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Monday, May 7, 2007

You Deserve a Six-figure Salary!

Last week, I was intrigued by a story on a national news broadcast. The story highlighted the multiple jobs a mother performs and the equivalent compensation she would receive as a paid professional.

It is a whopping six-figure salary!

Predicated on the extensive domestic duties we perform, it is estimated a mother is entitled to a base salary of $47,179. However, when overtime is included, the annual pay skyrockets to $138,645.

Mothers, on average, log an astonishing 91.7-hour workweek. We multitask not because we can but because it is necessary. We cook dinner, set the table, answer the phone, wipe our toddler’s nose, all while helping our ten-year-old with math homework.

Moms are long-term thinkers. We make choices every day that often won’t bear fruit for 30 years. We are cheerleaders, boo-boo fixers, and hot chocolate makers. We are the disciplinarian, the psychologist, and our child’s spiritual watchdog. We are faithful prayer warriors.

Motherhood offers no monetary compensation and rarely are we encouraged with a pat on the back for a job well done. We receive no vacation time and if we are sick, we work anyway. However, the benefits are excellent.

As mothers we are privileged to peak in on our cherubs as they sleep to glimpse perfect peace and beauty. Our heart melts from a spontaneous hug and kiss. We experience a profound pride while watching our child take their first step or score their first soccer goal and rejoice the day they are baptized. We delight in their first crush, first pimple, and first date. We pray diligently over their learners permit.

We are elated over a great report card, a kind word spoken to a sibling, a crayon-colored card for our birthday and a small voice that says, “I wuv you.”

We are blessed by God to be called to this profession. Motherhood opens a window in our soul to understand God’s unconditional love. Mothering brings joy as well as heartache but most of the time we find fulfillment. We are serving the Most High by serving our children and their earthly father. There is no greater calling in the world than to raise up the next generation of Godly adults.

Proverbs 31:
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Blogger Denise said...

How very, very true. My sweet momma passed away last April, I could never repay her for all the loving things she did for me.

May 7, 2007 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Thank you for such an encouraging post, Lynn. The Proverbs 31 woman is sure an impossibility unless we fully surrender to Him, isn't it? I especially need to seek Him right now in terms of decisions for my oldest child. And then...I need to wait on Him. :) Not an easy task for me!

May 7, 2007 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I'll just look forward to the day when God repays in 'rubies'...:)) To cast at His feet of course...

Thank you for the encouragement!! :)

May 7, 2007 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Terri @ In His Hands said...

The most underrated job of all time...motherhood.

Great post, Lynn! I'm sending it to a friend of mine who needs to read it asap.

May 7, 2007 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I especially liked the part about planting seeds that you may not see come to fruition for 30 years! So true!

May 8, 2007 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Such a wise and beautiful post on motherhood, Lynn. Thank you for this. I know several who will be blessed to read it.


May 8, 2007 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Wow, you made me feel needed today. :)

I love this line:

"As mothers we are privileged to peak in on our cherubs as they sleep to glimpse perfect peace and beauty."

At 2:30 am I told my cherub, "Get to bed!"

He was worried that he had bed bugs, argh!

May 9, 2007 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Such a beautiful post for this week! And I agree so much with this line, "we are blessed by God to be called to this profession". It has certainly been my greatest challenge and my greatest joy!

May 9, 2007 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

I have to say that I am looking forward to the day my Lord takes me in my arms and tells me "well done, faithful servant" -- I just hope that He will speak those words...

Thank you for the reminder that motherhood is not about payment this side of heaven...

Be blessed today and always.

May 14, 2007 at 1:30 AM  

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