Dropping Plates

4:30 AM. I was wide awake at 4:30 AM on Thanksgiving day. Why? It wasn’t because I needed to put a turkey in the oven or put finishing touches on a homemade apple pie. (My responsibilities for dinner that day were store bought rolls, a pan of sweet potatoes that might take a whole five minutes to pull together, and a bowl of broccoli salad that might take six.) No, it wasn’t meal preparation that caused me to rise so early. It . . .  was me. It was me and the realization I had early that morning that another Christmas season is upon us.

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood that include: putting up a real tree, making homemade ornaments, digging though my stocking as we waited for my dad to finish up chores, and getting together with family. I loved it all, and now, as an adult, I am desperately trying to recreate my childhood Christmases for my own kids. I want them to have that one special gift under the tree. I want them to have memories of us decorating the entire house. I want them to remember the time spent with family. I want them to cherish the Christmas season as much as I do. Yet, in my desire to create the “perfect” Christmas, I find myself adding extra tasks to my already full to-do-list. I take more on than I realistically can handle, and it turns my “perfect” Christmas into one that is full of rushing and stress . . . the exact opposite of what I was hoping for. Can you relate?

We do that sometimes. We take on more than we can realistically handle. We fill our schedules so full, leaving little room for rest and little room for those Best Yes assignments that God has for us. How do we balance it all?

Take a moment and check out Kristina Kuzmic’s video entitled “Screw Balance” at http://kristinakuzmic.com/tv-and-videos/.  What can we learn from what she shares?

Simply put, many of us are carrying too many plates.

Finding balance in our lives is not about us figuring out how to efficiently carry all of the plates we have chosen to carry. Friend, we can’t do it all. We weren’t created to do it all. Remember what Ephesians 2:10 tells us? It says, “For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.” God prepared things just for us: things that would be our way of life. We were not created to do it all. Give yourself a break. Have the courage to let go of those things that aren’t yours to do. Let go of those things that don’t have to be done. Have the courage to . . . drop some plates.

 

www.kristinakuzmic.com 

Interruptions Welcome

I almost missed it.

I was rushing. I was rushing home to tackle another item on my seemingly never ending to-do-list. I was rushing . . . and that’s when I saw him. An older gentleman was mulching leaves in his front yard. As I drove past, I noticed that his mower appeared to be stuck on a steep slope next to the road.  His back tires spun futilely in the soft earth beneath him. I felt my breath catch for a moment and clearly heard God say, “Stop.” But, I didn’t. I continued down the road telling myself that the gentleman would eventually get himself unstuck or someone else, with the time, would stop to help him. I turned onto my road and was almost to my driveway when I felt a tug on my heart. Again, I heard Him speak. “Go back.” With a sigh of complete frustration, I turned my car around and heading back down the road. I prayed that somehow he had miraculously freed himself or someone else had been gracious enough to stop.  Yet, as I neared his house, I saw that he had not moved. And now, there was a look a pure desperation on his face. I pulled my car over to the side of the road and climbed out. As I walked over to him, I quickly noticed that the back tires of his mower were almost completely submerged in the mud. I also realized that he was physically unable to get himself off of the machine and was desperately clinging to the steering wheel. I carefully leaned my body into the mower to keep it upright and offered my hand to steady the man as he painfully and slowly climbed down. Once he was safely on level ground, I was able to push the mower off of the slope. As I climbed back into my car, I started thinking.

What if I hadn’t stopped? What if I hadn’t listened? What might have happened?

Sometimes God chooses to interrupt us. Sometimes God chooses to interrupt our plans. God interrupts because He sees the bigger picture. God interrupts because He has a specific purpose for me . . . and He has one for you. God interrupts because His plans for us are far bigger than the ones we have for ourselves.

Yet, how do we often respond? How do we respond when God interrupts our lives: when He takes us from the path we had set before ourselves?  We throw fits. We complain. We whine about how inconvenient it all is.

But, you know what I’m learning? There is a world out there that is desperate to see Him. There is a world out there that is desperate for His love. And those times that He interrupts my plans . . . it’s because there is someone that needs Him. God calls us to be open to His interruptions and more importantly to be . . . obedient. To be obedient when He takes us down a path that is uncomfortable, a path that is inconvenient, and a path that is sometimes hard. He asks that we trust Him and obey when He chooses to interrupt our lives.

