Tuesday, January 24, 2012

First time moms...

As a first time mom, I get a lot of "advice" that I've had to learn to take with a grain of salt.
There are a lot of expectations that we put on ourselves as moms and when our children don't grow up as planned, we blame ourselves.  I've had this feeling too many times to count in the past 19 months.

I have two sister in laws that make being a mother to multiples seem effortless.  I often think if I'm capable to mother more children and still be a good servant of Christ, wife, friend as they are.

I love being a mother, but I have to constantly remind myself that I'm not in this alone.  Sure there are a slew of other first time moms going through the same thing I am, but what we too often neglect to take advantage of is the fact that we have a heavenly father to guide us in parenting.

As a mom I'm supposed to make sure my child is fed, clothed, and sheltered.  That she wears a jacket when it is cold.  That she drinks extra fluids when sick.  That she learns to share.  But there is so much more to it.  I'm constantly worrying.  Does she weigh enough?  Is she growing, walking, talking, playing appropriately.

I feel like it is much easier to get caught up with those issues when we have just one child (which, psychologically can cause issues for the the child later on in life that I won't even begin to try to address).

However, whether you have one child or nine, we need to be reminded that we all have the same concerns for our children and Christ is with us.

I read this article the other day and breathed a sigh of relief.

Why should we waste our time worrying about things that we can't even control instead of praying to the God who can?!?!

Of course, this is easier said than done and something I struggle with daily.  

So, she requires a few extra calories, or some encouragement using her words.  Isn't it all for the glory of Christ?  And the only way I know (at this point) to glorify Him in this trial is to lean on Him and trust His plan for my sweet Emmy (and subsequent children).

So, this is just to remind me to give the big stuff to God and enjoy motherhood at each amazing stage.

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