I’m running off four hours or less of sleep, we are out of coffee, the kids are sick and crying and my husband has to go out of town. You can imagine what kind of mood this put me in. I’m tired, I’m cranky and I’m feeling defeated. But all these feelings, besides being tired (which just comes with the territory of being a mom), are my choice. I am choosing to be cranky and let the situation defeat me. Positivity doesn’t always come naturally. Sometimes we have to make a conscious effort and work towards it. It’s hard to remember that everyday of motherhood is a gift.
There is no one to blame and no one who can change the situation we have been given. Only I can choose what happens next. I can choose to respond with love. I can choose to not be stressed. I can choose to show patience and I can choose to make the most of the hand I’ve been dealt for the day.
God didn’t promise us life would be easy. He didn’t promise us happiness or success. In fact, His word tells us life will be challenging, we will face difficulties and sorrow.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)
If life was butterflies and rainbows every day, would we truly see the beauty or would we take it for granted as we often do motherhood?
I know I take motherhood for granted some days. Those hard days, like the one I mentioned above. When Murphey’s Law seems to be in full effect and I’m having a “bad” day. Or those times when I’m glancing at the clock thinking, “Two more hours until my husband’s home” or “I can’t wait for bedtime tonight.”
I think about the hard days with my kids, when one is teething and the other is having melt down emotions every ten minutes. I think about the challenges I face with trying to raise them by His word. And then I think, what if it was all taken away? What if I’m not here with them tomorrow or I wasn’t given this precious gift of being their mom? I think about how much I have grown and changed since becoming a mom. How much bigger my heart feels and how I finally understand His love for me. These thoughts encourage me to be positive during my day, to show love and patience and to give myself and others more grace.
As moms it’s so easy for our days to get off to a rocky start, but I encourage you to look for the blessings in your day and remember that every day we are given is a gift. Find the beauty in your days, even the hard ones.
Tell us about your hard day that you turned around to become a good one. We’d love to hear from you!