One exceptionally tough morning, as I sat in my room crying while my oldest threw a tantrum about some life altering event like running out of chocolate milk, or me handing him chocolate milk with my “bagel hands”, and my youngest having a meltdown because I am the worst mommy ever for not letting her climb onto the table (again), I began to question if I am really cut out for this mom thing.
Head in my hands and cheeks stained, I glanced up to take a breath, only to exhale exhaustively at the realization that the cushion under my feet was a mountain of laundry, staring at me to be washed - and that was on top of the dishes that accumulated within the 2 hours of being awake.
Defeated, drained, and dreaming of nap time (which is a coin toss in our house at the moment) - and it was only 7 AM.
I often wonder how my friends make motherhood look so graceful. They balance half a dozen kids with (what looks like) effortless ease, their houses are always neat and welcoming, and their children eat foods other than chicken nuggets, Trader Joe’s tacos, and pizza.
And I know not to compare - its more of an observation. And I am beyond blessed that these amazing and Godly women I get to call my tribe don’t ever allow me to believe that any part of motherhood is easy - whether you have one child or six. I am thankful that I even have a tribe - let alone one that speaks life and truth to me when I am feeling nothing short of unequipped and weak.
But that still doesn’t make the moments alone in my bedroom, buried in my burdens, any easier to bear. And it was here in this broken moment that I felt the Lord call out to me. Galatians 6:9. I stopped and pondered the random thought that popped into my mind. It wasn’t a verse - it was literally just a reference. It took me by such surprise that I had to question if there even was a Galatians 6:9 in the Bible. Spoiler alert - there is.
I was definitely growing weary. My heart was beyond worn in that early morning moment. But reading these words ignited my heart. It felt like it does when you open the windows on a beautiful 70 degree day - sunshine spills in and the sweet scent of the breeze rustles the trees and thrills your senses (can't be just me)! My heart physically started to beat quicker as I ran to fetch my Bible, excitedly and weirdly confidently, turning the pages to find this mystery verse. I read as the hairs on every part of me were awakened at the realization that I had just met with Jesus. He was with me. He knew exactly what I needed at that moment. He knew how to encourage my heart to get up and keep going.
I took a deep breath. This time the laundry pile didn't threaten me, the dishes were just a stop on the day's details that I would get done, and I walked back into the living room, hugged my sweetly sensitive kids, and taught them what I had just learned - it's ok to feel overwhelmed and emotional. The important thing is I am here for you - because God is here for me. We all took some deep breaths and made it to the next hour.
Because some days that is all you can do - make it to the next hour. Anna says in Frozen II - just keep doing the next good thing (pretty sure I botched that and I am admittedly too tired to look it up - sorry, real life). That pretty much sums up motherhood.
Keep doing the good. Don’t grow weary. Don’t give up.
Whether you are repeating this to yourself every 30 minutes or every 30 days - God’s truth is always ready and willing to speak, to encourage and empower us to do the good work of motherhood that he has specifically called us to.
I am thankful for the reminders that I am, indeed, cut out for Motherhood - because the creator of the universe called me into being one. He entrusted me with the greatest little troublemakers this side of Heaven.
These ten verses are the ones I have been clinging to recently - especially during these stay at home orders. Each verse acknowledges arduous efforts and inspires us to challenge the thoughts that threaten us - like I am not cut out for motherhood. I personally encourage you to write these scriptures in a journal, print them for your walls, or save the image on your phone. Do whatever you need to do to help remind yourself that you are not a mother by accident, but rather, you were ordained for this task and God is faithful to sustain you in it.
I mostly love these verses because they are the next best thing to having my friends speak them to me face to face. We all know motherhood is hard. If anyone says different, question if they are human. Jk. But really. And while it’s hard, that is also where great growth and deeper dependency on Christ come in. If I presently cannot share in the struggles and triumphs with my tribe, I am confident that I meet with Jesus every time I speak these words.
I hope you meet him within them, too.
And know that, especially these little years, are hard. And that’s ok. There will be trials and tribulations, but we can take heart - Jesus has overcome it all (John 16:33).
1. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
2. "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." PHILIPPIANS 1:6
3. "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." ROMANS 8:28
4. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." EPHESIANS 2:10
5. "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." PSALM 139:14
6. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." COLOSSIANS 3:23-24
7. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
8. "Commit your work to the Lord , and your plans will be established." PROVERBS 16:3
9. "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58
10. "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." GALATIANS 6:9
*All scripture is taken from the English Standard Version. If you would like to know more about these verses you can read them here. If you would like to go deeper in your Bible study, I highly recommend these resources: How to Read the Bible Book by Book & How to Read the Bible for all it's Worth.
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