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According to blogger Lisa-Jo Baker, there’s no such thing as “just a mom.”

In her latest blog post, Baker announces milestones which have been reached in fundraising for a community center for orphans and mothers in Maubane, South Africa. $10,000 was raised in a single day, when the campaign started. On Valentine’s Day, she writes, hundreds of women around the globe came together to raise the full amount needed to fund the new community’s self-sustaining vegetable garden. The second project, the community’s kitchen and welcome center, has already raised nearly $10,000 of a $40,000 goal after just a few short days.

Who is bringing about this change, this life-changing ministry for Maubane? Certainly not “just” a mom, Baker writes.

“Don’t tell me that you’re not in ministry.

Don’t tell me you don’t make a difference. Don’t tell me that your life is small; that the sun sets and rises on the same day in and day out and that you don’t make a difference.

Don’t tell me that Pulpits are only found in churches and speeches only come from stages. Don’t tell me that microphones are necessary to be heard.

Don’t tell me for a single second that you need a passport to save lives. When I know just as well what your words can do. Because over 40 women wrote brave and wildly stepped to the microphone of their own lives and changed me and a community of 400 people in South Africa on Valentine’s Day.”

A mother is no ordinary thing; a mother has great power and influence. But according to Marie Osborne, we can’t define ourselves by the amount of awesome things we do, or how great our kids behave on any given day. It’s not about being a “good mom” – she writes in Praise for the Mom Who Perseveres.

“What if we threw out the old and started new? What if we stopped talking about "good" moms, and broadened our use of the English language. Use all the adjectives we could think of to praise the effort, actions and strategies of one another in motherhood.

Sweet sister. You're not a ‘good’ mom...

You ARE...

diligent
hardworking
determined
resolute
dedicated
long-suffering
tenacious
unwavering
persevering…

…How do you get up and do it again? After the daily struggles and failures? It's not by believing you are ‘good.’

It's by knowing you have and you can work hard at this. That your effort and dedication to this ministry is what He will see when He says ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’"

To check out more information about the Maubane community center, or to donate to the cause, visit Pure Charity or Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog, Surprised by Motherhood.

Debbie Holloway is the Family Life Editor for Crosswalk.com

Publication date: February 19, 2014