Hi Friend, I’m Susan!
WELCOME TO THE EMPOWERED MOM!
I’m so glad you stopped by to know a little bit more about the Empowered Mom community. I would love nothing more than to get to know you as well. To know your struggles, failures and successes as a mom who strives to juggle so many roles and tasks everyday. The struggle is real! So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat.
First, I want you to know my heart for the Empowered Mom Club:
The Empowered Mom community is a safe place where my prayer is that other Moms like you and me, can let our guards down and be real with each other about our struggles in motherhood and life.
Friend, I want you to feel safe enough to be vulnerable and transparent about your failures in motherhood and not feel judged. The truth is, we’re not perfect or have it all together. So let’s take the pressure off ourselves and just be real with each other.
Our Purpose here at the Empowered Mom is to Encourage, to Inspire and to Support Moms like you, so that you can become Empowered for the Mission and Ministry of Motherhood.
We are going to be very intentional about it but I am not an expert in motherhood by any stretch, so let me free myself from any pressure, and you from unrealistic expectations. I’m just a friend, a Mom like you, who wants to come along side you in this journey to grow in our walk with God, learn from each other and grow as women and Moms. Motherhood is hard, so don’t do it alone.
ABOUT MY OWN MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY
“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth”. Psalm 127:4. The bible calls you and I, a “Warrior” whether we feel like it or not. And our children are “Arrows” that we’ve been given the great responsibility to shape and launch them into the world. To be a light in the world for the Glory of God. No wonder the enemy attacks Moms so fiercely because we have tremendous impact on the next generation of world changers.
Becoming a wife and a mom to my three little precious blessings was and still is one of my greatest joys in life. But I had no idea, did not expect and was not prepared for the rocky road ahead in my motherhood journey.
It has certainly been quite a journey. One filled with beautiful yet painful moments all that the same time. It has challenged me, stretched me and humbled me more than I could have ever imagined. Can you relate?
Like most of us starting out in our motherhood journey, we are excited and think we can do it all. I thought I was “superwoman” and could do it all. Be a good and loving wife. A good mom who is present and engaged with her kids. And also, be good at my profession as a physician with the immense commitment that it requires.
I got to a place in my journey, where I literally felt as if I was drowning and suffocating in all of the obligations and responsibilities that I was committed to or that I thought were expected of me by others. I was overcommitted and overwhelmed. Expended and exhausted. Worn out and burned out. Stressed and stretched too thin. Running on empty, out of breath and on edge. Depleted, defeated and depressed. Anxious, frustrated and restless. I had no idea, did not expect and was not prepared for where my choices in this journey had led me.
I realized that I had been trying to do it all on self-reliance. Relying on my knowledge, ability and strength and it was very exhausting. I was at my wits end and had nothing left to give. I was unhappy and miserable and it spilled over into my family life. I wasn’t enjoying life as mom, my relationships suffered and even my work which took up so much of my time. I felt helpless and so alone.
This was a pivotal moment for me because I knew that something had to change. I am a Christian and Christ follower and I trusted in God to guide me. But I was clearly not listening or adhering to His Word because I was too busy running from one task to another with an overwhelmed schedule and a weary soul.
Realizing that I couldn’t do it all was probably the lowest moment of my life. It was a humbling truth that I had wrestled so hard to admit but I had to be truly honest with myself. I couldn’t do it all on my own. I had to stop running and pause to consider what was going on in my own soul.
Letting go of my expectations about motherhood and completely lean on the Holy Spirit to strengthen me to do the most important tasks. And rely on the infinite wisdom of God to guide me in the commitments that really matter, has certainly put my weary soul to rest.
My prayer and hope is that, you too would stop running from task to task and pause to consider what’s going on in your soul because it’s only then, that you will find rest in Him.
Before you go, thank you again for stopping by. I truly appreciate it! I want to invite you to join our community of Empowered Moms as we rely on God’s Wisdom and Strength to help us navigate our calling as Moms with Joy, Grace, Resilience, Confident Purpose and Freedom.
If you join the Empowered Mom Club, you’ll receive weekly emails from our blog post messages to encourage you in your walk with God and life as a mom. Also, we will study books from Christian authors that are biblically based and specifically for encouragement to Moms.
Susan Egbe-Tanyi, MD is a wife, mom of three energetic kids, a board certified Family Medicine Physician, founder and blogger at The Empowered Mom Club and a servant at heart. A graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She and her husband, Paul, live with their three children in Charlotte, North Carolina.