A Prayer for Moms Who Question Their Impact

Laura Bailey

Author of Beyond the Noise
Published May 12, 2023

"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" - John 6:9 NIV

Countless times throughout the day, I question if I am making a meaningful difference in my children's lives. Giving up my career, sacrificing financial security, forgoing the adult interaction I love, and even the luxury of using the bathroom without interruption, the choice to stay home with my children wasn't – and isn't – easy.

As an achievement junkie, results queen, and task-list slayer, switching roles to a full-time mom was like wearing a new pair of shoes for the first time; I experienced a lot of discomfort before I broke into my motherhood shoes. Many things about motherhood are less than glamorous, but it's not the bottomless laundry pile, the endless demands of tiny humans, or the copious amount of cleaning that is the problem. Instead, it's the nagging lies that taunt me. Maybe you relate to these endless, swirling questions I replay.

What if you gave up the things you loved and enjoyed in vain? What if you're not even making a significant impact on your children? What if this is all a big waste of time?

As a believer, I know everything has a purpose in God's economy. I believe God values family, and the impact of a godly, present mother is undeniable in the lives of children. God works through everyday people, often in unseen and ordinary places.

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Laura Bailey headshotLaura Bailey is a Bible teacher who challenges and encourages women to dive deep in the Scriptures, shift from an earthly to an eternal mindset, and filter life through the lens of God’s Word.  She is the author of Beyond the Noise, and loves any opportunity to speak and teach women of all ages. She is a wife and momma to three young girls. Connect with her on her website,  www.LauraRBailey.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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