Today, ask Him to open your eyes. Ask Him to help you see the world as He does: a world full of broken people that desperately need to see Him. Be obedient and step back and watch Him move.

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Underwhelming My Schedule So He Can Overwhelm My Soul

Purpose. I’ve still been pondering that word and the overwhelming thoughts that rush to my brain as I consider what it means. For so long, I’ve been striving to accomplish one big thing that I was sure God had for me to do. The thought that my purpose may be something big, but that it could also be found in the small moments that fill my days has really challenged me. What if today, all God wants me to do is say yes? What if God just wants me to say yes to the things He has for me today? Am I open to that?

In Ephesians 2:10 (ISV) we are told that, 

“ . . . we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah  Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.” 

Did you catch that? First of all, you are a masterpiece. A masterpiece is a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.  It is one’s best work. One’s magnum opus. You  are God’s magnum opus. Secondly, you were created to do good things: good things that God prepared long ago to be your way of life. Think about that for a moment. How are you living your life? Do you think you are currently living in the way that God planned for you? Are you living your life in a way that you can say yes to the things God has for you? Are you open to His Best Yes assignments; the things He created you to do?

If you are like me, you are living from one crazy day to another. My days are packed full with managing our household, caring for children, and working part time. I add to that grocery shopping, volunteering at the school, taking kids to appointments, keeping up on social media, keeping up on current events, play dates, coffee dates, date nights . . . every moment of my day is full. What about you? What types of things do you do in a typical day? I would encourage you to think about that for a moment. Take some time to think about all of the things you do in a one day.

Do your days look as crazy as mine? Our days are full . . .completely full, and we wonder why we feel stressed and beyond exhausted.  Why do we live life at such a fast pace and desperately try to squeeze as much as we can into a day? I recently read an article entitled: 9 Hidden Lies that Keep Our Schedules Overwhelmed that I felt was worth sharing. The author, Josh Becker, says, “The speed of our world is increasing. Technology and communication continue to improve. Information moves faster. And social media rewards those who never turn it off. Expectations, demands, and accessibility continue to expand, but the number of hours in a week do not. As a result, our lives get busier and busier. This approach to life rarely benefits us in the long-run because a busy life is an unreflective life. In fact, often times, we are so busy scurrying from one thing to another we don’t even have the space to realize our schedules have become overwhelmed. We don’t recognize how our overcommitted lives are harming us.” Ouch. He goes on to share the nine lies he feel contribute to our overwhelming schedules. 

  1. Accolades (praise) will bring fulfillment. The thinking goes like this: The busier we are, the more we can accomplish and the more respect we can earn. And the more respect and accolades we receive, the more we can surely prove our worth and value to others. Unfortunately, if you are trying to find fulfillment in someone else’s opinion of you, you will never find it. You will always be left searching (and working) for more.
  2. Money will bring happiness. We often get caught up in needless busyness because of our desire to earn and secure more money. Ever notice how often we are offered money (or the chance to win money) for our time? While it is important to work hard and provide for the needs of your family, it is foolish to think money is the quickest shortcut to better living.
  3. I don’t have a choice. Many of us live over-busy lives because of the expectations and demands of others. In these cases, it is important to remember you always have a choice. Sure, there are seasons of life that require more of you and your time than others, but seasons always change. If yours hasn’t changed recently, you may need to revisit who is making the decisions in your life and where you can regain some of your control.
  4. I’m more productive if I’m busy. Maybe you can be more productive for a short while, but human beings are not designed to work relentlessly without periods of rest. Countless studies confirm the importance of rest for productivity. Eventually, a lifestyle of busyness will detract from our productivity. And more importantly, your health and well-being. There are no exceptions.
  5. I am needed. Pride is defined as holding an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance. And it leads to overwhelmed schedules because of the foolish thinking that follows it: “Nobody else can do what I do.” This pride affects the way we view our business, our work, our family, and our personal relationships. Left unchecked, it leads to a busy life and in the end, a fall.
  6. Everything is important. Our world has a tendency to make everything appear urgent, important, and beneficial to our lives. As the speed of information increases, our minds are seemingly less equipped to filter all the information and opportunities. But the most productive among us realize nobody can accomplish everything. They are relentless in their understanding of mission and the reality that very few things are truly important. And they never sacrifice the important for the trivial.
  7. I need to be busy to keep up with everyone else. It may seem, at times, the only way to get ahead in life is to outwork everyone else. But just because everyone else appears busy does not mean they are busy about the right things. Nor does it mean they are finding joy in their pursuits. Frank Clark perhaps said it best, “Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he’s too busy to enjoy.”
  8. Busy makes me look more important. Busy, in and of itself, is not a badge of honor. In fact, being busy doing the wrong things is actually quite unattractive. Just remember, in a society rushing to keep up with everyone else, those who find peace, contentment, and rest are the ones admired…and envied.
  9. Quietness is laziness. Often times, people avoid dealing with life’s deeper issues by packing their schedule tight. Someone who is discontent with their life’s choices can escape the difficult work of addressing them by masking them with busyness. Quietness is not laziness. Quietness is hard, but always worth the effort.

