I am only ten years into this journey but with five children… I have to be honest and real…. I’ve never been so sad and stressed!
I am told that this is the beginning and it only gets harder.
I believe it.
I also believe the moments can and will be sweeter and lovelier! Like when I’m done teaching my stressed and anxious ten year old math then she says “Thanks, Mom” and gives me that side hug. A few things I have seen in parenting is: I have never been so much more in love than when I had these five munchkins. They are my friends and teachers! I believe wholeheartedly that my children are a gift and they’re an inheritance from God…
Five children and they’re all different.
Each one has his or her strengths and weaknesses along with his or her own style of learning and love (giving and receiving).
What the hard times and good times teach me: to study them and get to know them… I’ve been doing it 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 years …and it continues.
I am so thankful. I am most thankful because I know that God loves me dearly and gives me salvation…he loves even me! See, I have my hard days, my tantrums and ugly moments (feels almost unredeemable) YET God loves me dearly. My worth is not tied to good days and bad days; it is tied to God, Creator. He made me and my husband and my children and all people with worth…
If I am an agent, ambassador for God’s love and kingdom here on earth: I can extend grace. Even on the hardest days, the ugliest moments, my ragiest rage days… God loves me dearly. God loves each on dearly. I love my children.
I am so thankful for the privilege to be a mom… to experience the day to day. I wish there were no moments of pain, tear, or suffering but I am learning to “count it all joy” as the writer of the book of James says.
How are you doing today? Are you a parent? Are you a sister, brother, friend, or neighbor? How are learning about your people…and loving others well? Do you know you are made of worth and love? Comment below.