Being a mom is anything but easy. Late, long nights feeding a newborn, potty training a toddler, quizzing for tomorrow’s spelling test, and comforting a broken heart are just a few of a mom’s difficult tasks in shepherding our children.
If we’re not careful, we can miss the priorities – and with them, the joys – that go with being a mother, simply because our world is too crammed with stuff. Stuff that is often good, but many times not the best. Very rarely does someone regret spending too much time with their children.
And yet, how often do we secretly hope our child will quietly watch that DVD so that we can finish blogging or reading e-mails? How often do we wish we could enjoy a relaxed evening at home with the family, but once again, there’s a pile of laundry calling our name, the dishes are still in the sink, and the dog threw up again? Too often, for many of us.
I am convinced that in this era of lightning-speed convenience, one of the best methods of being the moms God has called us to – and the mom we sincerely want to be – is by living a simple life. A life uncluttered, able to hear the birds outside, free to play hide-and-seek with the children, available to take a meal to our neighbors in need. Simplicity. Filling our life with the necessary excellences, and questioning all the rest.
A simple life is not easy to do – not by any stretch. Especially in this era and in this culture. But if we make it a priority, it can be done, and we can do it well.
I don’t mean being we should be anti-tech or deny ourselves of the aesthetics we love. In fact, we could use technology available to us to make the best use of our time, and we can surround ourselves with beauty and inspiration in order to create order and not chaos. These both could greatly simplify our life, if we use them well.
This blog is dedicated to encouraging moms towards simplicity in their high calling.
Art by Jana Christy