There’s a phrase that I’m trying to break myself from saying. It tends to seep out of my mouth when I am weary and frustrated that my to do list is the same size in the afternoon as it was in the morning.
“I can’t get anything done today!”
Inevitably the reason that I feel I can’t get anything done on a given day has to do with the more in-the-trenches jobs of mothering. You know, the kind that leave you really tired and touched out and in need of a quiet room with a soft pillow.
Truly, those days aren’t easy. They can be frustrating. But I’m really trying to remember that on the days when I haven’t gotten anything done, I’ve accomplished some tremendous things.
When My To Do List Becomes a Taskmaster
I love making to do lists and crossing things off. That sense of being productive and organized just feels so neat and tidy. Controlled would be another way to put it.
But as in so many other facets of motherhood, so much is really out of my control. I’m here in our home serving and training up these dear little people, and the littlest of those seem to lack the same appreciation for a to do list that I have.
My babies and younger children don’t care that I have three different lists of responsibilities that I feel I need to attend do, and under each heading are 7-10 individual tasks. They aren’t concerned with my projects and my deadlines.
They just want me.
But I, on the other hand, sometimes get into the mindset that these little ones are hindering me from doing the stuff that I really need to do. Their needs and cries and constant requests are getting in the way of all of these important and necessary jobs that I have to get done.
If I focus on that to do list, I find myself muttering that phrase up above. “I can’t get anything done today!”
I Accomplish So Much When My To Do List Remains
As I said, I’m continually making efforts to stop that thought in its tracks when I start to get frustrated that my tasks aren’t being completed.
Why? Because to say that I’m not getting anything done when my children require my attention is a lie. It is false. And it lessens the work that is of utmost importance in my role as a mom.
When I can’t get the jobs on my to do list done, it might be because I have a teething baby, a sick child, or an overwhelmed toddler. The dishes may pile up. The laundry may not get done. Supper may not get cooked.
But I accomplished so much.
I met the needs of my child. I comforted my hurting baby. I helped a little one feel secure in a world that can be big and overwhelming. I made my children feel safe and loved.
I taught lessons on trust and compassion. I modeled patience, and if I failed, I modeled repentance. I brought to life the Scriptures that instruct us to serve the weak, love at all times, and value the young.
I reinforced to my children that it is a great thing to put the needs of others before our own. I allow them to see the struggle to not be weary in well doing. I prove to them that fierce love will compel us to lay aside our own plans for the sake of another.
These are not minor things. In fact, there could be few lessons greater.
I get so much done when I just am caring for my children.
Momma friends, do you sometimes struggle with the days when you “can’t get anything done”?
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This post is part of the 31-Day series, An Extended Stay, where I invite you into my heart and into my home through the whole month of October.
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