Sunshine and Thunderstorms: Real Motherhood Unveiled

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Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom has defined my life for the past two years and there are two things you should know about me—I am grateful for the gift of motherhood and I adore my precious son with all my heart. Another thing you should know about me—Not every part of my mommy journey has been a walk in the park.

It’s often easier to talk about the sunshine moments of motherhood.

You know…the things like how exciting it was to see your child take their first step and the cute little phrase your toddler muttered at the check-out line in the grocery store.

I have a long mental list of smile-filled memories with my son. I cherish those moments; I hold onto those moments; I see a little piece of Heaven in those moments.

There are also days when the clouds roll in—the stuff that’s harder to talk about.

You know… the days when your child won’t nap, has a tantrum every 10 minutes and you don’t have a minute to sit down and eat a meal, let alone go to the bathroom.

Yes. I have experienced those moments too.

Many moms {including myself} tend to shy away from talking about the struggles we face as parents. Instead, we hide in shame and feel guilty for having days where we feel frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted. Some lie floating around tells us that we are “bad moms” if we share anything other than the rose-filled stories.

Please hear me. I’m not advocating that we should go around griping and complaining about our mommy hardships. That’s certainly not the type of life our Heavenly Father wants us to live.

However…

That same Heavenly Father gave us a book filled with countless scriptures meant to encourage us through every season of our lives.  The God of this universe-the One who created us-the One who knows exactly how many hairs we have on our heads…HE knows that there will be both good times and challenging mountains to climb in our mommy journeys. He wants us to experience Joy throughout the course, He wants us to remember that our true hope is in Him—but He does not expect for us to always wear a smile.

He gave us real feelings and it’s OK to have real feelings.

As moms, we need safe places to pour out our hearts—Mom friends or other trustworthy souls who we can laugh with, rejoice with, cry with, share our struggles with and just be REAL with. That’s not called complaining; it’s called sharing feelings in an appropriate setting with others who care and understand. God designed us to be in community where we have people cheering us on through our mommy adventures.

We need that.

You know what else we mommies need?

Some time with our Heavenly Father.  No matter how busy the day gets, it is to our benefit to find some quite moments with the Lord.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” {Matthew 11:28 NIV}

TELL HIM how you really feel. He can handle the good, the bad and the ugly. Praise Him and Thank Him for the blessings. Thank Him that he can take the ashes and turn them into beauty. Cry out to Him with your burdens. Rest in His loving arms and listen for His voice of Truth. He loves you. He adores you. You are HIS cherished Daughter. Don’t forget that promise.

Real motherhood is full of glorious sunshine moments and yes, some raging thunderstorms as well. During the rainy days of motherhood remember that eventually the sun will shine again. And when the sun is shining, cherish those moments because they are glorious treasures from above.

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Dear Father, Thank you for the gift of motherhood. Cover every mom with your love today, and guide them as they raise the children that you have entrusted to their care. Protect their minds from the lies and remind them that they are not alone in their journeys. Lead them to trustworthy people who can offer a listening ear and an encouraging word. To every mom today who feels drenched in water from the storms, offer them a dry towel and a shoulder to lean on. Remind them that they can always rest in your arms. Remind them that you are always there to listen. Remind them that even when it feels like they are messing up, your Grace is always there to cover them.  Remind them that no matter how dark the storm, eventually the sun will shine again. After all, you put a rainbow in the sky to remind us of your promise. May we never forget that promise. In Your Mighty Name we pray, Amen

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood

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5 thoughts on “Sunshine and Thunderstorms: Real Motherhood Unveiled

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  2. Hannah, I love this. It’s so wise, balanced & beautifully spoken. It reminds me of the theme for MOPS this year which is “Beautiful Mess.” Our lives are so often both of those things… & when we authentically embrace, acknowledge & live out of both of those realities (not denying one to the exclusion of the other), I think God is really honored & real intimacy (with Him & others) can be experienced. I enjoyed talking to you last week… Would love to do it again sometime (& we don’t mind coming to you next time)!

    • Thank you Jami and wonderful thoughts from you! A beautiful mess is definitely an accurate description of motherhood and I am learning to embrace both sides. Like you said, when we do… we grow deeper in our relationship with God and our relationship with others. I loved seeing you and your precious kiddos and would love to have you guys over some time in the near future too!

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