Encouragement for the Daily Grind

Encouragement for the Daily Grind

July 23, 2013

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.” 1 Peter 3:12a (ESV)

It’s common, everyday stuff. She tells me it’s nothing, but I know better.

This solo parent single-handedly holds each strand of her small daughter’s hair. It’s getting late, but she must continue ridding the unwelcome “guests.” Comb, wash and comb again, fingers exhausted as the clock strikes midnight.

I send her this text message, You’re doing great. She writes me back, telling of her doubt. What’s so special about picking out lice? she wonders as she finally collapses in bed, daughter enfolded under her mama’s wings. Will this little girl remember her mother’s sacrifices? Most likely not. But she will remember the safety and care of her mother’s nest.

And my friend? What will she remember? Shins kicked big by tiny feet, sleepy breath in her face, and trudging through the daily grind. These are what she believes she’ll remember, and no one else will ever see or know. These exhausting moments when she wishes she were doing something more noble or noteworthy.

But I know better. I know I’m not the only one who sees her sacrifices of love. I know that these common moments, built one upon the other, create great lifetimes. These moments are mostly free, yet they cost quite a bit, don’t they? Their currency? Time, energy, selflessness, dreams and yes, sleep. All these investments build a life of loving high and deep.

I’m reminded of a story I read years ago of a woman who opened the front cover of a coffee table book about magnificent cathedrals. She paused to soak in the inscription of this book that had been gifted to her: With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.

A story, hidden in the pages of her book, is recounted: A rich man came to visit the cathedral while it was being built … he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.”

And the workman replied, “Because God sees.”*

Though my friend’s efforts were unseen by the rest of the world, they were not unnoticed by the Lord. Her late-night labor of love was building something beautiful in the eyes of God. He saw her just as He promises in 1 Peter 3:12a, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.”

He watches over us as a mother bird keeps watch on her chicks. God’s eyes of love, care and protection see each of our everyday efforts that can bring discouragement in the daily grind. Folding the 11th basket of clothes … today. Cooking dinner with no “thank you” given. Stripping bed sheets in the middle of the night when kids get sick.

Whether you are investing in your own children, or someone else’s, keep up the greatness in the common moments. It may seem like nothing, but you matter. You’re building. You’re seen.

Dear Lord, I can get so weary and tired of persisting in building greatness in the everyday moments of life. It often feels like no one notices or appreciates me. Thank You for confirming that YOU see me. That is more than enough. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Be affirmed of who you are, why you are here and how much you are loved in His Princess: Love Letters from Your King by Sherri Rose Shepherd.

The Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Facebook page offers daily encouragement for the daily grind. Join us by clicking here.

Visit Samantha Evilsizer’s blog for a free downloadable printable of verses of encouragement and comfort.

Reflect and Respond:
We need to replenish ourselves as we pour out love, energy, and prayer on others. Determine now to set aside time each day to spend with God and notice how He replenishes you.

Click here to view Nicole Johnson sharing the story of “The Invisible Woman.”

Power Verse:
Psalm 33:18, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love … ” (ESV)

*The Invisible Woman by Nicole Johnson

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  1. Sue Astill says:

    Oh my goodness! I so needed to read this today. Thank you Samantha for writing it and thank you Proverbs 31 for sharing it.

  2. Wow did I need this today! I have been feeling discouraged at work because it seems all of mine and my staff’s efforts seem to always go unnoticed and we are working extremely hard to do what is best daily for our students. This puts it into perspective! A beautiful reminder! Thank you!

  3. Thank you for this message. I needed to be reminded that it doesn’t matter if my husband does value me, God does! I will continue to pour out into others. I will love with my giving and sacrifices for the sake of my precious Savior!

  4. Amazing God! I am a single mum 23 years now. My children are adults and I am still a “single mum”. My youngest is 23 years old, I was pregnant with him when I separated and divorced my husband. Today, he and his girlfriend are in labor to deliver my first grandbaby – a girl. We have not spoken in a few weeks and I wonder if he will ever understand the sacrifices that were made for him? So, Lord, I try to thank you for your sacrifices for me, but another praise of thanks just doesn’t seem enough, I will continue to thank you.

  5. This was so timely and encouraging today…I am leaving to attend the She Speaks conference tomorrow, and have been feeling torn and not sure how to navigate juggling the calling the Lord has put on my life to write, with the calling to raise my precious kids…in my humanity, as I’ve prepared for this conference (and on other occasions), I have found myself resenting them at times, since kids by nature are demanding and full of variables and unplanned antics! Thank you for your words of encouragement on the eternal value of what I am doing daily as a mother. It brought tears to my eyes!

