This week the lovely Beth Stiff is joining us to encourage our hearts and point us to the One who made those hearts. I met Beth through Holly Barrett (thank you Holly) and the Three Word Wednesday link-up that she hosts weekly. We’d love to have you join the link-up! Beth is blogging her way through the Love Dare and is doing a fantastic job spurring us on to be better wives. I am glad she is sharing with us today about one of my favorite books.
“A mother continues to labor long after the baby is born” (Lisa-Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood, pg. 8).
My husband and I are parents to two boys who are 24 and 22 years old. The first twenty years of our marriage did not include God. Until four years ago, we relied on our own strength to be parents to these boys of ours.
Our own strength failed them miserably. They watched their parents go through emotional abuse, addictions, affairs and two separations. In my eyes, we were the worst parents ever and had set our children on a similar path toward no good.
God’s amazing grace rescued our family of four. He gave us a reason to have hope. Hope for better. I can now look back at the brokenness and see how God takes our messes and makes something beautiful.
“He led me out of my heartache and into a season of redemption and beauty” (pg. 100).
God gave me a precious gift when He chose me to be the mother of these two boys. They are a gift which daily reminds me to trust in Him. Twenty years without Him taught me I can’t do this motherhood thing well without Him.
I’ve often said becoming a military family led us to God. And it did. Being a mother strengthens my faith in Him. The biggest surprise of motherhood is discovering it has absolutely nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him.
When God began to take first place in our lives hearts were transformed. The ugly became beautiful. Gratitude took the place of selfishness. Instead of darkness we have joy…even when the storms of life come our way. My eyes and heart are now opened to the daily graces of motherhood. The mundane moments are some of life’s greatest blessings. Moments such as seeing my two boys enjoy an evening together.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
I once was lost on the journey of being a mother, but His grace found me.
Was blind, but now I see.
Good and not so good seasons come with watching my children grow into adults. I try hard to see them all. And I cherish them. I embrace them. I see how God wastes nothing in their lives too. Just like me, a day will come when they will see His graces and they will believe. May His grace lead us all home.
Yes, I’m surprised by God. I’m surprised by how the moment I believed He took me on a journey of pouring more of Himself into my life. “Because when we least expect it or want it, God is always pouring more of His own life into our lives, and we need to open both arms wide if we want to even begin to try to hold it all” (pg. 189).
The journey of being a mother can be difficult at times but with more of God the graces overflow. My journey continues on. Surprised by motherhood? My cup runneth over.
To my husband, thank you for being the one I take this journey with.
To my children, you are our greatest blessing.
To God, thank you for how you make everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). You really do make all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Thank you for new eyes to see the beauty of motherhood.