In honor of Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, I thought I would share some of the things I’ve learned in my first year of motherhood.
I’ve learned that there is a capacity of love that I knew not of. An unsurmountable degree of devotion that only exists for a child. People talk about, you see the effects of it, but until you have a child, there are no words that could express or explain the all encompassing fervency that comes with parenthood.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3
I remember when I told my parents I was pregnant, my dad smiled and said, “Your life hasn’t even started yet.” I think that was the best way to describe what was to come. Not that life had no purpose or meaning before, but that it’s purpose and meaning changes, evolves, and develops into something much different. Like I said, it’s nothing I could describe. But if you know, you know.
I must admit, before I became a mother, I severely short-changed God on His ability to love us. I’m sure I still do. But at least, not as much as before. I realized that there was this whole other level of love that I had never seen. It helped me see that there is, somehow, an even stronger love than a mother’s for her child. That love is a heavenly Father’s for His creation.
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13
I look at my daughter with more love than I thought possible and see how silly I am to think that God, could even for one second, forget about me. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my moments of doubt and misunderstanding, but at least now I have a little clearer perspective.
I’ve learned that the hard things are, definitely hard, unlike anything I’ve encountered to date. But they are also completely worth it. More worth it than anything I’ve encountered to date.
I’ve learned that when God says His mercies are new every morning, it’s because that is what is required to keep going.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I’ve learned that it’s okay to be tired, it’s okay to be overwhelmed, and it’s okay to be frustrated. As long as you’re also bringing all of it to God and letting His new mercies cover you every morning.
I’ve never had anything as important as my daughter to have to trust God with. I’ve learned that He can be trusted.Tweet
I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I thought. Motherhood has drawn out the necessity of strength the Lord gives.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
I’ve learned enough to write an entire book, yet I know that I have so much more to learn. I look forward to growing as a mother, knowing God will instruct me gently.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
To all the mothers reading this, I hope you’ve learned that God sees you. The work you do everyday that feels so undervalued and invisible. He sees it. He values it.
I believe that God is proud of us mommas. I believe that God is grateful you lay down your life to care for His creations.Tweet
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
I’ve learned that becoming a mother means laying down your own life, every day. Willingly, gladly, and freely. And that’s a beautiful thing.
Happy Mother’s Day.