I wanted to share something God has been showing me. When I was a mom of one child, I literally felt like some of the “bad” stages would never end (sleepless nights, eating strikes, endless crying, etc.). I know some of you can relate to this! When we had number two and especially number three, I was better able to see it for what it was–a stage that would pass. So, now whenever I start feeling a bit overwhelmed with these three small people, I can remind myself that this too shall pass (and often too quickly!). Anyway, I was thinking about this and how much easier it is for me to see the “joy” in the whole big picture of motherhood but where I still frequently fall short is seeing the “joy” in the moments because we all know that some moments can be trying, stressful and just downright claustraphobic (that’s the best way for me to describe it). So, about a week ago I started praying that God would help me see the “joy” in the moments–and He did! It’s been amazing, and it’s not like these are new moments but God is showing them to me in a whole new light. Ezra was sitting on my lap and I was resting my chin on his head, Mari telling me that when she grew up she wanted to live in the same town as me–probably the same neighborhood, and Tobin today crying for no apparent reason until I picked him up and then being so content just to be held for awhile. There have been lots more and I’m finding myself more & more grateful for all that I have!
I’ll leave you with one of my new favorite verses: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.–Psalm 118:24