What a term for such an occupation, such a calling. It sounds so… simple, so… uncomplicated. HA

It has been the most humiliating AND exhilarating experience of my life!

It is a calling that cannot be completely understood until you are in it… knee deep in the murky waters that comprise this making babies {or choosing life for others} and training toddlers and shaping the minds that create inquisition style questions and fire them in rapid fashion, rarely satiated, often squelched before being fully recognized. Honestly, that one sentence makes me tired just reading it.

I read blogs. I read many different kinds of posts from many different walks of life…. And during this time of celebrating Mothers and motherhood, many bloggers try to encourage us that we’re all different and we’ll all do this mothering thing in our own way. {And we ARE all unique and WILL mother differently… there is no “one-way-fits-all” here 🙂 }

one of my favorites

one of my favorites

Basically, a recurring theme I have found is that if you love your children and everything you do stems from this, you’re a good mom; and you are “enough” for your kids. We all feel inadequate at times, but we can still do motherhood [and we can!]… we just need to believe… in different things, depending on the blogger’s beliefs. Believe that you are enough just because you love your kids. Believe that God knew what He was doing in making you the mother of your children [and He did!]. Believe that each woman has her own instincts in how to do this mothering thing and who am I to question that-whether those instincts come from God or millennia of evolution. [I told you I read blogs from many walks of life!]

But, while this can be construed as a discouraging statement, I am NOT enough. And neither are you. Some women do seem to instinctively have that gentle touch we associate with motherhood; but it is not an innate part of us just because we are women. But knowing, truly realizing that I am not enough was a completely freeing concept for me. 

We are selfish.
We are confused.
We are searching.
We are unlovely.
We are fearful.
We are sinful humans.

We cannot be enough. 

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my, how they grew!

But Praise to the Lord, the creator of our very souls that cry out for help, that HE comes to help us and BE “the ENOUGH” for and through us!

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In context, these next verses are specifically about Paul and a physical difficulty he had:

2 Corinthians 12: 9-And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me10-Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

But I find that the principle of taking pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses can apply to every day life, when we are doing it for the glory of the Lord….  for Christ’s sake as it were.

Because in MY weakness, HIS strength becomes the most manifest.

And the weaker I am, the stronger the Lord can work through me!

What a thought.

So, dear mother… in whatever season of motherhood you find yourself: God can be your enough, when you let go and rely on His Strength in your weakness.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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