Tuesday, October 25, 2011

31 Days of Femininity: True Motherhood

Yesterday was one of those days.... I was almost in tears several times over some school issues, and I didn't get nearly enough done on my to do list.  I told my husband when I went to bed that I didn't know what to write about today.

Then I came across this article that blessed me so much! This is what the heart of mothering is all about. If we do not develop this heart, it is in vain to write about how to be feminine looking towards our children.

Motherhood is Application

"If I had to pick one word to describe motherhood, I think that word would be “transforming.”
The days of a busy mother are made up of millions of transformations. Dirty children become clean, the hungry child fed, the tired child sleeping. Almost every task a mother performs in the course of a normal day could be considered a transformation. Disorder to order, dirty clothes to clean, unhappy children to peaceful, empty fridge to full. Every day we fight against disorder, filth, starvation, and lawlessness, and some days we might almost succeed. And then, while we sleep, everything unravels and we start again in the morning — transforming.
Days of these little cycles add up and suddenly you see a big transformation. A nursing infant has become a boy on a bicycle, a baby bump has grown into a toddler, and children have been changed into brothers and sisters.
Then there is the kind of transformations that we do — not because we work at it, but because we were created to do it. You eat your lunch, and your body transforms it into nourishment for a baby. Taking something too big for an infant, and still finding a way to feed them with it — with the goal of growing them up to do it themselves.
Pregnancy and nursing are only a small part of a child’s life though — and this cycle is clearly not only a physical one. It is the spiritual cycle of food that is so much more important, and so much less talked about. Christian mothering is a constant cycle of nourishment — both physical and spiritual."
Go here to read the rest of this and be blessed.



At October 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Rebecca. said...

Thank you so very much for posting that. I really needed it today. I would have appreciated it yesterday or days last month, but today...it was needed. I was forgetting the importance of those "transformations" and considering them dull and almost meaningless TASKS. I will read the article in its entirety. Thanks again. :)

At October 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM , Anonymous Robin said...

I usually try to apply grace to my children. I mean is spilt milk really something worth getting angry over? But every now and then I fall into sin and act frazzled.

"Of course, this side of heaven we will not do perfectly. Harsh words will be spoken, patience will wear thin. Frazzled mothers will act frazzled."

For ex: Today my potty training toddler, my almost 1yr old, and myself were outside playing when my toddler ran up to me and told me she had to go potty. So we run inside (with my youngest on my hip) and race toward the bathroom. Turns out my toddler had went #2 and told me after she had done that! So there was a big nasty mess to clean up :( while I was doing that I was constantly fighting my youngest to stay out of mommys make-up drawer! "But mommy the blush brush is so much fun!" Anyways to shorten the story my toddler hopped off the toilet (while I was stil fighting my youngest and trying to clean out messy underwear) and guess what....she got #2 all over the toilet! She decided she needed to wash her hands! So I helped her up there and was reaching for a rag to clean the toilet because my youngest daugther was now headed over there to try to climb on it! As I was reaching for the rag my toddlers dirty bottom touched my skirt covering me in my poo! Needless to say we finally got everyone cleaned up and redressed. It was a testful moment and I acted frazzled :(


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