She Works Hard For The Money

I’m trying to get things done!

So many little jobs all day long! There are issues with family, issues with friends, issues with my body and lately I’ve been dealing with a myriad of issues. Some that are tough and seemingly unsolvable and others that are small and easily attainable like say… laundry-ugh.

Yes I have four children and they can slow processes down a bit sometimes but things still need to get done. It could be easy for me to retreat into my nuclear family and ignore the world around me but I believe God has called me to more than that. I’m not only a mother- I’m a wife, a friend, a sister, a niece, a cousin and a daughter too.

Right now my youngest is 9 weeks old and I have found myself doing a balancing act- making phone calls, paying bills, getting out… showering! I’ve had to prioritize my energies in a real way.

That friend struggling in there marriage, that family member stirring up strife, my child in need of attention, my marriage, my physical body, my relationship with God- it all needs to be responded to.

But I’m taking care of things- and it’s hard. Many times during the day when I’m trying to get things done I hear myself saying in my head “This is hard” but you know what? God gave me a spirit of tenacity and come hell or high water I will get these jobs done.

Yes I will. I will receive encouragement; I will pull up my pants. I will get all these jobs done. “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.- 2 Timothy 1:7NASB” and I think that applies here too!

Author: Erica Petrowski

Married for over 15 years and a stay at home mother of 4. I have a bachelor's degree in Interior Design, an associates degree in fine arts and years of experience in customer service. I rededicated my life to Jesus in 2000, & hail from Long Island New York. My Husband and I moved to Arizona in January of 2011.

4 thoughts on “She Works Hard For The Money”

  1. It is hard to have little kids…and I only had two. What a difference it is now that they can pretty much do the things they need done. (except drive)
    However, keep the cards they make you when they are little. I miss those…

  2. I think that by choosing to do more (or at least try to!) than focusing only on motherhood when you’re kids are little – and literally sucking the life out of you – is quite the endeavor. But then you don’t lose yourself and it helps you keep things in perspective at home. Especially when you realize things aren’t that bad in comparison. LOL

    So many times during those physically and mentally tough years I was tempted to “simplify things” as much fun as I could by not getting involved outside my immediate sphere of influence. But I’m glad I didn’t because it kept me sane and connected to the world outside my home. It also taught my kids that, even though they are the most important people in my life, they are not the only thing in my life. And I think that was healthy, too, for all of us.

  3. I remember the luxury of a shower, eating my dinner when it was still warm, and having coffee with a friend occasionally when my daughters were small. I also remember my small group met during the day at Glynnis Whitwers house, complete with childcare and that was the highlight of my week! Looking back those days were precious, even though they were exhausting and I am grateful for those memories now! I only had two little ones, but I had two teenagers at the same time! It was rough but God faithfully carried me through it all!

    I admire your tenacity and willingness to “press in” to be the best mom you can be right now and the best at all the other roles you have as well…your best can be defined by the Lord as staying close to His heart for all the roles you have so that He can give the perspective you need. He is so faithful! God bless you, you inspire me!!

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