This is to all the soon-to-be mamas and the mamas of all stages and ages. I have a guest writer today blessing us all with a precious gift God has given her-- the ability to take that which our mommy hearts experience and to put them into words that enlighten and lift the human spirit.
Recently she posted on Facebook a difficult truth us moms rarely authentically share, yet almost all experience-- the raw reality of feeling not good enough. A not-good-enough mom, a not-good-enough wife, a not-good-enough friend, a-not-good-enough employee, a-not-good-enough ____ (Fill in your blank.) And if that weren't enough, we simultaneously experience a disruption, a confusion in our purpose, our calling, our identity amongst the chaos and isolation mama hood often catapults us into.
And yet, through the years, the weeks, the days and the moments, we're left with the absolute truth that "our babies ARE our ministry." As Tess so eloquently and perfectly shared, "it is rarely glamorous, or praised, or respected in our culture today. But when you lose your life for that which can't be lost, it's all worth it."
May you be deeply refreshed, strongly encouraged and joyfully filled as you read from the heart of my dear friend, Tess Aven:
"Motherhood will be nothing like you expected and so much more than you ever hoped it would be. You will wipe away his tears, keep him from falling, pray over him continuously, and tirelessly watch him as he sleeps.
He will reach for you from across the room, laugh at your silly faces, hold your hand, bring you flowers, make you smile when you're feeling sad, watch you to see if you're watching.
It is those sweet exchanges that will help you to put one foot in front of the other in the ordinary and the mundane.
During those times when you are, yet again, spending countless sleepless nights, making unexpected trips to Walgreens, cleaning up his crumbs from the floor, packing his lunch, cleaning his room, or taking him to school, there will not be a more important role you will ever have, next to loving his Daddy well, than this.... motherhood.
One thing I have grown to see is that God equips us to do what we feel incapable of doing. Sometimes the busyness from one season to the next can keep us from what matters most. My encouragement to you would be to stop and listen intently, speak life, play often, laugh hard, hug always...
It is the hardest, most purposeful, perpetual, organically beautiful, captivating, rewarding job you will ever have.
This I pray for my children and I invite you to do the same for you precious ones:
"The lord God is my strength, my personal bravery and my invincible army. He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk- not stand in terror, but to walk- and make spiritual progress upon my high places (of trouble, suffering or responsibility!)" Habakuk 3:19
There is no better person in the world than YOU to be your little one's mommy. So when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!"