In honor of Mother’s Day, I selected a few of my favorite posts regarding motherhood. I feel so privileged to have these little ones, but I often feel as though I fail in my calling as a mama. Or I begin the day telling myself that I won’t become frustrated or impatient, only to hear my voice getting a bit firmer and louder by mid-morning.
These five posts each touch on a different aspect of motherhood–from struggles to blessings to practical mothering tips. I hope you’ll be encouraged and inspired to keep pressing forward and allowing God to mold you into the mama your babies need most.
If mothering little ones is how God has called us to serve Him in at the moment, then that’s where we will be called to sacrifice ourselves. And even when it feels like we’re sacrificing a lot, just a glance at what Jesus sacrificed to redeem us, makes any sacrifice seem hardly worthy of the name “sacrifice.”
I have in my head all of these ideals and principles of who I want to be, what I want my family to look like, and how I want my children to live when they grow older. I talk a big game, but when it comes down to actually living it out I am failing miserably.
Sin has a way of wrecking things. Sin makes even the beautiful and the blessed broken and undesirable. As a parent, my natural response (read that “my sin-nature response”) to the sin (and sometimes just the inconvenience) of my children is to complain. It’s not pretty, it’s not helpful, and it’s not something I’m proud of. But it’s true.
Part of preparing ourselves for a new little one is spending time in prayer for our baby’s health and spiritual well-being. A couple of months ago, I was convicted that I wasn’t spending much time in prayer for the baby specifically. We included the baby in prayers for our family but I wanted to be more intentional about speaking Scripture over my unborn child!
With each passing month, my heart sank a little more and my life-long dream of having children died a bit. The emotional roller coaster was taxing on me and my marriage. Each month was a let down. Each month I wondered what I did wrong. Why was I broken? Why was God silent? Didn’t He hear my cries? I pleaded for a child of my own but those prayers seemed to land on deaf ears.
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