DISCOVERING YOURSELF THROUGH MOTHERHOOD
Updated: Oct 4, 2020
"Discovering God's gift to a 1,000 generations starting with you."
“What we do now to invest in our personal growth and our relationship with Christ, will forever impact the lives of others.”
Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs, but one that can help you discover more about yourself than anything else. We can all relax knowing that we can take it one day at a time, learn one lesson at a time, and become a version of ourselves that we never thought were possible. How great is that? We get this opportunity to invest in our children while learning so much about ourselves? It’s almost like a second chance for us. Everything that we didn’t quite understand about our past finally starts connecting and coming together. Everything our parents, grandparents, and previous generations did, we have the chance to do better.
Discovering who we are through becoming a mother is definitely not an easy task. With the day to day decisions of what our children should eat, what activities they should do, how to keep them safe and healthy, how to help them grow into a good human being (and that is just the start of it). We have all of these things to worry about, plus then we have ourselves to think about too (Hello me? Are you still in there?). How do we not lose ourselves? How do we keep that spark alive with our spouse? How do we find time to stay physically and spiritually healthy? (the list goes on...). Most importantly, how can we be the best version of ourselves, so that we can be the best example for our children?
The shortcomings of our parents and previous generations can impact our perspective on our pasts as well as our view of ourselves in this very moment. It has been very eye opening, yet refreshing in a sense to learn more about my parents, and their family dynamic from their point of views. All this knowledge has created healthier relationships and equipped me on how to handle certain circumstances in my own life. Knowing how someone else was raised (even our parents), can help us see things more through their eyes. Learning from their perspectives, their hurts, and hang-ups, allows me to show compassion on a whole new level. All these discoveries, can help us be more willing to forgive, love, and extend grace in return. We all have the opportunity to use our past transgressions and turn them into strengths.
Now think about how powerful this is for a moment. Instead of using our past experiences against ourselves and letting those things make us weaker; we have an opportunity for a fresh start, to turn things around for the better. Think about the potential impact this can have on not only your life, but your children's, and future generations. What we do now to invest in our personal growth and our relationship with Christ, will forever impact the lives of others. We all can live a life filled with God's abundant love. It is an incredible thing my friend!
It’s never simple of course. We all have pasts...that’s a whole other blog post in itself lol. We all have things we aren’t proud of, but we all also have the need to feel loved, to feel accepted, to be forgiven, and to be reassured everything is going to be okay. Well my friend... I’m here to tell you, if you are on a path of righteousness in Jesus Christ as you endure the ever-changing journey of motherhood...you are going to discover just how good and gracious God is. Be rest assured that you are going to be more than okay. You are already making big strides by being self-aware and surrendering your life over to Jesus. Your kids will benefit from this more than you will ever know and so will their kids. This will be God's gift to a 1,000 generations starting with you.
"Your perseverance through Christ and willingness to self-reflect during these sometimes lonely, isolating, and exhausting times of motherhood is an investment in yourself."
Your perseverance through Christ and willingness to self-reflect during these sometimes lonely, isolating, and exhausting times of motherhood is an investment in yourself. This will indefinitely unravel in so many healthy ways among your children and even your spouse. Be proud of yourself my friend...you are doing the right things. Use this time of questioning to unleash what all you're really made of. Discover who you are...who you want to be...where you came from and where God is calling you to be. What is God calling you to do? What will be your testimony?
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