Interruptions Are Your Work, How Four Words Changed My Attitude About Mothering

I was sitting in church like any other Sunday morning when the pastor began to tell a story. He spoke of a college professor and the sign that hung over his doorway. The sign was there to remind him to keep his attitude in check every time that someone walked through the door. It read…

Interruptions Are Your Work!

He went on to speak of how as Christians, we should embrace this mindset. Interruptions are our work. We are constantly given chances to do or to serve but how many times do we grumble or complain when they come at “the wrong times”. It was an oh so truthful and oh so powerful point. After the sermon concluded I couldn’t shake those four words and for the past two weeks they have weighed heavy on my heart.

The pastor applied those words to life as Christian, but I couldn’t help but to connect them to my life as a mom. I have said time and time again that patience is not a virtue I have an abundance of. And if I am being brutally honest, interruptions can just flat out make me angry. I don’t want to stop doing what I am doing. I don’t like when something that should take me 5 minutes takes me 20, because I keep getting interrupted, and sometimes the bellowing echo of “Moooommmm!” through the house causes me to audibly groan.

My approach to this mom gig can be so insanely selfish. If this was an actual job they would have fired me a long, long time ago. I’m the lazy employee with a bad attitude and a selfish agenda.

And that realization broke my heart. 

Since when is writing a blog post, sending a text message, or even making dinner more important than my children, my husband or my friend. Sure it may be the 20th time they’ve interrupted me today (and it’s only 10:00 a.m.) but what am I ultimately here for? I feel pretty confident my life can’t be defined by a text or the perfect IG post. 

I want my family to know they come above a screen. I want others to know they are valuable priceless by the way I treat them. I want to be here to serve others, love others, and point them to Christ through my words and my actions. I want to live a life that embraces interruptions and see’s them as one more opportunity, not an inconvenience. 

Two week later and here I am still meditating on those four words. I don’t have the perfect remedy figured out, but I do have the perfect example of living a life open to interruptions, Jesus. I’ve been praying, writing, and speaking the truth, interruptions are my work. I even made a printable to display at my desk that I would like to share with you today.

I wanted to share this with y’all because every single time I feel pressed to share my heart I usually find that I am not the only person who needs to hear what I’ve been wrestling with. If this is something you can relate to or struggle with feel free to leave me a comment (or email me) so I can be praying for you.

Much love,

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  • Heather Bramlett

    oh my goodness, Beth! It’s like you looked right into my heart! Thank you for this sweet reminder! I needed it today!

    • You are so welcome Heather. Glad it spoke to you.

  • Jessica

    Yes!! Oh my Beth this just hit me like you and is so right. I get so caught up in other things and am so frustrated when the kids do, ask, etc. Why? I’m here for them. I love this and will be putting this in the front of my mind.

    • So glad that this post spoke just as much to others as it did to me.

  • I needed to read this today! It’s been a rough morning and need to remember this mindset. Thank you! Going to be printing that printable!

    • So glad you enjoyed it Keri. You are so welcome.

  • This is beautiful, friend!! And sooooo apt for me to be reading right now.

    • Thank you so much Sarita. Glad it was helpful.

  • Wow I needed this today! I am always so busy but this is such a great reminder to have every day. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • You are so welcome. I am so glad to hear what God is speaking to me, spoke to so many others.

  • It’s like you’re in my head!! I too get so caught up in everything. I am making more of an effort to “be there” this year. I close my computer up so I’m not tempted to keeping checking throughout the day.

    • Maybe I am ;). Yes, it is SO hard friend.

  • Amy Smith

    Well, you must have known how much I needed to read this. Being present for my boys is what I’m here to do, so then why do I get so frustrated when asked to do X,Y & Z for the millionth time when I’m trying to get just one thing accomplished? Taking a break from blogging has been such an eye opener to me personally as to how I was spending my time. I can honestly say that I’ve been more present lately. I’ve been on the floor more, saying “yes” more when I’d rather / usually say no, just being there for them. Thanks for this extra reminder!

    • It never ceases to amaze me no matter how many posts like this that I write, they are NEVER just for me. So glad to hear that your break is exactly what you were hoping for.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    It’s so easy to get caught up in things and lose your patience. Hello, that’s me like all the time! This is such a great reminder that we are here for our kids, they need us way more than anything else

    • WAY more. Why do we forget that so easily. It is a vicious cycle.

