Motherhood is a story of opposites – of ups and downs, heartache and joy, hurry ups and slow downs as well as many beginnings followed by ends.
Motherhood is a series of snapshots that blur together in fast forward until one day after you’ve blinked you realize your babies are taller than you and all grown up. When early morning wake up calls are followed by an even longer stretch until bedtime – remind yourself of the gift. When the sunrise is your greeting each day after you just said goodnight to the shadows cast by the moon’s light through your bedroom window, remember that every motherhood moment is a gift from God that He blesses us with when He chose us to be a mom.
5:00 AM comes early when you are a mom getting yourself ready for the day hopefully before the baby wakes. You hurriedly get dressed, possibly brush your hair and start rousing the baby to get in one feeding before both of you need to head out the door. You do one thorough check to make sure you remembered both shoes and all parts of your outfit but the day begins with or without every piece of your ensemble. You do this day after day, same routine, same old same old and you wonder if anything ever changes in this journey of motherhood…
My story began almost 28 years ago, when one July about midday, I was blessed with my first son. Life was never the same because one look into his brown eyes taught me that a momma’s love was one of fierce loyalty and a deep passion. Days and nights ran together in a blur of routines with the unexpected thrown in occasionally. I have always been a working mom so routines were needed but not always reliable when you needed them most. Three years later as spring was breaking through, my second son was born just in time for dinner. My second blessing caused my heart to swell even bigger with all the love that a mom feels.
Now as a mom of two grown sons, I am ready to reassure you that the many Groundhog moments of motherhood – the groping through the night and stumbling through your days is worth it. Every minute, every mess, every heartache and all the joy is worth it. The endless routines of laundry, cleaning up from meals, cooking, etc. all come together in one amazing moment graced by two words “thank you”.
My sons had me at thank you!
The first time those two words crossed the lips of my sons I was given the best gift that a parent could ever receive – the gift of love, understanding and acknowledgement that all my hard work has made a difference. The words spoken by my sons were to let me know that being a mom was the greatest gift that I gave them. But the reality is that I am honored to be a mom because God gifted me with two amazing sons who show me that being a mom is worth every tear, every anxious thought and each milestone that is achieved in the lives of my sons.
Hold on, the ride is bumpy, the way can be uncertain and full of ordinary but you too will know the worth of this journey when you hear the words “thank you”. The full circle of motherhood is made clear on that day and the blessings far outweigh the heartaches.
Be blessed that the love God gives us is returned in those simple words of “thank you” and God describes love like this…
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 MSG)
God’s love and His gift of motherhood is His thank you. Now it’s your turn to celebrate the ordinary and give your thanks back to God.
Mary Geisen is the momma of two amazing, grown sons, blessed to be a teacher of 3rd graders from August to sometime in June each year and a woman seeking God in the ordinary routines of life. Lover of the beach, coffee and long walks outside are coupled with a love for all children resulting in a momma tiger advocacy. God’s story for her life blossomed into written words that begged to be shared with others. The power of God’s words has inspired her journey of healing and drawing closer to God through the power of grace. You can connect with Mary on her blog, Passage Through Grace or on Twitter and Facebook.