Love Life as a Mom, Part 1

Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
Elizabeth Stone

They say that a man becomes a father the moment he holds his new baby, but a woman becomes a mother the moment she holds that positive pregnancy test. Whether or not this is an accurate depiction for most people, few would argue that motherhood is one of the most difficult challenges a woman will endure in her life.

Motherhood carries the weight of being a superhero with the recognition of a sewage worker: moms fix everything—literally everything!—but no one seems to notice until things start to fall apart and smell.

Whether caring for your own children or children that you love enough to be your own, it is exhausting work: young or grown, your children are always children and in need of a mom.

Being a mom hurts. It’s hard, exhausting, and thankless. Sometimes, it feels like everything is against you. Motherhood is a challenge and it is TERRIFYING. Worst of all, there is no instruction manual or “one size fits all” parenting.

How can you do this?
In the next three weeks I will share with you three steps to help you to love life as a mom.

Step 1 – Let your FAITH be bigger than your FEAR

As a mother you have many fears: Am I spending enough time with the kids? Will I be able to provide enough for my family? Are my kids experimenting with drugs? Are they drinking? Do my children feel reassured and loved? Are my children having or are they exposed to sex? What am I doing wrong now?!

Let it go! Fear steals your hope, destroys your joy, and takes your freedom to live the abundant life Jesus wants to give you. One of the tricks Satan uses over and over again is to beat you down until you surrender in defeat and fall for his ugliness instead of holding on to God and His promises. Once you surrender, the results are devastating: it imprisons you as your actions begin to reflect your fear instead of faith in Jesus.

Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Mark 5:36

These are the words of Jesus! Fears and problems can pile up until they are mountains around you. This frequently happens when you are simply thinking about your children and all the possibilities. Do not fear: OVERCOME!

Of course there are legitimate fears and concerns, but often fear comes from a lack of trust in God, not knowing His promises, or His commitment to you His child. However, do not let these destroy your relationship with your children. More importantly, don’t become so lost in fear that you cannot see beyond it to the blessings before you or the ways to fight against fear with God by your side. I urge you to let go of the fear of not being in control and to trust God with the bigger picture. I leave you this week with one last thought: There is one healthy fear spoken of in the Bible and that is to fear God.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

What fears are you facing? Share your fears and your mountains with me. I want to help and would happily pray with you.

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