(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend, and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin)
I took my kids to a farm the other day. It was a Norman Rockwell kind of morning complete with chasing chickens and plopping down at a picnic table for a refreshing glass of lemonade. The type of day I imagined when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. A happy kind of motherhood.
What I didn’t know when I was expecting my first child was the pain that comes along with motherhood. Sometimes it hurts to be a mom.
Some of my friends have suffered from years of infertility and miscarriages. Others have had to struggle through the diagnosis of autism for their children. Sadly, I have had several friends whose little ones died in their arms.
In comparison, my pain seems small. I lost a baby between my two kids and my youngest had a very challenging time learning to talk. He is caught up now, but it was gut-wrenching to watch him choke back tears when other kids couldn’t understand what he was trying to say.
Also, we have been in the process of international adoption for over three years now.
My heart aches for my two kids in Africa. I would give anything to hold them, kiss their noses and tuck them into bed. But I have to wait…and it hurts more than I would like to admit.
Can I go ahead and be honest here?
No one told me that motherhood could hurt so bad.
Most days are the happy chaos I always envisioned as a mom. However, there are some days where I struggle to be joyful in the pain. I’m guessing you do to.
You know what mamas? God knows that it can be hard. He not only watches over our little ones, but he tends to us moms too.
” He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”
– Isaiah 40:11
God is in the midst of our painful days. The days we ache over the loss, the days we get the diagnosis we feared, the days we watch our kids struggle.
He gently leads us through our grief, fear and disappointment. Psalm 27 says that we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
This promise from God allows me to find joy in the pain.
So, take heart mamas! God leads us through our pain and into His presence. Each time my adoption hits another snag, I remember what God has promised me. And He always keeps His promises.
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Elizabeth is a church planter, speaker, writer and naptime abolitionist. She lives in Texas with her husband & two little kids. Her other hobbies include wasting time on social media, trying to remember where she parked her car & browsing Pinterest for DIY projects she will never actually make. You can visit her over at Lark & Bloom or on twitter @larkandbloom.