Originally published Friday, 11 January 2013.
The Message (MSG)
3-5 Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.
Do you see it?
From the beginning you probably need to know that I am not one of those extremely happy, incredibly spiritual, homeschooling super moms (although I wish I was!!) I, like many, am a grown up little girl who dreamed of one day becoming a wife and of course a mommy.
During the beginning of my journey into motherhood, I looked at my situation and all I could see was dirty diapers, growing piles of laundry and chicken fingers. After having 4 kids in a 5year span, I felt like I was living a life that I had only wanted in theory. The details of my reality did not match my dream, and certainly did not resemble a “gift.”
I cannot recall an exact moment, but thankfully something changed! Not my situation but my perspective. With each new baby girl, the piles of laundry only grew larger, the dirty diapers got messier and the chicken fingers, well they made their way onto the table more frequently. However, at the same time my smile was growing bigger and laughter began to make itself at home!
As we spend some time together, I challenge you to join me in adjusting our perspectives. Let’s begin reaping the benefits of all God created our journey to be!
The messy, the stinky, the sleepy, the joy!
I'd love to hear from you! Has motherhood been all you that dreamed it would be? How has God changed what you see in and for your children? What has been your biggest struggle? How has it changed what you desire for yourself?
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