Some days as a mother you will face mole hills and some days you will face mountains.
It is all in how you approach the mountains and mole hills and how you climb them and overcome them as to the example you leave for those watching.
There are days that you see mountains and mole hills everywhere you turn. The mountain of mail and papers sitting on the counter, the mountain of laundry that is overflowing, the mountain of dirty dishes that are never ending, the toddler that is screaming and saying no to everything, the baby that will not sleep day or night, the potty training 2 year old that is determined to go potty everywhere in the house except the potty, the dogs that track mud in and leave paw prints, the teenagers that need something and it is always right now or already late, maybe it is aging parents that are forgetful or having health issues, maybe you are dealing with bringing a parent into your home or choosing to put them in a care facility, maybe you have a loved one going through a health crisis. It can be exhausting to deal with all the mountains and mole hills.
Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations? Maybe all of them even on the same day.
With 5 children I can find myself in many of these situations each and every day at times.
Sometimes the little mole hills turn into mountains because you are already stressed about a mountain that you have already dealt with.
If we let ourselves get overly stressed by these mountains and mole hills then we can find ourselves sick, moody, and cause many other issues.
There are highs and lows of everyday. I like to ask our kids at the dinner table each night what their low of the day was. After we discuss their lows and work through any problems then we discuss our highs. It is always fun to go around the table and see how the day played out for everyone. Sometimes when it is my turn the kids can answer for me. They may say oh I know your low was when “…. happened, right mom?” Normally they can guess because when mountains and mole hills occur I don’t always deal well with it and it shows in my actions.
At times we have to pull back from a mountain and rest and nourish our mind and soul. If I take a moment to pray or turn on a christian song or even sing as scary as that may be 🙂 it helps me to deal with the mountain a little better. I may see through all the negatives of the mountain I am trying to overcome. Maybe I see the testy teenagers side of the argument or problem. Maybe I realize the laundry and dishes are a blessing that we have food and I have healthy children that like to eat. I may realize the toddler is at least learning what it feels like to potty even though it isn’t in the correct place and the floor needed deep cleaning anyway. Maybe the parents that are aging just need more time with me and I need to take the time to enjoy them right here and right now. Maybe the sick loved one is a sign that I need to thank God for good healthcare and the fact that I have this person in my life. You can change your outlook on the situation just by stepping back taking a deep breath and letting God take over the situation.
Psalm 62:5 says “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”
With the help of the Lord we can take on those mountains and mole hills of life.
Don’t let every mole hill become a mountain in Motherhood.
Be an example and show those watching how to deal with mountains and mole hills of life.