Sometimes the first meltdown hits before your first cup of coffee.
As a mother, we can feel like superheroes and failures all within an hour, and as exhaustion sets up camp and shows no sign of leaving, it can seem like a long road that we’ll walk until we ache and there’s nothing left to give.
It’s easy to feel lost as we maneuver motherhood. Our children are our greatest treasures and our biggest responsibility. We are raising the future, and we all want to get it right! So is the calling too big? How can we keep from collapsing under the weight of motherhood?
- Start with thanks
Some days we may wake up to a new stain on the carpet, a phone in the toilet and a mile long to-do list, yet it’s so important to take a breath and thank God for the ones who share our lives. Even when we feel inadequate. Even when we feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Starting the day by giving thanks can quickly redirect negative thinking and help shift our perspective on the day. The Bible shows us how Jesus loved the little children. He let them come to him, he prayed over them, and even said that the Kingdom of Heaven belonged to them! The Word often speaks of how children are a blessing from the Lord. Even on the hard days, let us remember this and start each day with a prayer of thankfulness for our little ones.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” (Psalm 127: 3-4)
- Remember that the word honors women and mothers
Women have an active role in Scripture and are shown as brave and powerful prayer warriors, servants, mothers, thinkers, and partners again and again. Sarah was greatly blessed with a child in her old age. Ruth displayed loyalty and strength in the midst of great misfortune and was blessed with security and family, ultimately becoming an ancestor of Jesus. Esther risked her life before a king on behalf of the Jews, and her bravery saved her people. Young, humble Mary was chosen to deliver and raise the Son of God! The work of women is consistently honored and valued in the Word. The Father values each one of us!
- Remember that the Lord chose YOU
Sometimes I stare down at a tiny, perfect sleeping face and feel the weight of the responsibility I have to my little one. We can feel pressure from fictional tv moms, polished facebook articles; shiny Instagram feeds and more to mirror the false image we so often see represented in today’s society and be perfect for our children. But God doesn’t demand perfection! He chose imperfect ME to be a mom to my son. He chose imperfect YOU specifically to raise the little wild people running around your feet. He knows us, He loves us, and He chose us, even on the days we eat cereal for breakfast lunch and dinner. Even on the days when no one makes it out of their pajamas. We were hand-picked for our children. We are enough!
- Recognize this as a passing season
The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that for everything, there is a season. There is a time to raise our babies, to feel the chaos and the daily struggle! Maybe you’re in a season of storms right now. These feelings of being so overwhelmed by the daily, beautiful challenges of raising little ones are temporary, and one day we will look back on it from a distance. Each messy, bittersweet day is a gift, and none of us know how many we’ll have! Let us embrace the tears and the victories as they come because the next season will be upon us before we know it.
- Commit your children to prayer
The most powerful investment we can make for our children is to pray for them. As our children age, so many things will be outside of our control, but one thing we can count on is that they will be consistently covered in our prayers. Choose to release them to the Father on a daily basis. Our prayer life will also be a model to our children as they grow! Our example will be a reminder of just how loved they are as we commit daily to go to the Lord on their behalf.
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
So take a deep breath, mamas, and take heart. We’re all in this together.
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