So much I desire to do, yet I feel like I would need a lifetime to accomplish it all. Wife, mother, employee, teacher, ministry director, so many responsibilities. How do I work towards personal growth? What do I even mean about that? What is even that I desire so much to achieve? Study a deep book on a very serious topic? Get certified as a classical educator? Become a writer? How? When? Is it possible when I even struggle with my daily and consistent responsibilities as a Christian mother? The answer is yes! How? because in order to be able to accomplish all those “responsibilities” my main responsibility is to grow in a continuous relationship with my Lord and in the continuous nourishing of my soul.
One Thing At A Time
One thing at a time, is the current advise we hear, read, and see from other “more” successful moms portray and sing to us almost at unison. We admire their achievements, yet we don’t stop to think that they write from their experience, some from even their present challenges. It is not easy, this thing called motherhood. It is actually a challenge to be successful at it, without going through desperation at times. We are in a stage of overwhelmed motherhood, because now a days we are referred, without pressure, as doers of all trades.
Let me share my current stage of overwhelmed motherhood with you. I’m an aspiring blogger. Actually, I was once affirmed by a professional, that I should refer myself as a blogger. I’m in a writing hiatus at the moment. Truthfully it has been over a year since I’ve written or accomplished anything relevant with my blog. You see, I love to read, and I love to express myself with the written word. But I’m also a homeschooling mom, who happens to work full time outside the home. Who also directs a church ministry with children, who also, of course, is a wife and a mother.
Without a doubt, there are only 24 hours a day. God in His divine wisdom planned it that way, so that us mothers wouldn’t have to obtain caffeine intravenously. Well, I became very frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t dedicate myself to making my blog grow, and really, to just actually write. I took courses, got into master mind groups, and yet, have failed. It is ok. I came to terms with it. I have made some wonderful friends in this network, some from whom are participating in this encouragement series hosted by Tatiana, who I also hold dear to my heart.
A Time And A Season
They are truly encouragers and prayer warriors. I must say, that I do not feel defeated. God has given me the opportunity to continue writing on occasions for my dear fellow bloggers, to whom I applaud and celebrate their growing success. My time has not yet come. I hold this thought dear: When we ask God for something, He either says yes, no, or not yet, have patience.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
So you see, my current stage is very limited in time, but still, when I first seek God at the beginning of every day, all those responsibilities happen, not with perfection, but they get accomplished.
I’m still growing personally, since I seek to grow in knowledge, while growing with my family. I’m enjoying each stage that my children are in because one day, very difficult to imagine at the moment, I will have an empty nest with no more messes, no more toys on the floor, no more legos on every single table, no more candy wrappings, “art” on the walls, history projects and fun seasonal hand printed crafts on shelves. Because of this realization, I’m trying to soak in as much as I can, with the messes of the home and its imperfections, since even in those imperfections, I see the perfect blessings that God has flooded me with that continue to motivate me to be a better wife, a better mom, and ultimately, a better Christian for the honor and glory of God.Even in those imperfections, I see the perfect blessings that God has flooded me with. Click To Tweet
Become A Doer of All Trades
Still, sometimes we ask, “But how?”. How can I get that first initial realization of getting to God first? James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Did you read that? without finding fault.
What an amazing God we serve!
God doesn’t care if we are not doing this thing called motherhood to perfection, He gives us all the tools we need, when we ask for them in prayer with faith and trust! He is the one to empower us in a daily basis, to give us the motivation we so much need to overcome overwhelmed motherhood, accomplish our responsibilities, and even more! He affirms it:
I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.
You see, if you and I remain with God, we “will bear much fruit”, we will be able to do it all, we will become doers of all trades, and even work on achieving our personal goals. We will bear so much fruit and more! Like the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). Don’t we desire all those beautiful qualities as well?
Let us keep in our hearts the famous Philippians 4:13 verse that I hold so dear to my soul, that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” us. We just need to consistently remind ourselves of achieving one step at a time, being our Lord the first step of all accomplishments.
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