I was able to grab a moment today. I am reading Romans and have reached my favorite part: chapter 12. That first verse the the chapter is one that speaks loudly to every mom out there. Its a verse we can really be encouraged by.
Joy, a friend of mine on the mission field reported on her blog that she is caring for 5 "very sick" kids right now. You came to my mind today, Joy. So did you, Tera. "I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship." When you pull your body out of bed for the 10th time, or at some horribly early hour and offer your kids kindness and patience and mercy and compassion it is an act of worship. The Lord honors you for it.
And Romans 6:13 also came to mind. "...offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness." Your arms, when you hold your child. Your tongue when you comfort or discipline your child. Your legs, when you walk to their room even though your body is screaming for sleep. Your shoulder to lay their head on. Every part is an instrument for righteousness. Nothing is a more physical demonstration of living out the gospel than when we meet the physical needs of our children.
I pray you continue in your ministry to your children and that you are encouraged today.