Reflections on Mommyhood

Hey Friends!

My sister sent this to me and I thought it was too good not to share!

I gaze at my children…

Today I hear pattering feet as one tumble-headed, sleepy-eyed child came from her bed to me. She comes to find her mummy. She loves me and find supports and comfort and security in knowing that I’ll always be there when she wakes up. I’ll hear her calling.

But did I really hear her?

Did it enter my soul that I have this morning, this moment, with my child?

Today my baby boy pulls on my skirt and wails. He wants his mum’s attention. Mummy is love and satisfaction. Mummy makes him comfortable… I have what he needs.

Did my heart respond with what he desired? Did I feel it deep in my heart?

Today my little girl says, ‘Mom, do you want to hold Jenny (her doll)?’ I say, ‘No thanks. I’m good’, and go to wash the dishes. Then as the suds and sticky food swirl, I look at her bouncing ‘baby Jenny’ on her knee.

I realize I have today.

And I also realize I only have this moment.

And these are the treasures we are to store up in heaven.

My heart cries inside me… Why don’t I hold Jenny? Dishes will never vanish in that little moment, as will ‘Mommy do you want to hold Jenny?’ God forgive me. Burn in my heart that vision of what really matters. This moment! These treasures!

Today my little boy cries in his crib. I pat and adjust and put his soother in once again. The tune of ‘Jesus loves me…’ fades as his eyes close in sleep. He is so precious to me.

And inspite of failing to always take time for them, these children are who I will die for and fight for! They are my flesh and blood, part of my soul.

My heart is in those eyes and those quirky phrases and first lisps. They are a result of me and I will never give up and run for failing. They are my heartbeat.

Then my mind turns to our Heavenly Father. I am God’s child. He hears me. He feels me. With all His heart, deep in His soul, He is there for me. He died for me. I am His heartbeat.

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Heavenly Father, help us to remember that these children are gifts from You.

In the small everyday moments, help us to have eternal perspective.

Thank You for Your example of true Love. Teach us to love like You do.

Amen.

 

Blessings on your week!!

Joella

**Written by my sister and best friend, Julie. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and 2 precious children, ages 4 and 1.

8 thoughts on “Reflections on Mommyhood

  1. Isa Cox says:

    It is so true that while we are so quick to fail to pay attention to our children’s deepest desires in a moment, we would still die for them in a second. I truly need to prioritize answering their questions and stopping work or chores to play sometimes even when I feel like I dont have the time.

  2. Rebekah says:

    This is so beautiful! I often times find myself needing to find balance in this, listening to the children and responding to them, while also trying to draw the line. They are definitely important, and the biggest part of my life’s work right now, but there will be times I have to get things done. I find myself either on one side or the other, pushing them away because I have things to do, or dropping everything to do everything that they ask and then nothing else gets done.

    • Joella says:

      Thank you for your comment Rebekah! Yes I totally see where you’re coming from! I think it’s so important that they learn to play by themselves and not always need mommy to help or entertain them! I tend to err on the ‘go entertain yourself’ side!;)

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