*The term “Grateful in the Grind” is inspired by a recent sermon by pastor Craig Groeschel of Life.Church.
As a SAHM of two toddlers, I often find myself exhausted by the daily grind of motherhood.
With a 1-year old and 2-year old, I dream about the day when life will be easier. Someday, I will no longer have two children in diapers. I won’t have to supervise my children every moment of every day, or load and unload them into car seats. Someday, strollers and diaper bags will be a thing of the past. But not today…
What Does It Mean To Be Grateful In The Grind Of Motherhood?
Being “grateful in the grind” means being fully present, in the here and now. It means not trying to live in the past or live in the future.
If you are going through a difficult season in life, embrace it, instead of trying to wish it away.
What sleep-deprived mother hasn’t wished the newborn stage away, so that mom and baby could finally get a decent night’s sleep?
What 2 under 2 mother hasn’t wished that phase of life away, so that she no longer has two in diapers?
What toddler mom hasn’t wished the Terrible Two’s away, so that she no longer has to deal with a headstrong toddler intent on pushing boundaries and asserting his or her independence?
The truth is, as mothers, we all reach our breaking points. We all wish that life could be just a little bit easier sometimes. That is ok. It makes us human.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t wonder what my life will be like 5 years from now, when my son and daughter are 6 and 7, and attending elementary school.
But focusing on the future too much, or believing that when such-and-such happens, life will be better, can lead to dangerous thinking.
Why It Is So Important to be Grateful in the Grind
What you will find, is that as soon as you reach a certain milestone in life, there is always another milestone on the horizon.
For example, when your kids are school-aged, suddenly you look forward to when they graduate elementary school, then it’s middle school, and finally high school.
If you are always thinking about the future, you can never be content in the present.
These moments now, they matter.
We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.
You don’t want to look back on your life and realize that you wasted the time you had, always anticipating the “next big thing.”
So here I sit, a SAHM of two toddlers, resolving to be “grateful in the grind” of motherhood. Resolving to remember that each day is amazing and special and a gift from God.
Yes, there is exhaustion and frustration on my daily journey. But there are also smiles and laughter, and new discoveries. Most of all, there is love.
Do you ever feel worn out by the demands of motherhood? What do you think of the “grateful in the grind” concept?