He’s right. As a society, we are too busy. We’re too busy and we don’t always like to admit that fact. We don’t like to admit that we can’t do it all. Lysa Terkeurst said something that I found really interesting. She said,  “In this great day when most women wave banners of authenticity about our pasts, we crouch back from honesty about our presents. We’ll tell you all about our broken places of yesterday, but don’t dare admit the limitations of our today.” We don’t dare admit  . . . the limitations of our today. We try to do it all. We rush. We say yes to too much. And in doing so, we miss our best assignments. We sometimes miss the Best Yeses that God places before us.

So how do we change this? How do we adjust our schedule to make room for those Best Yes assignments that God has for us? First, and this is important, we need to be spending time with Him. If we are spending time with God daily in prayer and study of the Scripture, the other aspects of our lives will fall into place. With our focus on Him, we will more clearly be able to see what is really important in life. Now, you may be saying, “I don’t have time to spend with God! Have you seen how busy I am? Look at my schedule!” You have to make time for Him. You need to intentionally schedule Him in.  If you need to write it on your calendar, do it. The more time we spend with Him and digging into His Word, the easier it will be for us to hear Him: to hear how He wants us to be spending our time. Isaiah 30:21 (VOICE) says, 

“Your ears will hear sweet words behind you: ‘Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go’ whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left.” 

To know the path God has for us, we need to be listening to His voice. Start spending more time with Him. 

Secondly, we need to be more intentional about how we are spending our time. Think about an equal arm balance scale for a moment. On one side, we have all of the things that we currently do in a day. We have sleeping, we have eating, we have feeding the baby, going to work, watching TV, checking Facebook, checking Facebook, checking Facebook . . . Our days are really full so this side of the scale is really loaded down. Now, on the other side of the scale, we have the things that God actually has for us to do. For most of us, we find that this side isn’t filled quite as full as the first side. It’s not as heavy. It’s not as loaded down. When we compare the two, we see a huge imbalance between  what we are spending our time on and what God actually has for us. 

We need to start being more intentional about our time. Look at the things you do each day. Which of those things are actually priorities? Sleeping should be one. Going to work might be another. Changing the baby’s diaper, that too is a priority. Those things that are priorities throughout your day, need to stay. Some of them may not be things that you enjoy doing, but they are necessary in your current season of life. 

What about everything else that you fill your day with? Is there anything there that you can completely let go of or cut back the amount of time you spend doing it? For me, most mornings, I completely pick up our downstairs living space. I tidy everything up, and then my children come home from school and what happens? It gets messy again. For me, rather than completely picking everything up each morning, I could spend just ten minutes tidying some of it.  Then, once a week, I could give the space a good cleaning. By doing that, it would definitely free up some of my time for something else. Another thing that I spend a great deal of time doing each day is checking Facebook, and I know I’m not alone in this. What would it look like if I turned off my notifications (stay with me on this) and checked it only once a day? How much of my time would be free for other things by doing this? What about you? Is there something that you can let go of or cut back on? For each thing that we let go of or cut back the amount of time that we spend on it, our daily load becomes lighter and lighter. Get more intentional with how you spend your time.

Lastly, leave some white space in your day. What do I mean by that? I want you to intentionally set aside time each day or maybe just each week that you have nothing scheduled: no where to be, no demands, no expectations. Why? Remember a few weeks ago when I asked you to write down that one thing that stirs your soul? That one thing that you wish you had the time to do? What if you intentionally starting leaving time in your schedule to start taking small steps towards that? What if you gave yourself some white space and started honoring God with that time? Honoring Him by pursuing that spark He placed within you?Maybe, you’ve always wanted to write a book. What if you took a few minutes before bed each evening to start jotting down your thoughts? Maybe you want to go back to school. What would it look like to start thinking about the degree or classes you’d love to take? Remember the quote of Lysa TerKeurst that I shared with you? She said, “The decisions we make dictate the schedules we keep. The schedules we keep determine the lives we live. The lives we live determine how we spend our soul.” We need to get to a place where we are honoring God with the time we have. 

This isn’t being selfish. “It’s giving voice to what otherwise just stays a quiet whisper locked inside.” It’s doing that thing that you were created to do. That thing that doesn’t  just bless you, but reaches out to “touch others, help others, and bless them.”

I’ll close with this. Lysa Terkeurst says, “Don’t get so locked into your overwhelming schedule that you haphazardly spend your soul.” Let’s be women who choose to underwhelm our schedules so that God can overwhelm our soul. Let’s choose to honor Him with our time.

References:

Becker, Josh. “9 Lies That Keep Our Schedules Overwhelmed”. Becoming Minimalist. https://www.becomingminimalist.com/overcoming-overwhelmed/. Accessed 13 Oct. 2018.

Biblegateway. www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 15 Oct. 2018.

Moment. https://inthemoment.io. Accessed 16 Oct. 2018.

Terkeurst, Lysa. The Best Yes, Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. Nashville, Nelson Books, 2014.

Playing My Part

As a young girl, I loved spending time dreaming about what I would be when I grew up.  Some days, I wanted to be a farmer just like my dad. I loved my time spent in the barn feeding calves, putting in hay, and throwing cow patties at my younger sister. (True story there. We would also dip our fingers in manure and write our names on the calf pens. Again, true story!) I could easily see myself working with the animals and farming the land. However, I also wanted to be a teacher like my mom. As a young girl, my sister and I would play school for hours in our basement. We’d line up our stuffed animals and read them stories, give them math problems to solve, and discipline as needed. I loved planning lessons for my “students”, grading their papers, and writing on the chalkboard. I saw myself as a teacher too.

As I grew older, however, my dreams changed a bit, and I thought perhaps that I wanted to go into medicine.  I began volunteering at our local hospital as a candy striper to get a little experience under my belt. (On a side note, I was curious about the history of the term “candy striper”. According to Merriam Webster, the uniforms originally worn by young volunteers were striped and looked like a piece of candy. My uniform was not that fancy, however, and consisted only of a pale yellow apron along with a name tag identifying me as a volunteer.) My responsibilities as a volunteer were fairly simple. I was to refill water pitchers and strip and remake beds. That . . . was it. However, I found that making beds was the most difficult task I could have been given. You see, in my training, I was given VERY specific instructions on how to make a hospital bed. Linens were to be pulled tight to avoid any wrinkles, and pillowcases were to be placed on a pillow without the actual pillowcase touching your body. Have you ever tried to put a pillowcase on a pillow without the case touching your body? It’s nearly impossible! Needless to say, as I struggled with the pillowcases and the realization that I really hated the smell of hospitals, I decided that I had better consider an alternative career choice. So . . . I chose physical therapy because that’s  an obvious next choice for someone who hates the smell of hospitals and who would go on to make her lab partners do most of the dissection of their cat in senior year biology because she hated looking at its insides. Physical therapy was an obvious next choice.

So, I went into the end of my junior year of high school with my heart set on physical therapy. I began researching schools with PT programs and looking at my different options. But, I ran into a problem. You see, even though my head told me that physical therapy was the career path for me . . . my heart wasn’t so sure. My heart wasn’t at peace with the decision I had made. My heart . . .  wasn’t so sure that physical therapy was what God wanted me to do.

