“…tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might and the wonders that He has done… that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their HOPE in God.” Psalm 78:4, 6-7
It was an erratic event to remember really, Ha! My firstborn delivery experience… you read all the pregnancy books and your family “preps” you for the common scenario of the birthing experience, the t.v. shows highlight how delightful it can all be and then BAM! Things go totally awry and completely out of your control folks.
I had a C-section due to some physical complications and sparing the details for you, by the grace of God alone, my son was delivered successfully and we made it through a much unexpected moment in time.
So, here am I, a new mommy super tired, all the while thrilled, in awe of the adorableness of a baby and yet completely struck by the overwhelming emotion of being responsible for another life to nurture before my own. I was married young, fearful in some ways but somehow the Lord has guided me, extended so much grace and ever so gently along the way calling me out of darkness into light.
Years have passed and He has blessed me with a wonderful husband, a precious step-son and our joyful little guy too – together, a small army of boys now (for the record, I’m such a “girly-girl” and could not have predicted this!) and I wouldn’t change any of the crazy experiences I have had as a mom for anything this world might offer!
It’s not for the faint of heart… The day by day lessons learned whether you want to or not. Oh! …the patience I found I lacked and still struggle with, the messes, the redundancy of annoying movies watched over and over again, the grace needed, the homework, the smells y’all, the feelings of failure, the yelling (guilty and working on!), the dirt – so much dirt! The late night hours with bouts of sickness, the compassion, the hugs, the laughter, the tears, being your child’s champion cheering them on as you see them grow too fast, the self-control needed, the “many hats” lady, the wisdom required, and just being there for them– WOW! I’m learning that it’s a sweet lesson in Christianity 101.
Truly, a divine role at that! One that I am forever changed and thankful to God for as I mature in this beautiful role as mom.
It is a new year now and I simply can’t fathom time anymore… it just goes. Let me take this opportunity to say that I earnestly want to encourage your heart today and remind you that as image bearers of God, all women are uniquely called to mother. All women are gifted to help others in our lives to become more of who we truly are – to encourage, nurture, and in doing this we truly partner with Christ in the vital mission of bringing forth life and speaking it into the lives of others for generations to come, Lord willing. Some of us may not give birth to children, but we all can mother children, or give birth to new ideas, new ministries, creative expression and movements.
We birth life into others by inviting them into deeper realms of healing and deeper walks with Jesus. That’s you! That’s me! We as women called to mother, bring forth life to those we love and to those God puts in our paths. May your heart be drawn to The Father even more today (and help you pray!) through those moments when you feel like you just can’t take it anymore, when you are simply exhausted and at wits end or just in awe of the role you’ve been given – Christ is always there in those depths with us, our HOPE!
It is in those moments of life when the Gospel legacy in motherhood is brought forth. Embrace it!