Becoming a Mom.

It’s not exactly what we thought it would be. The first time your child was handed to you, it seemed as if nothing could ever take away the deep joy and love you felt for your child.

Until the journey of motherhood becomes more arduous with sleepless nights, toddler tantrums, kids activities, endless obligations and so much more than we had ever expected to give.

Slowly, the joy we once felt dissipates into worry and anxiety as our expectations are met with frustration. Becoming a mom is not exactly what we thought it would be.

More than Expected.

It’s much harder than we imagined. Your days become preoccupied with caring for the needs of others, and yours get put to the side.

The excitement of becoming a mom is now replaced with an emptiness from exhaustion and depletion.

As our patience wears thin and our frustration mounts, we become angry at the very ones that once brought us indescribable joy.

It’s not that we don’t love our children, we do. But we’re overwhelmed and outdone by the arduous journey of motherhood.

Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the joy in the journey.

For a Season.

We’ve heard older moms say, that children grow up so fast and the years go by so quickly. Some say, if they could change one thing about motherhood, they would have simply enjoyed the journey.

Friend, the days may seem long, but the years are short. Motherhood is only for a season and we only get one chance to do this.

It’s not going to be a perfect journey. We won’t always get it right. We may be unsure of the challenges every season brings with it. But through the uncertainties, failures, tears and pain, God has a purpose for us. And we can trust that He will give us exactly what we need for each season and every struggle we face.

Rediscover Joy.

Our children are part of a beautiful story that God is writing in our lives. A story of becoming the mom He has called us to be. A better mom. More like Jesus.

We can’t become better without Him. We must abide in Him. Apart from Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5)

“You will fill me with joy in your presence” – Psalms 16:11b

In God’s presence, surrendered to His purpose, we will find joy for the journey. Knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 11:5b)

So, let’s embrace the season we’re in and enjoy the journey of becoming the mom that God has called us to be.

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