I needed to read this post over on Scary Mommy today. What a terrifying reminder. Life isn't all about how much you can cram on your plate... As moms, there is an overwhelming sense of responsibility to manage quality time with your kids, nurturing your marriage, while keeping the house clean, being a good friend, serving your extended family and helping in the schools, community and/or church... all while trying to be healthy, have a few hobbies/interests of your own, exercising your faith and did I mention raising babies into who will be the future of this world? Some days are daunting and others are bliss. But it all comes back to my ambition over the past year to "find joy in the journey."
To my fellow mama's out there, you are strong and capable. You are doing the best you can! No matter what stage in motherhood you are in, you are not alone. No one expects you to be Super Mom. Even our Father in Heaven doesn't expect perfection of us. All that He asks is that we strive to be our best self and endure to the end. It is not a race. There's no competition. We have all been given talents that make us unique and special. YOU are special. YOU are beautiful. YOU are a daughter of a King.
Things in life happen that really pull the rug right out from under us. Some are more traumatic than others. Some days it might be sleep deprivation from a newborn, a falling out with a friend/family member or a toddler tantrum in the grocery store that none of the customers will forget for as long as they live. Maybe it's job loss, marital struggle, medical diagnoses or loss of a loved one. You are not alone.
Give yourself a break. We could all use one of those!
Life is nothing near easy. On the outside, some may appear to have it that way. But that's not realistic. Don't be so hard on yourself!
I challenge you (and myself) to take a moment each day to find joy in your own personal journey. Some days it will be without much effort and others it will be like finding a match while folding a pile of socks. On those days where stress and heartache consume you, create your own joy. Grab some chocolate, take a hot bath or even just find a way to be alone for 10 minutes.
YOU are wonderful and YOU are enough.
With these thoughts, I am reminded of the Young Women Theme that I have recited numerous times since I was twelve.