We have got this. We can do this thing.
Dear Mamas everywhere…
Dear new mamas, dear older mamas, mama of one, mama of many,
Dear spiritual mamas, dear encouragers and mentors, though you may not be “physically” the mama,
And to the joyful-today mama, to the discouraged mama,
to the can-I-get-a-quiet-moment mama, to the nursing mama, to the mama of teenagers,
to the mama fixing bottles, to the mama of twins, to the mama of toddlers, to the mama of teens, to the mama tired-today-of-questions, to the mama laughing, to the mama on an outing with her littles,
to the weary mama in the grocery, to the mama with another meal to fix, and the mama celebrating the all-caught-up-on-laundry day,
to the mama of all boys and the mama with all girls, to the mama whose babies became hers through the long process of adoption, to the surprised mamas, to the mamas who have said good-bye to babies here on earth,
to the mama in the rocking chair cuddling that baby close, to the mama giving baths, and the mama changing clothes, to the mamas at the park, and the mamas on a walk,
to the mamas sweeping floors and the mamas reading books aloud, to the mamas who are homeschooling and the mamas signing permission slips,
to the mamas now turned grandmamas, to the mamas singing songs, to the mamas wiping noses, to the mamas listening to long explanations about Lego creations, to the mamas changing diapers, to the mamas coming home from their job, to the mamas wondering, “Did I eat lunch today?”
to the I-just-want-a-moment-alone-in-the-bathroom mama, to the mama dancing in the kitchen with small people, to the mama stirring soup and the mama putting in frozen pizza,
to the mamas gazing at the sweet, sweet, sweetness of eyelashes fanned out on chubby cheeks in sleep, to the mamas with tiny fingers curled around their finger, to the feeling grumpy mamas, and the mamas who really just want to go collapse on the couch and only get up in time to crawl into bed,
to the mama decorating cookies with a host of kiddos, to the mamas juggling schedules and phone calls and suggestions, to the mamas overcome, and the mamas trying to be heard, to the mamas playing taxi-driver as they ferry everyone around,
to the mama giving directions, and the sewing-costumes mama, to the mama making freezer meals, and the making-beds mama,
to the mamas combing hair, and the mamas gazing in their closet wondering what to wear,
to the mama with baby blues and the mama with brand-new baby news!
to the mamas craving sleep and the mamas whose children seldom make a peep,
to the mamas on their knees ~ scrubbing floors, tying shoe laces, tugging on boots, wiping up spills, putting stuff back in a cupboard, praying,
Many of these mama faces I’ve worn from time to time. Many of these mama faces and feelings can be mine.
We can do this! We can do this thing.
Mamas. You are GOOD at what you do. You are LOVED.
You may not get it perfect. You aren’t going to get it perfect. You can’t get it perfect.
But you are perfect for the children God has given you.
You are GOOD at what you do.
You need to hear someone say it.
Listen to me. Listen to what I’m saying to you, dear mamas.
YOU HAVE GOT THIS.
WE. HAVE. GOT. THIS.
When all the idealistic pictures and good intentions feel like they’ve fallen and shattered in shards around our ankles, we’ve got this anyway.
I know someone who is really good at putting pieces back together and working all things for good.
It’s God and He has got us.
He has your back.
He made you. Only one you.
And He placed you in your mama job.
And me too.
And we can do THIS THING!!!!
Cause God looked at us when we were created and said “You are very good.”
He knew the plans He had for you. The plans He had for me.
He knows the plans from beginning to end. He sees every single detail.
He nurtures and protects.
We belong to Him. We are His children.
He made us mamas. He put His nurturing in us and He lent more of His children to us. He loves these children more than I do and He knows His plans for them.
And whatever stage and face of mothering we are walking in, walking out of, heading towards, He knows every step ahead. When we stumble, He will catch us. When we need it, He will carry. He will see us through.
This post has been hovering in my dashboard for a while. Hoodwinked happened along before I ever finished this and hit the post button. Mamas everywhere! Hoodwinked is a book I would recommend for you. Yep! I recommend it for mamas everywhere. Go over to this post where I am chatting a bit about Hoodwinked and sharing some quotes from it and a few of my thoughts on the subject of hoodwinkedness.