Your mothering is worship to Me


To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

In my quest to mother the Lord’s way in a manner worthy of Him, I quickly grew discouraged by my lack of time with Him. It was so hard to have “quiet time”. I bore the burden of guilt, or maybe false guilt, of not spending “enough” quality time with Him.

Will Emory Katie circa 1994

Will, Emory, Katie 1994

As I pondered these things, He spoke to me as only He can. So sweet, so gentle, and powerful…

“Your mothering is worship to Me.”

I just so happened to be reading Romans 12:1-2 at that very moment.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)

In that particular time and space, He spoke words of grace. “When I watch you change diapers, fill juice cups, serving these little ones; it pleases Me.  It is worship to Me.”

Immediately, I felt His peace and joy. The task at hand was pleasing to Him.

God gave me what I needed. Perspective. Practical. Spiritual. Mothering was my reasonable act of worship.

“You are taking care of My children,” He whispered.

Passed are my early days of mothering.  Now, a new season.  A new purpose under heaven.

Whatever particular season and purpose under heaven which God has given you, worship Him – by presenting yourself as a living sacrifice — in your daily acts of service.  That counts as worship too!

16 responses »

  1. I love this, mom! You were still filling up juice cups this week – only due to Sean’s surgery.

    To the best mom ever!
    Love, Katie

  2. Mrs. May, your selfless and loving ways were immediately obvious to me when you welcomed me into your home, fed me, and did all my laundry after working 6 weeks at Pine Cove. That spoke volumes to me & I’m eager to learn from you on your blog! Thank you for sharing this as it is just what I needed to hear, being a new mommy. Having a quiet time was something I loved every morning & now, no matter what, there are some days those sit-down quiet times cannot be accomplished. Your words are so encouraging and mold my perspective towards Him in my daily tasks as a mommy! — love, Amanda Wilson (Baxter)

  3. The way you love is definitely a ministry! Thank you for your love all these years! Blessings to you.

    Sister-in-law, Michael

  4. Love this and love you. Thank you for your faithfulness to listen and to serve Him! You have done and continue to do it well my friend.

  5. Karen, you said this same thing once to our Sunday School class and I have been reminded so many times as I got up in the middle of the night to nurse Wrenn. That God sees that act, in the middle of the night when I’m groggy and run down, as worship. What a blessing!

  6. God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light! Why do we condemn ourselves when the King of creation treats us with gentleness and abiding love? Thank you Karen for reminding me what is really important…living a life worthy of Christ’s name. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, never missing a devotion or such. He expects us to love Him with everything we have…including our motherhood.

  7. Pingback: Taking Care of Ages 0-5 | Karen May Ministries

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