Hello, mamas. We are full of madness and blessed with mercy each and every day. Can I get an amen?! So, this week’s blogging through the alphabet is for us – Mamas, Madness, and Mercy.
Ah, mamas. I’m going to congratulate us today. I’m not sure if we get enough affirmations each day for what we do. We are tired, stressed, taxied-out, often sleep-deprived, overwhelmed on any given day, and masters at juggling our daily routines.
We may be in different phases in our mothering years, but we are in it together. For you mamas out there with babies. Hold on. The madness of life is just beginning but it’s such a joyful, wild ride. Enjoy those precious moments of cuddling your baby, singing to him, dancing down the halls at 3 a.m., and all those midnight feedings. This time is fleeting. It is hard, no doubt. Your body doesn’t look like it once did. Things sag that once used to be perky. You don’t have the energy you once did and you just. want. uninterrupted. sleep. You may even feel like a milking cow at times. I know I did.
For you mamas with toddlers, wow – the madness is picking up. Your sweet baby is now mobile. M-O-B-I-L-E. You thought it was hard when your little one was completely stationary. Well, now your little baby is on the move. The house is a mess. Toys are everywhere and in the midst of it all, your toddler is now running through the house without a diaper, screeching at the top of her lungs, playing chase…from you…through the mess. Oh, yes…I’ve been there. I’ve picked up toys 3-4 times a day only to have my son toss them back out on the floor while he’s playing. By the way, now’s a great time to come up with a picking up your toys game. Yep. That’s right.
Moving on up in years, you may have several sweethearts running around the house and now it’s time to start homeschooling. Holy cow. What are we thinking?! Seriously! Let’s learn in the chaos. That’s right. We plug along, day in and day out. We burn out, pick ourselves back up, and move on to the next day. It’s just the way we roll through the madness. We KNOW we have to do it. We KNOW we are the best educators for our children. We KNOW they are learning…even in the midst of the madness.
And the teens? Oh, boy. That’s where we are now. Eye rolls, attitudes, sulky demeanors, and all that. Most days are great and other days I’m wondering where my kids went and who these look-alikes are. Don’t get me wrong. My kids are awesome. They truly are and have never really given us much trouble at all. They’re not perfect but neither am I. i’ve taught them most of what they know…the eye rolls, attitudes and bad behavior. Yes, me…the mad mama. God willing they willl turn out OK by the time it’s all said and done. I’m an imperfect mama living in an imperfect world with imperfect children.
But you know the beautiful thing? I’m NOT doing this on my own. I have a guide in this crazy, mad world, and that’s Jesus Christ.
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. – Psalm 59:16
We are mamas on a mission, working through the madness with new mercies every single morning.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34
I am so thankful that God is with me every morning and throughout the day. It’s through His strength that I can make it through those rough days.
Before I close out, let me just say that mamas, madness, and mercy do go hand in hand. We are blessed among women and our quivers are full. We are daughters of the one true King. We are in the trenches day in and day out but we are not alone. So, hang in there mamas. As you know, some days are worse than others. Others are better than most. In the end our children will reap the benefits of those long nights, educated days, and all the love we can give.
Love ya’, mamas. Let me know if there’s anything I can pray for you.