This marks my fourth amazing year as a mom. I’m so blessed to be able to say that. This year I have a double blessing with two beautiful children. I generally feel that I’m blessed more than I deserve regarding my life and motherhood. I certainly make mistakes daily and yet my kids still seem to be doing great even though I’ve never raised humans before. I’ve raised plants with some success, and we’ve been able to keep a fish and dog alive pretty well. Those are both good ways to test your skills in raising children right?
Every day is an absolute thrill to be Audrey and Barrett’s mom. If there is anything that turns me into a pile of mush, it is them. Their laughs, the way they look at me for knowledge and comfort, the trust they have in me to take care of them, and the way my little Audrey says, “I love you, Mom.” Yep…that’s the good stuff Kenny Chesney is talking about in his song.
I know I am the mom I am today because of all of the “Moms” I had in my life growing up. They wanted the absolute best for me, without any strings attached. They loved me past my shortcomings and through my mistakes. They held my hand and walked with me as I learned and grew into an adult. They still help me with encouraging texts or through prayer. Each of them showed me what it meant to be a Mom. They have always been beautiful examples of how a Christ-centered Mom lives and mothers the children God has placed in front of them, biological or “adopted.”
Their example got me to thinking about some of the new moms in our Hillspring family, and how amazing it is to be in this current state of motherhood with fellow new-ish moms. So I reached out to a few moms in our church family to ask them what is one thing you hope your children know when they are an adult. Something that you have instilled in them from birth that you hope they cling to their entire lives. Wouldn’t you know it? God is the core of every single one of these Mom’s hopes for their children.
You are one-of-a-kind and everything about you was designed for a purpose. Embrace it and be yourself. Even the things you may not like because often our greatest weaknesses are our greatest strengths and there will be a time where those qualities are necessary and will shine. – Tracy
I want my baby to know that God loves him. I hope he has a kind, compassionate heart, loving others like God does and that he knows “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8. – Stephanie
Every night Justin and a pray a little blessing over our boys it goes “May the Lord bless you with a wise and intelligent mind, a strong and healthy body a kind and gentle heart and a happy mouth.” The foundation of this blessing is that our kids would have such a strong understanding of Christ’s love for them and walk so closely with Him that the fruits of the spirit would abound in them and overflow to bless others. – Kirsten
I hope that Henry learns what community is and experiences it…but most importantly I hope he knows that his worth, his source of joy, his help in time of need comes from God, not from anyone or anything else in the world. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from?” -Psalm 121:1 – Lindsay
I hope that my kids know God loves them no matter what. They are his children and there is nothing they can do to make him love them any more or any less. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 – Julie
When I asked these women to give me their answer and I read their responses, it inspired me on many different levels.
These women remind me of the Moms I had in my life growing up. They remind me of the many faithful women of God we have in our Hillspring family. Those who meet around the tables for Women’s Bible Study each Wednesday. The women we see being God’s hands and feet at the local food banks, at After School Matters, at Grace Clinic, in our public schools, and all over our community.
Just like me, these Moms didn’t come to know and build the foundation of their faith alone. It was through their amazing biological parents and the “adopted” ones they have had in their lives through the years. It truly does take a village to raise a child.
You aren’t limited to being a Mom in someone’s life only if you gave birth to them. Some of the most amazing women in my life have been Moms to me before they ever had children. Even if they never had children of their own, they are still a Mom to me. Teaching me. Leading me. Showing me the best way. And that way is Jesus.
I encourage you to say thank you to all the Moms in your life this Mother’s Day. Don’t just send them a text. Let them hear your voice. If you can, video chat with them. Smile and laugh together.
Second, pray for this next generation of Moms who are just getting started on their journey of motherhood. Selfishly, I will take all the prayers I can. I want to live up to the examples of those who have shown me how to be a Christ-centered Mom.
Lastly, for my children and others who may read this, I want you to know you are never, ever alone. God is ALWAYS there for you. Even if there is no one physically present and you are feeling helpless, you are not. God is our ever-present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1-3) He is ALWAYS there. He loves you ALWAYS.
I’m so thankful to be a mom. I accept all the responsibility that it comes with. Thank you to all the Moms who have helped, and are still helping, me to live into this role. Thank you also to all the Moms at Hillspring who inspire me constantly through their wisdom and example as women led by the Holy Spirit.
Be a blessing,