We do not have to view doing for others as separate from doing for ourselves.
Self-fulfillment is the name of the game these days. If I tell people I do not care what personal success I get out of life, I get funny looks. I just want to serve my family and those who may need me each day. Motherhood is a calling. It has been my calling. I don’t view it as anything less.
If I can raise my children to follow God, love others, and appreciate my husband and me. I think that would equal personal success if we can achieve all of that. It would be completely credited to the strength that God offers.
Are we moms allowed to go hang out with friends now and then?
Are we allowed to have a few hours to ourselves after a busy week of caring for our children and husband?
Are we allowed to celebrate successes that we achieve on our own?
Did Jesus worry about what He got out of His life?
He had a few moments when he asked God to release Him from his calling. He probably would have enjoyed getting married, having a child of his own, and sharing God’s word for a longer lifetime.
God’s plan won. I want to let it win in my life too.
Has motherhood felt like a calling on your life? Do you balance other callings while fulfilling your high calling of being a mom?
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I just found your website in searching for info on PPD. My son is 6 months and my PPD started around 3 months. I am sure part of my PPD came from me putting pressure on myself to be the perfect mom, and wife. My husband and I also live 4 hours away from our familys which we are close with. It was hard and still is to be so far away from our support. I finally started reaching out to some moms in my area and was so surprised to see that other moms struggle just like myself. I was also surprised to see how supportive other mothers are. I do not wish PPD or anxiety on anyone, but its nice to know that a lot of moms go through this and that my worrys were normal.
Little did I know I was already everything my husband and son needed me to be. I was letting worrying about every little thing take away from me fully enjoying my son, and this wonderful life I have. I love them more then anything and enjoy them. I am still struggling with PPD and anxiety, but with the support of my loving husband,my family, prayer, and support from others moms it's getting better.
I love your website and your post. I think its important to talk about the struggles as well as the many wonderful things that come along with being a mom.
I am so glad that you stopped by to share that. It is so important for us moms to connect with each other. I think the hard days feel a bit more "normal" when we do. It is great that you have found more contentment with your role and know that you are wonderful! I too live far from my extended family and that has weighed on me at times. It would be so nice to just call my mom to stop over and watch the kids in a moment of a bad day so I can clear my head, but I have prayer. I have to use that. I hope that things continue to get better for you-we all have bad days, but we can keep pushing forward learning as we go. I wish you well!
Candice Craig says
Thank you for this blog post. I just found this site from Pinterest and I really needed to hear this today! Thanks again
Candice, I am so glad to hear that! Stop back again and I wish you all the best.
I love this. Could not agree more. Sometimes I get distracted by things I would rather be doing…or I get tired and what I would rather be doing is just sitting somewhere QUIETLY and ALONE! Haha. But every time I look at my little boy's face when he is soaking up Mommy's undivided attention, or when I go to bed, exhausted, knowing my husband is pleased with what I accomplished in our home that day, I am beyond fulfilled. AND I know this is a season. A season filled with opportunities I won't ever have again. Why not make the most of investing in your family while you have the chance? The returns are surely 1000-fold.
"The wise woman builds her house,but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. (Proverbs 14:1)"
Absolutely! Love that verse and I love the focus on "seasons of life". Your family is blessed to have you! All the best!