We recently got back from a staycation with my family. When we got home, Tyler and I took the kids to his parent’s house (AKA our next door neighbors) and I came back home to set up the kids’ rooms for bedtime. I ended up unloading the whole car and putting everything away from our week-long trip.
When Tyler came back with the kids, I told him: “I unloaded the whole car and put everything away.”
“Cool,” he said, scrolling through his phone.
I paused. His response wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, so I said, “I’m going to repeat myself in case you missed it. I unloaded the ENTIRE CAR and put EVERYTHING away.”
He put down his phone and smiled at me, “Wow, babe, that’s awesome. Thank you so much for doing that.” Then he kissed me and offered me a massage.
See, sometimes it does help to repeat yourself! Ha!
But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.Matthew 6:6
This morning, I noticed this verse of the day on the YouVersion Bible app. It made me think about whose praise I’m prioritizing.
I don’t think it’s unscriptural or unholy for me to seek my husband’s recognition or praise – however, I do think that I can oftentimes feel under-appreciated or like all that I do somehow doesn’t matter if no one sees it or recognizes it.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.Hebrews 4:13
However, there is one being who sees every single thing: God.
He sees the middle of the night feedings and the early morning risings when no one else is awake.
God sees us serving our families in all of the daily, humdrum ways that no one else ever notices.
He sees us cleaning up poop and vomit and who knows what else!
And it’s HIS praise that we should be seeking above all.