I’ve seen the discouragement in her eyes—the weariness too—at church, in my neighborhood, and even at the grocery store. I remember the days of being a young mom with kids in the house. I see the mommy-guilt in her eyes. I see the weariness. I see her struggling and questioning her purpose. How did I ever think I could do this . . . and do this well? she asks.
As a mom of 10 kids with 27 years of parenting under my belt, I like to encourage these young moms. I know how much a message of hope can change one’s day. I remember the difference just a bit of encouragement made. Here are five messages to do just that:
- Mom, you matter. Out of all the people on this earth God chose you for this child. Your child will have a lot of friends, mentors, and teachers, but you are their only mom. Realize how important that makes you!
- Mom, everyone gets angry, but you can control your emotions. Moms are human. We get upset. We get overwhelmed. We feel sad and lost. It’s normal. Don’t feel bad if your emotions seem overwhelming. This happens to all of us. The thing that has helped me the most is to name my emotion, understand its root, and then come up with ways to control it. Things that help me are to pray, to have a minute of quiet, and to make a plan for a time when I can rest and think through my emotions. Emotions should not be ignored. Instead take them to the feet of Jesus and ask Him to help you walk through them. The encouraging thing is that ALL moms deal with these same emotions, and letting Jesus in to help you deal with them can help!
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