Ode to the Traveling Mom

My life is a constant, on-the-go car ride.  I am in my car more than most taxi drivers.  I am going and coming and taking and dropping off everyday.  It begins to weigh on me and my faith.  So, what is going on when I allow my kids’ activities to overtake the importance of my own sanity?  Here is a little ode to all you moms and dads out there..


Oh my traveling days have just begun,

I conquer the roads for the sake of my family

My mind wanders wearily as I take to the road,

the minutes become hours and hours become miles.


Oh my traveling days have just begun,

My car drives mindlessly to many practices and events,

I find myself wishing I could just be home;

yet I allow myself to think that Family comes first.


Oh my traveling days have just begun,

First drop off, then pick up from one thing to the next.

Everyday I conquer, one day at a time.

If I let my mind consider tomorrow, I might become crazed.


Oh my traveling days have just begun,

My afternoons are all about my kids – no time for me or my God.

I find myself less and less self indulgent but yet not fulfilled.

Why do I think that this is so important to my motherhood?


Oh my traveling days have just begun,

Instead of moving through the pages of my bible,

I have become engrossed in my kids’ life.

I have lost myself somehow on these miles of roads.


Stop the car.

Get out the map.

Where am I headed?

What am I accomplishing?

Where is God in this scenario?

Luke 9:57-62  As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest.”59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But that man said, “Sir, first let me go back and bury my father.”60 Jesus answered, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”61 Someone else said, “I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say good-bye to my family.”62 Jesus said to him, “Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God.”

Are you using your family as a diversion?  Sometimes we divert our attention from God because of things that we think are good and worthy.  What is more worthy than our family, right?  When we allow our family to overtake our personal faith, then we are diverting our attention from God.  We cannot be the parents that God called us to be without faith.  The devil loves distractions and what better to distract us with than the ones we love?

My poem is an ode to the idolatry of our kids and their activities.  In order to keep God at the forefront, our faith life must come first.  This is just what the scripture from Luke is giving us.  What seems like a very important event – the death of a parent – is used as a distraction.  We can always find one more thing to stop us from getting down to the real business – OUR FAITH.  I pray that you will let God be your guide, and turn your back on the distractions no matter how tough that might be.

About aslamkowski

Blogger, Speaker and Author of "Revealing Faith: Learning to Place God First in Your Life" Most importantly, desperately wanting to hear and follow God's Will, wife of Peter and mother of three kids.
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1 Response to Ode to the Traveling Mom

  1. So true about our children. Our most important responsibility as a Christian is to train our children in the Lord. Blessings,

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