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As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to reach out to all of the strong, hard-working moms out there. Every mom is one! Whether you read my blog, follow me on social media, or know me in person, I want to shed some light on mothers.
What Is a Mother?
A mother is Strong. Protective. Loving. Selfless.
The perfect example of a mother is the Proverbs 31 Woman. She is described as trustworthy, hardworking, fruitful, strong, a volunteer, crafty, wise, kind, blessed, a homemaker, fearful of the Lord, and praised by her husband for her work.
Personally, I aspire to be this woman every single day. I look up to this woman in the bible. I believe this is a perfect example of how every woman’s character should be.
The job that a mother has is so important and our characters must be well-defined before we can start building the characters of others, especially our little ones.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
As mother’s, we are responsible for the upbringing of little humans until they are adults. While this is no easy task, having that biblical strength is so necessary!
The world wants mothers to be weak and dependent on others for how we raise our children. But, if you just look to God, He provides so much wisdom and knowledge on how to manage this part of life!
Don’t forget to also lean on the older and wiser women in your life. They have been here before! I go to my mother-in-law so much for advice and she always tells me exactly what I need to hear, even if it’s hard.
Motherhood is HARD!
Oftentimes, we moms feel overlooked. We feel like our needs aren’t met and like everything we do is for others. Well, it is. Everything that a mom does is for someone. Whether it’s her kids, her husband, family, or friends, the list could go on and on.
Being a mother is truly about being a servant to others. And it’s hard! It’s hard to give yourself all day, every day. Mothers need someone to lean on. Someone to pick them up when the daily routine of life is too much.
I personally experience times when I’m just completely overstimulated. I’ve learned that identifying the things that overstimulate me has really helped me throughout the day when I feel like nothing is going right.
A lot of times, I am my own worst enemy. I start thinking of everything that I have to do and I make myself stressed. Writing a daily to-do list has helped with that so much!
One thing that really has helped me with overstimulation is reading scripture and listening to worship music. It is so easy for me to get into my own head and think only about myself. As a mom, I do everything for my boys and for my husband.
There are times when I get selfish. Sometimes I crack and make everything about me. I’m a flawed human. I have to constantly remind myself that by serving others and being a helpful hand is pleasing to the Lord.
A verse that really speaks to me is Galatians 5:13. It says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
I believe one of the biggest acts of love is through service. By dying to yourself and giving to or helping others. Putting others’ needs and wants above yours.
Man, is that hard! It’s hard to be selfless. We are selfish by nature. It’s a daily struggle to be selfless. For me, being a mother has helped me overcome that natural instinct.
Growing up, I had an overly critical mother. Everything I did was criticized and/or downgraded. While it was abusive and very difficult, little did I know that it was teaching me how to be strong as a mother.
I have learned many things from my mother. These things she did not teach me intentionally. They were taught through the fear I had of her and through the hope I had in God. The best thing? God showed me how to grow from that!
Our trials make us stronger. That trial, while weak at the moment, has helped me grow today. God’s timing is always perfect and He knew what I needed, even if I didn’t believe it at the time.
James 1:2-4 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
There were many things that I learned in my teenage years. My youngest sister was born, my parents were divorced and then married again, I was a ballerina, and I was being homeschooled.
In those years, I developed a sense of motherly love for my younger sisters. Again, I think this is another thing that helped me grow as a mother. I already had the instinct to care for younger ones at a young age.
I became a mom at nineteen. I was married and had just graduated high school. I was ready. I truly believe that God put me through that trial as a child and teenager to help me become the woman I am becoming every single day.
God sent my husband to me during our Senior year in high school. He was the first person I had ever told about what it was like growing up in my household. After we graduated, we made the decision to get married legally. I left home, he proposed, and then we were married before God. It was all in God’s perfect timing.
Looking back on it all, I am grateful for the hard times that I went through. They made me who I am today. I am prepared to be a mother and wife from the trials I have been through.
I love my boys and I genuinely want to serve them and my husband. I want them to be the thing that my life revolves around and it does.
One of the greatest sacrifices a woman can make is by becoming a mother. By raising arrows every single day. We are responsible for the health and well-being of our families. Whether you’re a working mom, stay-at-home mom, or both, it’s hard!
And It’s tough. Really tough. But, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I know motherhood is where God has me and I love it.
Resources For Moms:
Some incredibly helpful resources that I have bought for the special women in my life have all come from The Daily Grace Co. I just love their company foundations and what they stand for! You can read their statement of faith here.
Here are some of my favorite motherhood resources that they provide ~ and they’re super affordable, too!
- Gospel-Centered Motherhood
- Steadfast Motherhood
- Prayers For My Children
- Thirty Truths for Common Lies for Women
- Hymns for a Mother’s Heart (My personal favorite!!)
- Quarterly Planner
A Special Gift
If you’re a mom, you know that getting time to yourself can be difficult. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, a few other bloggers and I wanted to host a special giveaway for all of the wonderful mother’s out there!
Mother’s Day is the day we get to not only tell but also show Moms just how special and appreciated they really are.
Celebrate your motherhood journey and yourself this year! I’ve teamed up with a wonderful group of bloggers to help pamper four amazing moms!
There will be ONE Grand Prize Winner and THREE $100 gift card winners – for a total of four winners!! The Grand Prize winner will choose between a combo Air Fryer/Toaster Oven, or a Kitchen Aid Mixer (up to $300!!)
It’s our hope and prayer that we will add to your blessing this Mother’s Day and also show you just how much we appreciate you, our mom readers.
To enter for your chance to win this Mother’s Day Giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway.
I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries. Don’t forget, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!
This giveaway ends Friday, May 12th at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email to claim the prize. By entering this giveaway you may be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions upon entering the giveaway. By entering the giveaway, you agree and acknowledge your understanding of the terms and conditions.
Good luck to everyone who enters! If you’re an expecting mother, please check out my latest post, Hospital Bag & My Favorite Items!