Hello Fellow Mom,
Do you feel like you are the queen of your castle..(aka home)? Do you feel like your husband or children owe you honor and recognition? Do you demand it and make it a point to have "girl" time away from your family to "recharge" your batteries?
That is one perspective that many Christian mom's would be embarrassed to admit to having...but there is also another perspective that is the complete opposite but just as detrimental.
Do you ever feel under appreciated? Do you ever feel like what you do in your day is not noticed? Do you ever feel like you want to "take a break" from being a mom....even if it's just for a day? Do you complain to your hubby that you need more "me" time?
Do any of the above questions make you feel like your worth exceeds that of your family or your self esteem is shot or non-existent?
Here are some great reminders grounded in truth!
- God has called me to be a servant, not a queen who is owed adoration and praise (Luke 22:26)
- I have been commanded to love and appreciate others, not to be loved and appreciated (John 13 and 15; 2 Cor 2:8)
- Since others have been commanded to love me, I must seek to make their task easy by serving and caring for them (Mathew 22:38-40)
- My desire for the praise of man is just that: a desire. It isn't a need. Everything that I truly need has been given to me in Christ (Luke 12:29-30; 2 Peter 1:2-4)
-I need to be focused more on being thankful for what the Lord and others have done for me (Psalm28:7)
- I must seek to lay down my life in response to God's lovingkindness (Luke 9:23-24)
- The desire for praise is an avenue for sin that I must guard against (the book of Esther; Mathew 27:18)
- When I believe that I need praise, appreciation or acceptance from others I become enslaved to their opinions. That slavery will hinder my ability to speak truth in love to them (John 12:42-43)
(from Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick)