I once heard being a mom described in this way and it has forever stuck with me:
“…It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” ~ Elizabeth Stone
Being is mom is exhilarating, fulfilling and comforting…
but at the same time it can be nerve-wracking, frustrating and downright scary!
Never has that been more true than in our world today.
Long gone are the days of our grandparents, where unlocked doors and bare feet were the norm in most of their stories.
Instead, today’s parenting tales are replaced with cell phone monitoring, screen time limits, school metal detectors and social media warnings.
And don’t even get me started on the natural disasters and terrorist attacks I’ve had to explain to my children over the past decade.
Yet amidst it all, we’re supposed to not only maintain a sense of peace but also somehow convey that same sense of love and stability to our offspring.
Not an easy job, is it?
While we will never be able to explain any of these circumstances away, we can parent through them.
After all, we were not made for this world, nor are we to conform to the pattern of this world! (Romans 12) When we place our hope and faith in Christ, He equips us with the confidence necessary to traverse anything that could possibly come up against us, regardless of whether that’s having to explain why terrorists put bombs in garbage cans or why we can’t buy candy in the grocery store check-out line (both of which can be equally monumental to a child…)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ~ Proverbs 16:3
Being a mom doesn’t mean having all the answers, but it does mean knowing who to turn to when we don’t.
Being a mom doesn’t mean always saying yes, but it does mean acting in love regardless of how we feel.
Being a mom doesn’t mean settling for satisfactory; it means pursuing with passion!
While I love reading (both for myself and to my children), I don’t often recommend parenting books. However a new book I would strongly suggest you check out is The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill.
This book is far from a manual, but instead a thoughtful roadmap for how a passionate mom can parent almost any child…confidently.
Of course if you’re looking for that delightful book to read to your younger children this Mother’s Day, one of our favorite children’s authors, Amy Parker, wrote “Thank You God for Mommy” which has quickly become a family favorite for its simple yet poignant way it conveys the sweet relationship between a mother and child.
I would challenge you in this month that we celebrate mothers to spend more time on cherishing each other on every day other than Mother’s Day, rather than focusing all your efforts on a single day than neglecting the rest.
After all, none of us are guaranteed any moment past the one we’re living, so we better make that one count.
With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.