My Dearest Daughter

This is our first Mother’s Day and only one word comes to mind;

Thankful

Thankful that God sent your daddy to me to be my husband and best friend. 

Thankful that God chose me to be your mama. 

Thankful I get to spend every second with you and witness your milestones, even the little ones like when you noticed your legs for the first time in the car seat as you kicked them back and forth. 

Thankful that even though my Bible is probably under a pile of laundry somewhere, God extends His grace to me over and over again. 

Motherhood is probably the hardest thing I have encountered in my life so far but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. God has taught me how to be patient in this new (busy) season of life. Our home may never be clean again and I couldn’t tell you the last time I washed my hair but one thing is for sure…

You will always be surrounded with love. 

You could not even begin to comprehend how much we love you. 

Not only will you be loved by your daddy and I, but also by a Sovereign God. 

He knew you before He formed you in my womb. He designed you just for us. He knows every hair on your head and every move you’ll ever make. He is constant and you can always count on Him. He will never leave you or forsake you. We may fail you in this life but He never will. Jesus is the only one who can truly satisfy you. 

God didn’t give you to us, He loaned you to us. To raise you to the best of our ability. 

You don’t understand any of this right now but some day you will. 

I want to make a vow to you in honor of our first Mother’s Day. 

I will: 

  • Always Be Joyful- I will strive to be positive in everything. Always uplifting you with kind words.
  • Never Stop Praying – I will pray for you and with you every day. 
  • Be Thankful – I will teach you that even though our circumstances aren’t always going to be perfect, we need to be thankful for each other and all that we have. 


(Photo courtesy of the Bible App)

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3‬ 

Motherhood is ________________.

HARD, like SO hard.

It didn’t really hit me that I was going to be a mom until they laid my baby girl on my chest. I looked up to my husband and said “we have a baby now”.

It wasn’t just me and him anymore. We have a tiny human we have to take care of. To be honest, I miss the time we had together by ourselves. I definitely took it for granted. If you don’t have children yet, soak up all the moments you have with just your husband. My husband and I are the sappy super in-love type of couple who tell each other “I love you” like every 30 seconds. Now, all my time is focused on our precious baby girl. Though I wouldn’t trade her for anything, I do wish I would have cherished every moment I had with my hubby.

Balancing a relationship with God, your husband, and your child is HARD and I wish someone would have told me that. My daughter is a month old and I’ve picked up my Bible once since she’s been born. Even though that makes me feel like a terrible Christian (another one of Satan’s lies) I try to give myself grace, just as Jesus would during this busy new season of life.

When the Lord gives you something wonderful, Satan is quick to try to steal your joy. He will fill your head with lies and make you think that you’re not a good mother, or that you need to throw in the towel with breast feeding, or that your husband isn’t attracted to you anymore. I have to remind myself that those are just lies from the enemy. My husband tells me almost everyday how good of a mother I am and that makes me feel a million times better.

Motherhood is also wonderful.

The first week of my daughters life, I cried every single day. I cried because she cried a lot, I cried because every time I thought I was gonna get some sleep, a doctor or nurse would come in, I cried because she was having a hard time breast feeding, I cried for no apparent reason, and lastly, I cried tears of joy because God blessed us with a healthy beautiful little girl. It’s hard to believe that my husband and I created such a perfect tiny human. Every night we just lay in bed and stare at her in awe of how great God is and how much we love her. All of her little sounds, movements, and facial expressions are what make our world go round.

Motherhood is a gift from God.

To me, there’s no better proof in the God of the universe than giving birth to a baby. And the fact that God chose ME of all the people in the world to be a mother just blows my mind.  There’s no one else in the world that can nurture my baby the way I can. There’s no one else in the world that can nurture your baby the way you can. We were all chosen specifically for our children to love them, care for them, and raise them to the best of our ability.
Motherhood is full of dirty diapers, no sleep, tears, spit up, piles of laundry, and showerless days but the best advice I can give you is:

Embrace motherhood and when times get hard give yourself grace, trust God, and remember that you were chosen by Him to be a mama

There is a Reason for Everything

The phrase “everything happens for a reason” has been used millions of times over the years. People who go through trials and storms get tired of hearing it, I know I sure have in the past. But, after years pass, you start to understand that it is true.

There is a time for everything under heaven. We’ve had our hearts broken, lost a job, lost a loved one, struggled with finances, struggled with infertility, the list goes on and on. But, did you know… God knows every single detail to every persons life before it even happens.  Jesus warned us in John 16 that we would have suffering in this world. He didn’t say we might – He said that we would. Through suffering is how we become who we are. We become stronger and more patient. God wants to see us give Him glory through the hard times. All we need to do is trust His plan because He is sovereign. Enjoy your life and just be thankful for all the good thing that the Lord has blessed you with. Don’t focus or worry about the bad things. In the end, you will see that God’s plan for your life is far greater than your own.


Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

14 And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. 15 What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.


 

 Matthew 6:25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Much love.