Everyday MOMents to inspire Motherhood

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I’ve read many books about parenting, and being the best mother I can be. I’m constantly “checking myself” to see if there is anything I can do differently with how I raise my children. I was sharing with my Bible Study seminary class yesterday, that I recognized in myself as a teenager that I struggled with patience. I did not like waiting for something, I wanted it NOW! Mostly when it came to learning skills, or waiting for news, or not understanding God’s plan for me. As I became a mother, I noticed even more that quality that I needed to develop. I realized quickly that it was no longer just a burning desire in my heart for “wanting something now” but something that was affecting the most precious possessions I had, my young children. My patience was tested and often anger would ensue.

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I decided enough was enough, and I didn’t want to have that part of my personality anymore, so I prayed…and practiced…and prayed…and checked myself…and over time, as I consciously worked on it, I noticed I became more slow to anger. It didn’t just happen one day, but over time, I noticed a difference, and I’d like to think that my family did, too. Actually, I hope that my kids were young enough, that they won’t remember the “old me.” Of course, I still have my moments, but it’s a lot better than it used to be.

It also helps that I no longer have napping children! When they napped, and the other kids were loud, I was on high stress alert!

I wanted to share a book I’m reading (not done yet) and have been inspired by. It was sent to me by an online friend, it’s called Everyday MOMents. It’s all about discovering Christ in the details of Motherhood. I’m all about highlighting key phrases when I read. It helps my brain stay on track, and the first thing I underlined is, “Super Mom’s don’t exist.” Can I get an AMEN?!? She goes on to write, “even composed mothers who appear ton top of their game, need frequent reassurance of their big-picture duties.”

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She goes on to write how she needs to make herself spiritually aware to SEE what God wants her to see in parenting. That she asks how to see the extraordinary spiritual side of her otherwise ordinary, everyday life. I think that’s an important question for us all to ponder…and ask.

The parts of the book that I’ve sunk my teeth into, are taking me on a quest, to fine tune my mothering skills, and I NEED that. She even gives a fun comparison of how blown dried hair compares to trials in life. You’ll want to read that!  If you want to read all about it, grab it from Amazon (affiliate) and you can even download a free study guide on her site to take notes as you go.

 

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  1. Interesting thought “I hope they don’t remember the old me.” I have been pondering patience at this exact time so I have a few thoughts. To be where we are now we have to have the old us. To be perfect (interpreted “whole” or “complete” as the foot notes say) we have to understand what impatience is before we can understand patience. The reason you are now a more patient being is because you took notice of the impatience and chose to change. The important thing is to progress and love ourselves and our weaknesses along the way. You have to know the bitter in order to know the sweet. So I am going to suggest that you DO want them to remember the old you and recognize and love that you are a growing, changing being. It will give our children space to make mistakes and have weaknesses if they see their moms owning and recognizing theirs. Hugs.

  2. It sounds like a great book. You are a fabulous mom and an amazing lady!!

  3. Sounds like a great book. I agree with commenter Kristen that while we want to always present the very best of ourselves, especially to our children, we need to also show them that it’s important to change and grow and evolve so that they understand that they can also change and grow. You’re a good mom because only a good mom would be so introspective and then make changes when they don’t like what they see. <3