Monday, May 14, 2012

Motherhood & blogging

Being mama can take it all out of you.   On days like yesterday {Mother's Day}, you have the chance to stop.   To stop and think about the job of 'Mama'.   The joy of being called Mother.   And when you stop, chills rush over you as the reality of your calling hits hard like a load of rocks falling on your heart.  The blinders of tired, long hard days and nights are pulled back and your blessings are revealed  in clear sight.   Those blessings called children.

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Then, that night you go to bed feeling full and wake up feeling rejuvinated.   Revived.   Not necessarily because you got those much needed 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, but because you had the chance to be reminded of just how great of a title you were given the moment you held that precious, slimey, pointy-headed, angel in your arms.   And from that moment on, life would never be the same.  Life as you knew it, was immediately a distant memory.
But it was better than you ever dreamed it could be.

I hope you were able to grab those precious little treasures and squeeze hard.   And if your like me, feel tears roll down your face.  Not out of sorrow, but out of gratefulness that God chose me to be their mama.   And plead with Him to show me how to fill their lives with the love of Christ.

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I have fallen in love with blogging. For several reasons, but the most important is I have been touched so deeply by other mothers and wives that are walking in these same tired shoes. Falling short and begging for another chance. Finding out the true meaning of exhaustion. But also the truest meaning of unconditional love. And knowing about His grace on a whole new level.

Today I have landed on one story after the other that seems to have been written just for me.  I've been so blessed by them, I had to pass them along.   I hope you can find a free minute to be blessed as well.

**The Gypsy Mama tells about her experience of breaking up with herself.
"Some days my head is still spinning from the rock and roll beauty of motherhood. The way it gut punch takes your breath away with the sheer exhilaration – I grow babies, hear me roar."

** Lemonade Making Mama writes about making peace with me.
"In my head, it goes something like this: I want to be the thinnest, fittest, prettiest, funnest, most well loved/liked person on the planet. I want everyone to love me most. I want to be everyone's best friend and first choice. I want it all. Who doesn't if they are truly honest? And because I can't be all of those things (no one can or should) I tend to feel inadequate, unworthy, insecure and often... like a failure. But the truth is... what I really want when I want all those things, is to be worshiped."

**"Each minute of every day, we are presented with a choice on how we spend our moments. We can either miss the moments or grasp them."
If you have a few, go over to Hands Free Mama  and read about how to miss a childhood.   I will warn you.....be prepared to get a real dose of conviction.  

**How much is too much? Part I and Part II  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.
"For most of my life, I had everything I wanted and I made sure to give some away. I truly never stopped to consider what life looked like for most of the world. I couldn't reach out and touch it, so it sort of didn't exist for me. I knew poverty was "out there", but I didn't know poverty closed its grip around my brothers and sisters. I just didn't see it that way. I didn't know they were mine."

**And then Shannan adds a few more gripping ideas when she writes about The Trouble with Dave Ramsey.
"Don't store treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6:19-21

** When you finish those, go check out Mama Monk's post on how to have grace with yourself.    It'll make you feel better :-)
"There is refreshment in that grace: the chance to begin every day, the chance to learn and change, to stick by convictions and let some of them float away on yesterday’s balloon. You don’t have to be the same mother you were last year. You are being refined."

My Mother's Day card from my children {John} this year is one of my favorite so far.  It said this:::

Thanking God for You, Mom

Lord, I ask You to bless the sweetest gift I know, my mom.
In a world frosty with cold shoulders, You've given  me her warm heart and filled it with unconditional love.
She's my hope to dream and my faith to endure.
She is a constant reminder of Your amazing grace and tender mercy.
{inside}
You're such a wonderful blessing and I hope you know how much I'll always praise God for His very special gift of you for a mother.

Blessings to you~

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love being a mama too! It breaks my heart every morning when I have to leave that boy's smiling face. It is the worst feeling in the world.

Mamy

Beth said...

It won't be much longer!!!! Yay!!!Then you won't have to leave that sweet baby anymore:-)