Mothers of young kids should click here for some encouragement that raising children is a spiritual job.
Leatha and I have talked a lot about this. We both felt so much more "spiritual" in college than we do now. The long walks around the cross country field and sitting by a stream enjoying a calm spring day are replaced by the utter chaos that comes from little kids (i.e. screaming (we had some of that going on tonight!), poopy diapers, missing church because of sick kids, sleepless nights, fatigue from expending yourself meeting basic physical needs, emotional exhaustion, constant activity, etc)
Although we may not be as spiritual as we were then, we are more like Jesus. Serving others has a way of doing that.
For that it is all worth it.
Mothers, be proud of the noble task that is yours in raising children!