A friend of mine recently told me I had a “picture perfect world”… While I do feel extremely blessed, my “world” is not
perfect! One of my hobbies…(as most of you can probably tell) is capturing moments of my little ones. While it may seem like I post and take MANY pictures..they are only 3-4 photo shots out of a possible 7637846287 moments…in a day. The 3-4 photos you see of my “world” are the highlights of my day. You see sweet pictures of Gabriel and Natalie laying on the floor hugging each other. You see a #selfie where I look all put together. You see the picture of my clean kitchen. You see the picture of a creative toddler craft. You see the picture of my toddler with all smiles. You see the picture of my delicious meal. You see the pictures of me gazing into the love of my life’s eyes. You see the pictures of my…highlights. While I was thinking of the pictures I post..yes we do have many highlights but we are REAL and we have REALLY hard days and moments too! What you don’t see me post is the photoshot of Gabriel crying because he wants his sister to take a nap so he can have Mommy all to himself. You don’t see the #selfie of me on the day that it’s 5 pm and I haven’t had a shower yet and the “gourmet dinner” is burning because my precious newborn is wanting to nurse for the (what seems like) 100th time in 3 hours all while my toddler is screaming “coooookiessss” because he wants them before dinner. You don’t see the pictures where my amazing husband comes home from work an hour late (because he had to deal with a customer complaint) and dumps a big pile of stuff that’s accumulated in his car over the past few days (yes sometimes that includes a sippy cup of milk that Gabriel hid in the car..ew) on my CLEAN floors!
This post is for all the real mama’s out there. When my friend mentioned I had a “picture perfect world” it hit me…I never want anyone to think that of me at all. When people think of me…I want them to think of a mother that lives in the real world….and the real world has issues. I have been through a lot at a young age and I can say I am very thankful for the different seasons I have experienced. From a miscarriage…to the days where I could cry if one more goldfish gets crumbled in the carpet….I am a real mom…..Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
I am a real mom that has to rely on God’s grace. God doesn’t intend for us to walk this journey alone. He never expects us to have a “picture perfect world”. He never asked for each snapshot of our lives to be all giggles and grins. What He does expect of us, is to rest in Him. He knew before we began our journey as mother’s or whatever you are… that there were going to be bumps in the road. He knew that we couldn’t handle every situation alone. He already knew that as mom’s we were going to run to our closet and scream when we walk into the bathroom to find our toilets stuffed with everything it shouldn’t be…and it’s ok! He created us and knew we weren’t perfect. That’s why HE died on the cross for us. That’s why HE gave His life for us…so we don’t have to walk alone. What amazing love He has for us..and His desire is for us to bring that same love to the “world” around us. As a mom, I have learned that patience and grace are key. Thinking back on the past 21 years I’ve had a relationship with Christ…WOW how patient has He been with me??? I fail Him each and every day and He is still there with His gracious arms open wide.
My challenge for you today is to be patient and have grace for not only your children…but yourself. As a mom..it’s easy to be so hard on yourself and think you must “maintain” the 3-4 highlight shots of your day but that’s impossible. Feed on God’s word each morning because you can’t give out what you don’t have. (I’m speaking to myself as well) How can we expect our children to follow what we say when we aren’t following what our Father says? Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. John 10:10 “I have come so that they may have life…and have it to the FULL”. I don’t know about you but I want to have a “FULL” life in Christ…and a “FULL” life to me is filled with ups, downs, ins and outs but is steady when “IN CHRIST”.