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(MC55)

Wednesday, September 01, 1999

Dear Sisters,

Do you sometimes feel that no one understands why you are staying home with oodles of children to wipe noses and wash diapers day after day? Maybe you even wonder why yourself at times. The lead article this issue is designed to put the why of mothering to rest.

Ever feel like your personal devotion time isn't working too well, with little ones grabbing your Bible, crying for a drink, or needing to go potty? The "Dear Helen" column contains some suggestions I hope will reduce your frustration while giving you more prayer and praise time.

The other day an experienced mom of seven children said to me, "Mothering is very humbling, isn't it?" Yes, it is. Being a mom means being a servant. We serve our families continually, day and night; meals, dishes, laundry, cleaning, teaching, diapering, driving, shopping, nursing, soothing.... But let us not lose sight of the fact that we are in company with the Best of the best. Jesus, our mentor and our guide said:

But I am among you as the one who serves.
(Luke 22:27b; NASB)

Blessings,

Helen E. Aardsma

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