Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Letter to All Those Little Mamas

Dear Sweet Friend  ~

Honestly, it hasn't been all hearts and flowers baby, has it.  The mind-numbing monotony, the isolating dailyness of raising your children has been frustrating, exhausting, and endless, endless, endless.  You've experienced emotions that shocked your socks off.  And you had to wade through them to the other end to regain your sanity and some sort of will to carry on.

Would it help to know that you're not alone?  That you're surrounded by other mamas who faithfully soldier on just like you?  Those one-foot-in-front of the other days.  Sprinkled with lilting laughter and bitter tears, slamming doors and sweet marvels, messy hugs and ugly tantrums, sparkling discoveries and sticky peanut butter sandwiches.  The bleary o'dark thirty hours.  Endless loads of laundry and mysterious piles stacked high on kitchen counters vie for attention as cuddles and storybooks and science projects and too late in the evening pillow talk all beg for your undivided attention.

And then just when you think you're not going to get through the next ten minutes, some unannounced rays of golden hope pop through from heaven above, surprise gifts of power-filled grace.  Pray for those unexpected moments to come.  Drink them in and savor them when they arrive.  And once again, reach for His hand to receive renewed strength and much-needed wisdom for the next leg of this journey, this molding of character, this shaping of souls, this lavish loving care. 

This high and holy calling.

So let those brimming tears flow from your weary eyes and let their healing rain do its work.  And then bid that beautiful smile emerge from somewhere deep within, dear one.  Yes, you can do this mothering thing.  You can do this.

And you can do it well.

You are never alone.
 
 
 
If you're not a young mama, I bet you know a sweet someone who is.  Would you be so kind as to forward this post on to her?  The links are below.  And she just might hug you to pieces.
 
 * visiting with  Laura  .  Beth  .  Kristen  .   Holley *



10 comments:

  1. Great words of encouragement! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Cooking Up Faith
    www.cookingupfaith.org

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    1. Blessings as you head off into this week, my friend!

      ;-}

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  2. This is beautiful, Linda. I've been through this phase over the past few years, raising two amazing (and super active) boys. It definitely helps to know that I'm not alone in this. Prayers and savoring the moments of joy help me get through during challenging times. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom :)

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    1. Any words of wisdom were hard won, my friend! I look back at that season and only have renewed empathy and compassion for moms. The whole parenting thing is a high and holy calling. But it comes at a cost.

      And it's one of best investments I ever made ...

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  3. Those days seem like they will never end and we will never have an adult conversation again. Then those sweet babies grow so fast. I love telling friends with younger ones how much fun mine are now that they are in school. We have to share hope, so I love this post!

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    1. And to have those adult conversations with your adult children ... and realize over and over again that they are so much wiser than you'll ever be?

      The icing on the cake!

      ;-}

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  4. I have saved this post on my browser reel for days now, waiting for those rare few quiet minutes to read it. You bless me, Linda. You GET me. Thank you for speaking wisdom into this momma's tired soul. Ours is a high calling indeed. Thank you.

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    1. I hear you, Becky. Sometimes I just tuck a special post away to savor, to re-read, to sit with. I praise God that this few paragraphs touched your heart.

      For I do remember those days!

      Blessings as you raise up this next generation for Jesus ...

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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