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The Journey of Motherhood

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Deuteronomy 31:6
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

One of the greatest experiences in my life second to salvation was the joy of motherhood. With it came my greatest joys and my deepest sorrows. And on that journey came my most memorable life lessons!

Nurturing four children, each with different needs and personalities would teach me that God was sovereign and that He created each one unique. And although my blood ran through each of them they were their own person with their own thoughts, likes, dislikes and dreams.

I would learn that there would be many hats that I was required to wear. Whether it was a nurse, doctor, a maid, a teacher, a handyman, a photographer, a counselor, a coach, a comforter, and the list can go on.

Learning to balance day to day chores, responsibilities and needs of others was a juggling act from time to time, but the realization was that God has entrusted me with the lives of four young boys.  Just think, God had faith that I would and could be a part of raising them into responsible, God fearing men that would not only raise their own children; but would one day be productive individuals making a positive impact on the world they lived and prayerfully influencing their world in a positive manner.

Remembering days that I was anxious for them to get to their next stages, whether it was walking, talking, or being capable of fixing their own snacks; so that I could have a few more moments’ peace to just unwind seemed endless.  Now, in retrospect I marvel at how fast the time actually went from the times that I took each of them to school for the first day and watched as they looked back at me with troubled eyes.  Letting go would be a constant at different parts of the journey that we would share with the first one being school.  As I let go of their hands and released them to the care of another that would teach them to socialize and learn about their world outside of home; I would soon learn that this was only the beginning of letting them go because I would have to learn to release them again as they graduated high school, left for college or left home to begin their lives as adults.

Yes, the years had gone very fast and although we are not close in proximity these days we seem to stay in contact more as adults then when they were children trying to step into manhood.

But the amazing thing is this: as they redefined and continue to redefine their lives at different stages I am still a part of their journeys. When one of them became a parent, I could look into the eyes of my grandchildren and know that they were from a long line that began before me but continued through me.

And the journey continues on with my grandchildren. The things I was able to share with my children will be shared with my grandchildren. I have learned over the years many things but some of the most touching moments was moments of truth.  Knowing that in telling the truth to them no matter what it was taught them that honesty was a way of staying free and allowing for growth.

Children are very smart, and it was through trial and error that we both learned some of life’s most treasured lessons. Yes, parenting has bought me my greatest joys and deepest sorrows as I watch them walk their journeys now but the amazing thing is that I trust how I raised them. They have a solid foundation and that did not necessary come from me but it came from what I was able to give them.  I gave them unconditional love and the knowledge that there was a God that loved us all. I trust what I was able to impart within them will always be with them. Of course it will, God made me a mother too!!!

Proverbs 22:6
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

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