I recently read a book called 7 Women. It is a collection of biographies of seven women (you could have probably guessed..) who led extraordinary lives. The most famous women included were Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, and Joan of Arc. They all led extremely different lives in extremely different time periods, but there was a common thread that connected them all. They were not afraid of saying “yes” to God, even in the small things.
(I’m not going to go into more detail about the book in this blog post, but I highly recommend that you read it! It is informational and inspiring. Click here to check it out. *affiliate link*)
Once I finished the book, I stepped back and took a look at my own life. Instead of being met with frustration that my life wasn’t as big or awesome as Joan of Arc or Corrie ten Boom, I was met with conviction.
Day to day, there are a lot of small yeses that I am choosing to say no to.
When my kids ask me to play Chutes and Ladders instead of doing the dishes?
When my kids ask me to come lay in their bed for an extra ten minutes at night?
When God urges me to share something with someone?
Just like the seven women mentioned before said “yes” to a lot of seemingly little things, I’m saying “no” to a lot of seemingly little things. Instead of my yeses turning into an extraordinary story of God’s faithfulness, my nos are adding up to show my selfishness and sin nature.
A lot of times as a mother, it is easy to get frustrated with the lack of progress, achievement or recognition that the job comes with. It’s easy for me to look at the workforce, or the mission field, or social media.. and think: “What can I achieve that will bring me joy?”
What I am not realizing when these thoughts enter my head however, is that I am already where God wants me to be. Becoming a stay at home mom, or a mom in general, was God’s plan for this season of my life all along.
There is a reason that I am not out doing long-term international missions or climbing the corporate ladder. There is a reason that my days aren’t filled with what the world would deem as exciting. I’m doing the work that God has laid out for me in advance.
So as we go about our day to day, especially the seemingly monotonous routines of motherhood, I urge you (and myself) to say “yes” to God, and where He’s put you right now. It may not look extraordinary right now, but a lot of little yeses can add up to one great story.
Do you find yourself getting tired, and saying no? How do you deal with the monotony of motherhood? Let me know in the comments below – and follow along with my motherhood journey on Instagram!