The Many Faces of Mothering Part 3

Mothering is a journey like no other, a calling. The details are unique, yet the struggles are oh so similar. We’re in this together, moms. Our paths may look different, but our hearts want the best for our kids. Be the mom who God designed you to be and support the moms, different as they may be, around you. Today, we continue in our series to celebrate the calling of motherhood (read part 1 here or part 2 here). Lisa Brown reminds us of important truths to cling to on our journey.

Being A Mom by Lisa Brown

Just recently I asked a group of moms what they do for their children’s bedtime routine. I compared what I do with their ideas and I fell short. I don’t give my kids vitamins every night and I forget to have them brush their teeth. Things like this used to make me feel like a failure. And sometimes it still does.

I’d like to say that I don’t struggle with perfection or comparing myself to other moms. But I do struggle with both of these things. Some days I beat myself up more than other days. I know that I’m not always going to measure up to my own expectations. I’m not a failure. I’m just another mom who doesn’t always get it right.

God is leading me to confront my children in love and hold them accountable.  

The Many Faces of Mothering

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The Many Faces of Mothering Part 2

Mothering is a beautiful journey, full of messes and love and heartache and joy. Although the world often focuses on “rights and wrongs” of mothering, we want to celebrate mothers everywhere who are brave enough to trust in the Lord. In this series (see part 1 here), we celebrate you, mama!

Following is the beautiful journey of Liz Jones.

My journey as a mother is not unlike most I’m sure. It consisted of a series of stumbling, falling, getting up again, dancing, soaring, running and crying on my knees moments. I wish I could say that every move I made, I covered in prayer, sought out the best support and advice and stayed consistent in my own relationship with the Lord throughout, but that would be misleading. I found that the Lord found me unprepared and needy and pulled me up, nurtured me and taught me along the way, as so often He does whenever we do anything new!

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Perspective

Before children, if asked what physical attribute I liked best about myself, I would have absolutely chosen my hair. It was thick, straight, long, and blonde. While I knew it didn’t define me, it was definitely part of my picture. I imagined myself someday holding angelic babies, as my hair lay ever so gently at my side, a peaceful smile on my face.  It was a beautiful image.

Reality was a bit different. My hair began to curl during my first pregnancy, not a soft wave, mind you. Kinky curls draped the back of my head and then slowly worked their way over the rest. The in between was quite a sight! It actually gets thicker and curlier with each pregnancy. (Have I mentioned I have 6 children?) What was once smooth and sleek, is now big and crazy.

Perspective

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Raising a Family Circus

Our home is a 3 ring circus, complete with clowns, animals, stunt shows, a ring leader and lion tamer. We know that many believe this when gazing at our brood. We can only imagine the crazy scenarios that go through their heads as though poop slinging and wall climbing are commonplace. This was apparent when the realtor came to do an inspection on our home and squealed in shock at how well the home was cared for, “especially with 6 kids.”

There are others who have heard our children calmly responding “Yes, Ma’am,” while obediently walking with a hand on the grocery cart and helping quietly with the shopping list, who believe we have it all figured out.

raising a family circus

Reality lies somewhere in the middle, between the poop slinging and the angelic shopping trip.

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