Clap it up for the working moms, stay at home moms, single moms, married moms…HECK! Clap it up FOR ALL MOMS! With Mother’s Day approaching I realized, that we often celebrate all the Mothers in our lives (our mother, sisters who are mothers, aunts, cousins, etc.) on this day, but we FAIL to celebrate ourselves as mothers. At times the daily sacrifices we make can go unnoticed, almost like they are a must, so never forget to acknowledge thine own self! We give others so much credit and ourselves not enough.
Proverbs 31 talks of the noble character of wives, but it is often overlooked when talking about motherhood. In this particular book and chapter of the bible, the character of a mother is spoken of as well.
“She gets up while it is still night, she provides food for her family…” Proverbs 31:15
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed…Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all…” Proverbs 31: 26-29
“Honor her for all her hands have done…” Proverbs 31:31
Because we are clothed in humility and strength, we are expected to be SUPERMOMS and have it all together, which can be overwhelming at times. If we are expected to continuously walk in the title of SUPERMOM, who then do we go to (besides God) about our insecurities, advice, frustrations, and struggles? We should be able to go to someone, namely other moms! It is so important that we do, because there is a mother out there who NEEDS and DESERVES to know she is not alone on this journey we call motherhood!
Daily we give so much of ourselves and we forget to replenish, that by nightfall we are running on empty. Countless days, I have gone to bed AFTER my family, and arise before they do. I am not complaining but merely giving you a glimpse into my journey as a mother and significant other. I have made countless lunches (783 to be exact for the last year), countless breakfasts and dinners, given countless baths, given out countless I LOVE YOU’S, covered up thousands of boo-boos (Kenya plays HARD and I love even HARDER), oodles of hugs and kisses, all in the name of LOVE and MOTHERHOOD!
Mothers, as we journey this life don’t forget to replenish yourself, this is a MUST! Pouring from an empty vessel won’t profit anyone. So, this Mother’s Day and all the days of the year, take some time out to care for thyself. Your family will thank you for it later.
Motherhood is: chaotic, challenging, crazy, rewarding, scary, sleepless, but it is the most BEAUTIFUL thing I have done in my entire life. Along this journey, I have lost my mind a few times, but each time that I lose it I find pieces of my soul along the way. My girls are my world and my heart is complete. My greatest contribution I can give and offer to the world, is to raise two strong, beautiful, independent, self-caring, intelligent girls who later become empowered, self-sufficient, God fearing women.
As I close, I want to say: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Make sure to do something LOVING towards yourself daily because you deserve it and you are worth it! Hug yourself for a job well done thus far! You are the epitome of love. No one could mother your child(ren) the way that you do. Self-care is the best care!
One Grateful Mother,
♥ Glennda ♥