Have you ever been there?  Have you ever struggled with understanding what it is that God wants you to do? Have you struggled with understanding what your purpose is or maybe if your life even has a purpose? 

Growing up, I had gotten it into my head that God only had one purpose for my life. One. And it was going to be BIG! Like end world hunger BIG or bring about the ban of those biscuit tubes that pop open when you hit them against a counter BIG (By the way, I hate those tubes. They’re worse than a jack-in-the box).

I eagerly looked forward to the day that I would move into His plan for me and fulfill it. But, here I am, over twenty years later, and I still feel like I’m trying to figure out what His purpose is for me. And that got me to thinking. What if God doesn’t have just one BIG thing for me to do? What if our purpose isn’t some huge monumental thing that we spend our entire lives striving for? What if our purpose is found in the small things and in the small moments that fill our days? What if our purpose is just saying yes to those things that God has for us . . . today? 

In her book, The Best Yes, Lysa Terkeurst talks about this idea that we each have what she calls, a “Best Yes”. A “Best Yes” is simply each of us playing our own part. It’s intentionally saying yes to those things that God created us to do. It may be something big, yet it may be something small. 

If you are like me, you have no problem saying yes. Quite frankly, I’ve always been one who tended to say yes to everything. I say yes because I want to say yes. I love to help. I want to take part. Other times, I say yes because I feel that it is expected of me. To say no would disappoint others and maybe . . . even disappoint God. And that . . . is too much for my heart to handle. So, I keep on saying yes, to everything. 

But, what happens when we always say yes to everything that is asked of us? For me, each yes given is another item added to my to do list: a list that is already filled with the responsibilities of caring for my family, caring for our home, and caring for this MOPS group. Saying yes one more time only adds to the craziness of an already full schedule. And the craziness of that schedule leaves me feeling stressed, worn out, and defeated because I don’t have the time or energy that each item on that list deserves. Can you relate?

Lysa Terkeurst says, “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.” A soul that is playing every part, but the part God meant her to. Too often, I think that we say yes to things that God never intended for us to do. They may be good things. They may be great things. They may be things we are absolutely capable of doing and doing well. But, are they things that God intended for us to do? Are they our “Best Yes”?

I want to explore what a “Best Yes” for each of us might look like. To get us started, I need you to ask yourself a few questions, and I want you to answer them honestly. Is there something that you’ve tucked deep within your heart, that you’ve always wished you could do? Is there something you long to do, but either finances, time, or resources, make it seem as though it’s impossible? What stirs your heart? What makes you feel alive just thinking about it?

I want you to write down what comes to mind even if it seems beyond impossible. Can I share mine with you in confidence? Over the past couple of years, I’ve had something that keeps coming to my mind. Repeatedly, I have envisioned myself sharing what God has been teaching me to a large crowd of women. The thought of doing that absolutely terrifies me, but at the same time, I can feel my heart beating excitedly. 

What about you? What stirs your heart? What are you passionate about? If you are stuck on this, here are some questions to help get you started:

  1. What makes you smile? (Activities, people, events, hobbies, projects, etc.)
  2. What were your favorite things to do in the past? What about now?
  3. What activities make you lose track of time?
  4. What makes you feel great about yourself?
  5. Who inspires you most? (Anyone you know or do not know. Family, friends, authors, artists, leaders, etc.) Which qualities inspire you, in each person?
  6. What are you naturally good at? (Skills, abilities, gifts etc.)
  7. What do people typically ask you for help in?
  8. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
  9. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
  10. What do you value most? 
  11. What were some challenges, difficulties and hardships you’ve overcome or are in the process of overcoming? How did you do it?
  12. What causes do you strongly believe in? Connect with?
  13. If you could get a message across to a large group of people. Who would those people be? What would your message be?
  14. Given your talents, passions and values. How could you use these resources to serve, to help, to contribute? ( to people, beings, causes, organization, environment, planet, etc.)

Now, what you’ve written down, I want you to keep it somewhere safe because we are going to come back to it. 

Too often, we say yes to things that God never intended for us to do. They may be good things. They may be great things. They may be things we are absolutely capable of doing and doing well. But, are they things that God intended for us to do? Are they our Best Yes?

