Motherhood can be joyous, frightful, daunting, uplifting and everything in between! As a mother of three, I go through many emotions as I’m parenting, like happiness, anger, sadness, and frustration. These emotions vary from day to day and from season to season. As parents, we try to give our children the things we had or even didn’t have growing up.
Our children are the gift, not us
Often times, we forget that our children are their own people, wrapped up in their own little identities with different needs for each child. Maybe the way we grew up isn’t necessarily the route we should take for our kids. Or the way we didn’t grow up. There’s no written manual for motherhood, no specific guide. We just have to seek Christ and use the tools and resources that He’s given us to navigate through raising our children.
Self-care is an essential part of motherhood
We as mothers, also have to be sure to take care of ourselves. No, it isn’t selfish. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite. Have you ever heard of the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup?” This statement is so true! How can you love your kids correctly or anyone for that matter, if you are always empty on the inside?
One of the most important things in motherhood is making sure that “mama” is okay and functioning to her best ability. Find some time for a quick devotion in the mornings, grab that warm cup of coffee, take that run! Whatever it is, do it. Fill YOU first so that what’s on the inside of you can pour down into your children. Doing these things will ensure that whatever you’re pouring out is pure, wonderful, and gracious. What are you feeding into your spirit?
A lot of times, if we really check ourselves and be honest, we will notice our attitude and emotions towards our kids stem from what’s inside of us. No, we’re not perfect so thank God for grace. But if we strive to fill our hearts, minds and bodies with things of God and things and activities that are for our good, we’ll notice more peace in our homes and parenting despite how it may look on the outside. Take care of YOU, enjoy each day whether they be “good” days or “bad” and simply enjoy being a mother. It was God’s gift to you!