If there was ever a responsibility that demanded perseverance it is being a mom. I like to say it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. The hours are long. The job description is lengthy and ever-changing – from diapers to carpooling to helping with college admission forms. Oh yes, and the starting pay is usually peanut butter and jelly kisses and dandelion bouquets. As the years progress, the hope is that eventually you, mom, will experience positive feedback given by a grateful adult child…at least on one or two occasions.
Motherhood is not for sissies. The task of raising responsible adult children is not easy, but most of the things that have the potential for great reward fall into the “challenging” category. Motherhood is a challenge, an adventure, and it is a gift from God.
Recently I had the privilege of creating a daily devotional for Moms with the hope of joining you on the adventure. Like any good journey there are peaks and valleys – grand successes and times when you feel as if you have failed. I know this because I am a mom. I wrote this book so I could “hold your hand” as you walk through the maze of motherhood, the most important job you will ever have, the job of given to you by God.
Let me share a taste of Mother of the Year – 365 days of encouragement for devoted moms with you. As I thought of First Place, June 5th seemed to be a perfect fit.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud
of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us.
Years ago I decided to train for a 5K. My goal wasn’t impressive; it was to start and finish the race. If you’re a serious runner, you’re probably disappointed in me, but when the training began, I wasn’t even a serious walker…so I decided by goal was a good one.
I can’t report that the run was a delight, but I did enjoy reaching my goal. My success was the result of perseverance. More than once during the run I considered giving up. I wasn’t having fun, wasn’t feeling terrific, and definitely wasn’t winning.
There are times in your child’s life when she’ll feel like giving up. Maybe her schoolwork or her job or other responsibilities are no longer fun. Maybe she isn’t feeling great about showing up every day. Perhaps she’s also realized she simply isn’t winning.
That’s when perseverance comes into play. God wants you and your child to persevere, to run the race he has marked out for you.
If you’re on the path God designed for you, run with perseverance and encourage your child to do the same.
That’s just a sample. There are 365 more. But wait! Is that number correct? Yes, because I have actually written 366 (in spite of what the cover says!) After all, those Leap Year babies deserve a day in the devotional too.
Here is my invitation to you. Join me on this 366 day journey. My hope is you will find purpose, guidance, inspiration, and encouragement.
Kendra Smiley is a popular speaker and author, passionate about helping others “Make the Next Right Choice.” The always-active former Illinois Mother of the Year hosts a daily radio show, Live Life Intentionally, heard on over 350 stations. A sought after national and international speaker, she addresses thousands of women each year. Kendra and her husband John, a retired USAFR pilot, live on a farm in central Illinois. They have three married sons and ten grandchildren.