 

 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candy%20striper 

http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/life-on-purpose-15-questions-to-discover-your-personal-mission

Terkeurst, Lysa. The Best Yes, Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. Nashville, Nelson Books, 2014.

Dear Mama,

God has given me the opportunity to serve as the Mentor Mom for my local MOPS group. In this position, I use the theme set for the year by MOPS International, and share my thoughts on how it ties into motherhood. The theme for this year is “Find Your Fire”. I pray that my posts in the coming months would encourage you and challenge you. I pray that this year would be a year of transformation for you and that you will . . . “Find Your Fire.”

timelapse photography of person holding sparkler

Photo by Denisha Sandoval on Pexels.com

 I watched her shrink back in fear as I approached. Behind me, her brothers danced in the darkness, each holding a single sparkler in hand.  I told her it would be ok. I reminded her of the many times she had held a sparkler before and how much she loved to dance in its light. She remembered too; but that memory couldn’t hold back the fear she had of getting burnt. I gently took her small hand in mine, and together we lit her sparkler. I watched as her fear melted away and joy came over her face. She grinned at me, and then took off with sparkler held high to dance in the darkness.

She reminds me so much of myself.  You see, I too shrink back into the darkness, at times, afraid of getting burnt. Fear of the unknown, fear of whether I’m capable, fear of  losing control . . . it all holds me back. It holds me back from fanning the fire within me.

Fire. It’s within each of us. It’s that God given spark, that passion that flows from the depths of our souls. Within each on of us, is the desire to do something specific, something that we were created by God to do. I recently read a piece by Shauna Niequest  entitled, “Be Who God Created You to Be”. In it, she references Job 37:5-6. It says,

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’”

She goes on to say, “So God says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth.’ That’s it. Just do one thing. Just fall. And then He says to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ Essentially, He’s saying: Just do the thing I’ve actually created you to do. You’re rain … so rain. You’re snow … so snow. I love the simplicity of that, the tremendous weight it takes off my shoulders. God’s asking me to be the thing He’s already created me to be. And He’s asking you to be the thing He’s already created you to be. He doesn’t tell the snow to thaw and become rain, or the rain to freeze itself into snow. He says, essentially: Do your thing. Do the thing you love to do, what you’ve been created to do.”

What were your created to do? What spark did God plant within your soul that He is longing to turning into a blazing fire? 

This year . . . we are going to tend our God given fires. Think about what our lives would look like if we chose to LIVE EXPECTANTLY:  to laugh more often, to have more fun, and start doing those things we were created to do. What would it look like if we chose to SURRENDER DARINGLY: to let go of unrealistic expectations and our need to always be in control, and to trust that God is fighting for us and that He has a good plan for our lives? What would it look like if we chose to BREATHE FREELY: to remember that we are loved, we are enough, and the God has place a fire within each one of us?

This is the year, friend. This is the year that we will tend our God given fires. This is the year that you . . . FIND YOUR FIRE.

https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2016/01/12/be-who-god-created-you-to-be

http://www.mops.org

 

Motherhood

I have always wanted to be a mom. Always. Yet, I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t prepared for how motherhood would change me, how it would stretch me, and the responsibility behind it. You see, being a mom is more than just changing diapers, calming tantrums, and setting boundaries. It’s more than the joy that comes from seeing the smile that lights up their faces when they see you, the feel of arms wrapped tightly around your legs, or, as they get older, the way they lean into you that shows you are still needed. Being a mom . . . is a calling. It’s an understanding that you were chosen to raise the specific children God gave you.

You . . . were CHOSEN.

I was chosen to do more than care for the physical and emotional needs of my kids. God desires for me to raise each of my children with the knowledge that in His eyes, they are loved and they are precious, and that He created them uniquely and with a specific purpose for their lives. My calling as a mom . . . is to lead my children down that path.

Now, I must admit that sometimes, the weight of this responsibility falls heavy upon my shoulders. But, it is in those moments that I hear God’s gentle whisper. He reminds me that I am not alone. He reminds me that He is walking alongside me, He will never leave me, and that we are doing this together. He reminds me that He created me to do this very thing He has asked of me, and that if I keep my eyes focused on Him, I will do well.

Motherhood. It’s more. It is my purpose. It is my calling. I have been called. . .  to motherhood.