Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Home is steadfast and secure. It can be anywhere your family is, in any city, in any country. And with that "home" comes trouble. There is heavy labor, and financial woes. There are aches of the heart and of the body. . . These are the sorrows that never seem to go away. But the joy of the family is home.
Many of us are busy with spring cleaning. It is overwhelming because it is extra work, in addition to our daily routine. There are clothes to sort and discard. There are closets to empty and clean. There are window sills to vacuum and wash. And perhaps a few rooms need a fresh coat of paint. It can be a heavy burden if we don't plan for it, or have enough cheerful helpers to make it a fun adventure.
Yet some of our normal routines are also exhausting and difficult. Hanging laundry on the clothesline, or on the backs of kitchen chairs (on cold, rainy days) can wear us out. We spend hours in housekeeping, cooking and hospitality. Hopefully we love our work, but sometimes there are tears along with smiles. This is the reality of life.
There are no ordinary days. Even when they all seem like a blur of the same.
Dreams for better days, and visions of happy events will always be in our hearts. This keeps us joyful.
We find peace and comfort in the monotony of our chores. We liven them up with the personalities and efforts of our creativity, and of our willingness to bring happiness to those around us.
Every time we wash dishes, or sweep the porch, we take one baby step closer to our heavenly reward. This brings us the greatest sense of accomplishment and a soaring joy that few can understand.
We Mothers need to be here - for the good times and the bad. We need to be the foundation of the family; the one that holds it all together, creating a warm, cheerful light in spite of a dark society.
"As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." - II Corinthians 6:10
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