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By   •   September 1, 2004

Q:

I'd always looked forward to being a mother, but to be honest, I hate it. Our 2-year-old doesn't give me a minute's rest, and the baby is always cranky. I thought it would be fun to be a mother, but I'm exhausted. Please pray I'll have patience.


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I suspect almost every mother reading this can sympathize with you, for (as you’ve discovered) being a mother is one of the hardest, most demanding jobs in the world. Children aren’t pets; they aren’t here just to amuse us or give us enjoyment.

Yes, I will pray that God will give you patience—but I will be praying that God will give you a new attitude, as well. You see, our children aren’t only hard work; they also are an important responsibility—a responsibility given to us by God. The Bible says, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3). Can anything be more important than helping shape our world’s next generation?

Begin by turning your life over to Christ. He knows the pressures you feel and He loves you and your family. He also wants to come into your life and help you see your children from His point of view. More than that, He wants to give you wisdom, so that your children will grow up to be men and women who want to love and serve Him.

In addition, ask God to help you find practical ways to cope with pressure. Learn from other mothers (perhaps in your church), and set aside time daily to be alone with God. The Bible’s promise is true: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31).

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