  6. Collette Baker says:

    This morning’s devotion is just exactly what I needed to hear, read, and concentrate on. I keep our 3 grandchildren and feel exhausted. I need a break and felt at time I am used, not by our son & daughter-in-law, but sometimes we need a break. I love my grandchildren and want them to know God and His greatness. After reading this, I will rely more on God and try to be a better example for my grandchildren. God will give me the strength I need for each day and set an example for them. I will think good thoughts and not negative one.
    Thank you.

  7. Thank you for this devotion today. It is exactly what I needed to hear (read). Twenty years ago, July 20th, my three year old daughter was hit as a pedestrian by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Today she is 23 years old, a blessing from God. But the last 23 years has taken a toll on me and when it does, I try to remind myself that if I am tired, just think how she feels. I often think she does not see all her Dad and I do for her, nor does she appreciate when we are trying to “build” for her. What a beautiful reminder you gave me today. . . my heavenly Father sees my every move.

  8. This a wonderful devotion! Thank you!

  9. angie steffen says:

    One morning the kids were fighting, instead of yelling, I grabbed my bible and phone went on the front porch, and put devontion in the search and proverbs 31 was the one I picked, thank you god!!! Now I go to the front porch every day at thesame time, doing this I am putting God in charge of my day. I get to release everything to God. I thank god for directing me to this life changing site.

  10. Thank you. I’ve mourned to watch my sweet sister-in-law struggle to take care of her little one now that my dear brother has been taken to the Lord. Oh dear, but she gives everything she has and then so much more. Lord, give her the strength for the everyday grind.

  11. Lily Christensen says:

    This is my mom. . .still is and I am 37 years old. . she is now older, but her love is consistent . . and her faith is awesome. . I want to be like that too.

  12. I also notices that you, Samantha, noticed. To have eyes to see what God sees….is truly a gift.

  13. Pamala R Verreras says:

    on a Sunday morning as my granddaughter and I were getting ready for church I noticed she was scratching her head.” Oh No, not this morning we don’t have time for this!” It seems that every time there was a bug in the school she would get them, I hate these things. I decided not to do them that morning just put her hair in a ponytail and told her not to shake her head. but I was still I was still upset. God had a good lesson for me that morning. as we were walking in late the pastor was telling of a girl about my daughters age that had just died.it was like God had took me by the shoulders and shuck me. and said “Pam they’re just bugsI” You have your grandaughter and from then on they were just bugs

  14. This was great today. I need to keep this devotion as a reminder that my mundane housewife/mother duties are for God. He has blessed me with the gift to not have to work full time. I need to be praising Him daily through my actions with my family. Then on the days when everything is hard ask Him for that special peace that only He can give!

  15. Debbie M says:

    Wow! One of my best friends in the whole world who I wirk with and who is such an inspiration to me just sent this to me, along with thanks for all my help. What is interesting is she is the one juggling all the tasks to help others. Her sharing reminds me of how important good friends are and how God works in mysterious ways through every interaction we have with others. Yes, every task is important and builds on our faith and love. Thank you for the wonderful devotion!

  16. It’s my first day at as a personal support worker for a special needs child and you got my heart in the right place.

    Thanks :)

  17. Thanks! Today kicks off ministry through Vacation Bible School and I got the kids off to daycamp, before tying last minute ends for tonight’s lesson. I was feeling weary and I must admit ,a little overwhelmed and at the point where I felt what else can I do. Ministry has demands and requires sacrifice on behalf of the doer and sometimes goes unappreciated even within the church. It is such a blessing to reaffirm my belief that God see His faithful servant. This devotion gives me the umph! I need to kick off a great week! Bless you.

  18. Thanks! Today kicks off ministry through Vacation Bible School and I got the kids off to daycamp, before tying last minute ends for tonight’s lesson. I was feeling weary and I must admit a little overwhelmed and at the point where I felt what else can I do. Ministry has demands and requires sacrifice on behalf of the doer and sometimes goes unappreciated even within the church. It is such a blessing to reaffirm my belief that God see His faithful servant. This devotion gives me the umph! I need to kick off a great week! Bless you.

  19. I needed this so badly. I am a single mother of two, working full time as a soldier in the US Army. I was in an abusive marraige and since I left, I have not recieved any support from my children’s father. Yesterday, the court granted my ex-husband supervised visitations and I could not wrap my mind around it. How could they reward him the opportunity to spend time with my angels if they are last on his list of priorities? Why am I working so hard and no one sees what I’ve endured? Thank you so much for this. It gave me strength and understanding, as well as peace to know that God has my back and will protect my children.

  20. Wow, great article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on… http://goviagraonline.com/

  21. God sees, hears, watches, speaks and will answer as we trust – great post! You are a near neighbor at Friday Five.

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