Motherhood Is More Challenging Then I Imagined
This week’s topic hits very close to home for me personally as the mother of a two year old. We are going to talk about how to deal with the overwhelming day to day responsibilities of being a mom. I can say that I have seen this from all aspects, from ten years working with the teens parents in residential care to the current stage of being around my friends with young children, every mom has days of feeling overwhelmed at the continuous task at hand.. .raising children!
We are going to spend the week talking about how we cope on those days and how we get to the point of choosing to be fulfilled with the awesome job we have been privileged too. The first thing that we can do is take a step back and analyze our expectations. Some one once said to me “there’s no such thing as a perfect parent, just a good enough parent.” I love this quote and every time I think about this it takes a weight off. Part of a mom’s stress today is the feeling that we are expected to be able to do everything and do it all perfectly, in perfect balance. From keeping house, bringing in money, pouring into our kids lives, raising spiritual giants, keeping our kids healthy and well exercised, being involved in school and church functions and have time to work out and maintain the perfect body, to name a few. We can work ourselves into a frenzy trying to keep up this level of balance and order. Take the time to sift through those expectations and cut yourself some slack. There is no way to maintain this level all the time, something will get the short end of our attention. We cannot allow it to be actually raising our children! As we process today some verses that have helped me recently is Luke 9:46-48.
“An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
It is a reminder from the only perfect parent, there is nothing greater we can do with our time then serve the “least of these.” When we do this we are serving Him!
Listen to today’s podcast for more wisdom on this topic!