God never promised that parenting would be easy. In fact, the Bible is filled with stories of parents struggling to raise their children and dealing with tough situations.
The reasons the hardest moments may become the ones we find the most beautiful are because we see our children through God's eyes. He holds us and whispers softly to us in our time of need. His hand always upon us, rocking us through life's ups and downs.
So, how can we possibly find joy in the midst of motherhood?
First, I do my devotionals by getting in the Word first thing in the morning as a priority. My whole mode changes when I do. Second, I speak to the Lord through prayer. I tell him when I’m overwhelmed and I ask for His strength.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
— Philippians 4:6,7 (NIV)
The more I put this bible verse into practice, the more I’ve found that His peace does come…even in chaos.
A few practical tips to avoid the avalanche effect:
1) Pray over your schedule and commitments before you make them.
2) If you’re married, talk to your spouse and really prioritize what’s best for your family.
3) Change your mindset. Just be thankful for everything.
Again, life happens. As moms, it’s just one crazy, adventurous day after another. But we must learn to grasp onto each and every second for what it's worth, good or bad, and make it a moment in which we can find the joy of the Lord in the midst of motherhood.