I screamed really loudly when I was birthing my third child, “GET IT OUT!!!” I got to the hospital too late for any drugs. Which, by the way, makes me want to give public, mad props to my sister — and the rest of you natural she-women — for her home-births. Mad props.
But the physical strain doesn’t stop after delivery. In fact that’s basically where it begins. Because then comes the sleepless nights, constant laundry, dirty bathrooms, mismatched socks, Pinterest crafts, and shuffling to the various extra-curricular activities. Being a mom is physically hard. And tiring.
Did someone say “nap-time”?
But we all know that it’s way more than physical. It’s soul-hard.
When I first became a mom I had no idea that God was putting me on this journey of intense sanctification. Seriously. I’m convinced that He put my kids on the planet partly to reveal my own depravity. Because when left to me, I overreact. I grumble about their grumbling. I holler in frustration. It isn’t pretty.
But here’s the awesomeness of God. It’s in the hardest circumstances of life that exquisite beauty can appear. It’s in the seasons when we’re at the end of ourselves that He can work His miraculous redemption.
I’m not “exquisitely beautiful” in my mommy-ness. Not yet. Believe me. But He is teaching me what it means to surrender. He has given me a taste of the freedom that can come with motherhood.
So in this new day in mommy-land, I’ll leave you with three tips for greater victory:
- Begin with Him.
It’s what inspired HelloMornings! It’s the beat of Kat’s heart for us as moms. We have to start the day with Him. And in those moments before the checklist begins we have to remind ourselves as we pray, “Lord, I can’t do it. I can’t be a mom who honors You. But You can do it through me. Love through me today.”
- Remember that they are His.
These kids aren’t ours. They’re His. He designed them. He has plans for them. And sister-friend, He can shape and lead them, often in spite of us.
- Leave fear and worry at His throne.
The fears will come. We love “our” kids with a fierce love and we want good things for them. But Jesus didn’t die so that we would live in fear. He died to set us free. So today, ask Him to enable you to lay every anxious thought before Him. Because He loves them more than we ever could.
It may be the hardest thing we ever do — this mommyhood thing. But that just means that it could be the place of our greatest victory.
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
What aspect of motherhood challenges you the most? Practically speaking, how can we depend more on Him through the dailiness of life?