But the difficulty of it is SO not the point. What job isn’t difficult, tedious, or wearing at least part of the time? The joy comes when I look past what’s hard to envision the result of all that effort. And the scriptural statement is a fact: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4).
I love being a mom. I can say that without equivocation, without even thinking about it. But that doesn’t mean I am deliriously happy in every moment of my momness. There are times when I hate what I have to do—the challenges I have to confront, the hard discussions I have to initiate, the consequences I have to enforce. There are times when the work of running a household bores me. There are plenty of times when being the mom just plain wears me out. Perhaps the most important thing I ever learned about being a mom was that it was okay for me to feel that way—that it was not disloyal for me to admit that the mom job is a hard one.
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