  • This is very meaningful and important to remember. I love how sometimes just a sentence by someone can have such an impact.

    • YES! That one sentence hit me like a ton of bricks.

  • Beautifully said! Thanks for sharing.

  • Yes! Yes! Yes! I have to tell you that I started disliking myself more and more with each time I told Connor to hold on. Nothing I am doing is more important than Connor. James, too. I need to take the time to value my relationships. Everything else is just static. I need to thrive with my people, not with tasks.

    • Oh man, I have been there too. It’s like you start to hate the monster you have become. Yes, yes, yes, preach it sister.

  • I totally agree with the feeling selfish. I really need to work on this. Great post!

  • This hit home with me, SO MUCH. I am SO type A and admittedly a very controlling person, so when something unexpected happens (AKA an interruption) I tend not to handle it well. I will definitely be taking this to heart. Thank you for such a powerful post, friend.

    • Oh man you and me both. I bleed control, and I am not proud about that. You are so welcome friend. So glad it spoke to so many others.

  • Ahhh this post is right on point! I needed this because I get so easily frustrated when the kids are constantly grabbing my attention when I’m trying to give it elsewhere. Excellent post, friend! Love it!

    • Thank you so much. I love it when I write a post for me but it speaks to so many others.

  • Jen Stimbert Pabst

    This post is 100% spot on! My youngest is entering “threenager” status and my oldest at 14 is full blown teenager- this house is insane with hormones and tantrums. I have found myself groaning at thing and the MOOOOMMMM! is the one that really gets me. BUT- I know how fast this all goes. Excellent post. <3

    • Thank you so much Jen. I love it when I write my heart an it resonates with others.

  • Oh I just love your heart shares! As “patience” is my word of the year I can completely relate. I think I had less patience when I was home 24/7 because, when do you actually get to be alone? Im more lenient since having to go to work BUT I would trade that in a heartbeat to be back home again. I digress… this is wonderful.

    • I can totally see that friend. It makes absolute perfect sense to me.

  • That so spoke to my heart today. Thank you!

  • Wow, that is powerful. I want the same for my family, but ah the life of a blogger… Always a work in progress 🙂

  • I can absolutely relate to this, Beth! Thank you so much for your transparency and for sharing this!! Next time I’m interrupted and tempted to let out a big sigh these words will no doubt come rushing to mind! Leaving your sweet blog tonight a bit teary eyed, humbled, inspired, and encouraged! *hugs* – Brenda //

    • You are welcome. I always find that when I write out out my heart it is never just for me.

  • What a powerful message! I can relate to this post on so many levels, as a mom but also as a teacher. This message will stay with me!

    • Oh yes! We homeschool so I can vaguely grasp that. I can only imagine how true this would be in a real classroom. So glad this was encouraging for you.

  • Whitney Jordan

    I can totally relate. I get on a roll doing things and I know groan, grimace or complaine that I am being interrupted. My kids deserve better and I love the attitude of looking at the interruptions as ways to serve others. My kids need me and rely on me to set a good example so thanks for sharing this. I need to print out your message and remind myself of it often. I want my family to know that I love being a wife and mom and I want my attitude to match that. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

    • Oh Whitney I am so glad you could relate to this too. Having this message on the front of my mind hasn’t made everything better, but it has certainly helped.

  • Oh mama! Yes! I am right there with you. With Mason’s ADHD there tends to be more interruptions than I’d like. I often get frustrated and then want to rush through things before his focus changes and he interrupts once again. What a great post, friend. I love your honesty and know so many of us mamas can relate.

    • Thank you so much. I could totally relate to you wanting to rush through things too I have been there too. Happy Friday friend.

  • Meghan Flinn

    Oh I can totally relate! I’ve actually contemplated backing off from the blogging world because I hate telling Noah “not now” and getting annoyed that he asks for something when I’m “busy”. I took an unintentional break from IG and other social media and it feels kind of good!

    • Yup. I think Stephanie was smart scaling back to 4 days a week. I see something similar being done by me at some point in the future.