moments will matter.
It will matter that I worked extra to pay for special outings because those are the memories they will take with them. It will matter that I cleaned a little more because they will see what a home can look like. It will matter that I chose to use that time because it means that their lives will be better.
My whole goal as a mom has been to rewrite a legacy. I want to give them more than I had and opportunities I never dreamed of.
This means that the quiet moments become a different time for me. These moments are legacy rewriters. These are the moments when I invest in the future without anyone knowing. If you are working in the quiet moments, know that you are investing in the future and that is worth the time.
If you are stressing the quiet moments, be encouraged. You matter and these moments matter. They aren’t always easy but you aren’t alone. You are making investments into your future.
One of my readers, Sara said the following and I just love it:
“I have to remind myself in the quiet moments when I am feeling trampled all over and unappreciated, that I am doing this (work in the quiet moments) so I can be fully present in the not quiet moments… so I can be physically and emotionally available when they need me.”
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