It is almost Mother’s Day! Becky, the 1C13P team, and I have the great blessing of having the founder of The M.O.M. Initiative guest blogging for us. Stephanie Shott has a huge heart for reaching the next generation through the missional mentoring of moms. I’m also privileged to part a part of Stephanie’s Mentor MOM team. You will LOVE her heart for parenting. Happy Mother’s Month! (Hey, why not all of May?)
With faith, hope, and love,
IS BEING A MOM REALLY HARD?
I LOVE being a mom. Always have. Always will.
But it’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s hard.
When my children were young, I admit there were times when I wanted to pull the covers over my head and wish the day away. With so many things vying for my attention and an unending to-do list, it was pretty hard to face every day with a song on my lips and a smile on my face.
My often crazy-busy-life may have made me want to run and hide, but being a mom never has. Motherhood may come with its share of heartaches and challenges, but children are such a precious gift and being a mom is a blessing, not a burden.
When we say that being a mom is hard, we sometimes hold our hearts hostage to the difficulties of motherhood and prevent ourselves from embracing the beauty and joy that comes with being a mom.
When it comes to motherhood, hard does not equal bad.
Hard is just sometimes the reality of the moment or of the season you and your children are in. Hard is about certain circumstances or behaviors you have to deal with. Hard deals with specifics.
But motherhood encompasses a lifetime of experiences. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The hard, the exciting, the fun, and the festive. Each experience a significant part of our journey as a mom. Some are hard, yet all are the ‘stuff’ memories are made of and each one is a gift that not only helps your children grow, but they help us grow as well.
It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about how hard it is to be a mom ~ especially on the days that are hard…when your teen talks back, your toddler drops a roll of toilet paper in the commode, the spaghetti boils over, and the car brakes down on the way to open house at your child’s school.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even frustrated when you are trying your best to mold you children’s character and the world is doing it’s best to sabotage everything you have ever taught them.
But don’t let the moments of difficulty cloud your view of a lifetime of joy in your motherhood journey.
I know being a mom is hard, but motherhood is a blessing not a burden. The key for moms is to focus on the privilege we’ve been given rather than the difficulties that sometimes come along with a lifetime of hearing the sweetest words you’ll ever hear this side of heaven… Mom, I love you!
Is being a mom hard? Absolutely! It’s hard, messy, and sometimes even mundane. But it’s a beautiful mess that is overshadowed by the wonder of the call to the most magnificent role on the planet…that of a mom.
DO THE HARD PLACES OF MOTHERHOOD OVERSHADOW THE WONDER AND JOY OF BEING A MOM?
Stephanie Shott is an author, speaker, and founder of The M.O.M. Initiative. Her passion is to know Christ and make Him known, and to impact this culture for Christ through the power of missional mentoring. Stephanie is the author of Ecclesiastes: Understanding What Matters Most and the soon to be released, The Making of a Mom.