I sent this to a mama friend and wanted to share with other mama’s . . .
Motherhood is one of God’s greatest gifts to women… but, like marriage, there’s nothing that can truly prepare you for it until you experience it.
I’ve only been a mom for a little over three and a half years and what I have learned so far is this:
The path to peace in your heart and your home is paved with the words: let it go.
Let go of the desire for predictability and learn to live your life moment by moment. There is no manual for raising children apart from the Bible. Every child is different. Everyone’s circumstances are different. Motherhood teaches you to depend on the Holy Spirit more than anything else you have ever experienced.
If you want to have peace, you have to learn to let go of the need to control everything.
Every trip to the grocery store, every vacation you plan, every date night you try to commit to…
Work. The condition of the house. Laundry. Meals. Your expectations have to change…
Basically, learn to hold your baby tight but hold your plans loosely. You can’t do it all. It’s impossible. Even if you have help.
We’ve had years to do our own thing, uninterrupted by a little person’s needs… now it’s time to let go, get our eyes off of ourselves and our needs, and invest in the little lives God has entrusted to our care.
Self-care is important. Take time when you can. But get used to a life of interruptions.
If you want to be happy and at peace, change your expectations… in fact, have none.
You have a lot on your plate right now. Do what you can and leave the rest for tomorrow…