I guess it is no secret that having a large family is a lot of work. Cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, disciplining, and discipleship are time consuming and leave little time for leisure pursuits.
We must remember that with every act of obedience we are required to count the cost. We must consider what we endeavor to take on, knowing that in the end, it WILL cost us our very lives. The Lord tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. And we must do what He calls us to well. What good is it to obey the Lord by receiving each blessing He sends only to do a mediocre job of raising them for Him? What does it profit if we obey but complain the entire time about the amount of work, lack of sleep and lack of thanks we receive? We are working for the Lord, not the praise of man, and of praise we will receive very little. Our children will not understand the sacrifices we make, at least maybe not until they have children of their own. But sacrifice it is! However, there is nothing else under the sun that can compare to living for God, whatever the temporary cost, by living out the Biblical model of being a wife and mother--for this is the life to which He calls most women, and it is to this that we should devote ourselves above all else, for it is in doing this that we are living out the gospel. We are evangelizing future generations everyday--vertical evangelism through time, as opposed to horizontal evangelism, which is of course also of great importance. However, as a wife and mother He has called us first to the little disciples in our homes.
In Christ, Laura