All my life, I wanted to be a mommy. I went through a small stage as a teenager where I thought I didn’t want to – but it didn’t last long. I wanted to feel those little arms around my neck, to see the adoration in a little persons face, and to know I was needed more than anyone else in the world. My road to motherhood was long- I didn’t become a mom until I was 29, and when I did become a mom, it was to three children not one, and none of them were babies- they were 4, 8, and 11.
I soon realized that….
Motherhood has challenges.
At first, I thought it was just because I was raising children that were no biologically mine, or because they had been through something traumatic in losing their birthmom (you can read about how I became a bonus mom!) However, as I plunged head first into motherhood, I learned that other moms were having the same problems. God was giving me grace each day, and, my kids WERE throwing their arms around my neck, looking at me in adoration, and telling me that they loved me. They did need me more than anyone else on this planet. I just learned there was a lot of work to go with it!
Challenges don’t have to break us. On the contrary, they make us stronger. The things we have faced with our children have made me a stronger person- and have deepened my faith and trust in the Lord.
- The challenge of raising a teenager has made me pray hard. I don’t want my girl devoured by the world.
- The challenge of raising children in a world that is against Christianity, hard work and standards has made me push in harder. We know we have to disciple our children – and so we press in and do it. We know that we have to teach work ethic and responsibility, becasue we live in a world where you can do little and get by. We live in a world where there is no standards or values anymore- and so we teach those things in our home, and help our kids work through what it means to be friends with kids who have none of these things.
- The challenge of raising a special needs child constantly reminds me that I have special needs to – and that only Christ can fulfill those in me and in my child.
- The challenge of raising a spunky little girl in a world that longs to medicate children so that they can fit a classroom mold- and how that didn’t work for us. So, we brought her home.
- We face the challenge that each of our three (almost four!) children are so different- and that we must raise and train them different – even when that is hard.
- The challenge of parents and in-laws not always agreeing with our decisions, but feeling like we are doing what is best for our kids.
- The challenge of not meeting the expectations, or pinterest example, of other parents.
- The challenge to “keep up with the Jones”
The list can go on. There are so many challenges we face as parents. Yet, the most important thing we can do is to press into those moments, realize our weakness, and know that Christ is strong in those and that we CAN do all things if He is our strength.
Worshiping With My Life,