Just a Mom




So I have this little–life changing–word for 2014…Delight. And I’m trying to stay conscious of my word this year…but I’m just a mom. And I don’t really delight in crumbs holding a meeting in the corners of my dinning room…and those are the ones who fled the safety of under the table legs where there’s just enough space to quietly hide and multiply like some biblical harem.


In an effort to escape crunching the crumbs into a fine dust, I retreat to the bedroom. And the afternoon light shimmers off an inch of dust gathered on the headboard. Really? I just dusted that bed last week! How can the dust multiply even faster the crumbs? And where is my two week vacation because surely I’ve been at this job long enough to earn one…plus a raise. But I’m just a mom.


As I write this late into the night, the kids are sleeping and the dog is barking her ever lovin’ head off and I think I’ve got laundry sitting in the washing machine waiting for it’s turn to take a fast ride through the dryer. And I just want to put a couple of words together to form some coherent sentences so I can fall asleep calling myself a writer…but really, I’m just God’s little girl, just Chris’ wife and just a mom to a handful plus one of kids who look more like Chris than me.


Does that stream of consciousness I just laid out sound melancholic or resentful? It could very easily couldn’t? But it’s not. I’m just all of those titles, plus a whole lot more, because my heavenly Father deemed it so.


So then, my dear friends stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
†1 Corinthians 15:58 {GNT}


Let’s repeat a part of that verse together. Emphasize the bold word and say this out loud, okay.

Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.


Well, that makes my job, my vocation, sound important–sanctifying even doesn’t it? So how do I focus my daily to the eternal? How can I make my mundane meritorious?

1. The Morning Offering

2. Short Ejaculations Throughout the Day

3. Offering Up Chores and Tasks, Especially Those We Dread or Dislike


Formally, many Catholics make the Morning Offering to give to Our Lord that day’s efforts, works, joys, sufferings, intentions, etc. (the form may vary). At the Mass, we excercise our lay priesthood by consciously, silently, privately offering ourselves up, along with the Son, to the Father during the Offertory.

Informally, we “offer it up” by simply asking God in our own words to use a suffering as it occurs; we often do this for specific intentions (ex., “Use this pain, Lord, for the salvation of my brother…”). We might follow the example of the young St. Thérèse of Lisieux and make use of Sacrifice Beads, or the extraordinary among us might make the Heroic Act of Charity for the souls in Purgatory.


4. Be Cheerful

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
†2 Corinthians 9:7



St Josemaria Escriva Quote


In His Heart

Hi there, I’m Jenny. I’ve been married to Chris for 21 years. I homeschool our seven children–teen to toddler and I’m also the author of The Catholic Child’s Teaching Bible©. My life; It’s messy and beautiful and blessed beyond measure.

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  1. Jenny
    I love your word. I finally got back to visiting here and was too late to link for the year naming party!

    I like your word this year. I especially liked the change in emphasis on the words in the phrase “Nothing I do in the Lord’s service is ever useless” A wonderful phrase to ponder at Adoration.

    Thank you for sharing your late night words, that I could be that articulate in the daylight!

    Many blessings for you and yours

  2. I hope it is enough to say you are not alone.
    And from where I sit, you are one great mom, wife, friend, etc.
    Hugs & Blessings,
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  3. Jenny,
    Thank you for your writing on I’m just a Mom. It reminded me of the thought: Motherhood is the most important job you’ll ever have. God bless all Moms.

    southeast Michigan

    • Thanks for your comment Nita. Yes, God’s abundant blessing on moms and future moms and those who have moms, lol!
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  4. Jenny, can you recommend a good book on St Josemaria Escriva? This post was a much needed reminder for me, as well. Thx

    • Hi Anne. The only book I have of his the one I linked to, The Way, Furrow, The Forge. It’s short meditations, snippets really of his saying ans writings.
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  5. I love your late night thoughts. You add such beauty to the ordinary. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder much needed. I plan to post frequently on silence to remind myself too : )
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    • I haven’t commented yet over at your place because I haven’t stopped and completely read the quote but I completely recognize the author…one of my favorites! I look forward to your meditations on silence.
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