In the midst of the noise, crumbs and strewn toys, I know that I must remember my duty to my family. It is easy to fall into the doldrums- to get irritated back, to add to the noise, to feel as dreary as the cloudy winter skies outside. A Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision encourages me-
Here, it is my dutyMy job as a wife and mother may not seem all that grand to the world at large, yet I have an opportunity to impact the lives of 11 people everyday with my words and actions. God says that whether we eat or drink or whatever we do- changing diapers, sweeping up crumbs, rocking a baby, paying bills, making meals... should all be done to His glory. He is concerned with the every day, nitty gritty, mess of our lives. May my life, and yours, be a reflection of Him to our watching children, to a watching world. Then, and only then, will our duty also be a delight.
to be as Christ in this world,
to do what He would do,
to live as He would live,
to walk in love and meekness;
then would He be known,
then would I have peace in death.