How many children do you have? 1
How old are your child(ren) OR how long have you been a mom? My son is 3 years old. (almost 4)
Are you a mom of girls, boys, or both? Boy mom over here!
How have I had to be bold and brave in the last year?
What advice would you give to the mom struggling to find time to fulfill her responsibilities and find time to spend with the Lord?
To the mom trying to manage her responsibilities and find time to spend with the Lord, I’d say to remember that the Lord is our anchor. He is the one who will guide us and keep us in the midst of it all. It’s difficult to give 100% while working and managing our homes when our spirits are running on empty. When we allow the Lord to pour into us, we can pour more love into our children and keep a good attitude while handling our responsibilities.
We find rest when we get into the secret place with the Lord. We start to focus on Him, the problem solver, and not all of our problems. We begin to hear Him clearly—we’re able to listen to instruction. See, some of the things we think we HAVE to get done can wait. Sometimes we need to slow down and rest in the Lord. Sometimes we need to take a moment to be with Him. He will give us the strength to take care of what’s necessary.
So, take time out of each day to stop and pray. Keep your mind stayed on the Lord. Include Him in every aspect of your life. Be in an intimate relationship with Him. Read the word and worship often. When we take our eyes off of the Lord, our responsibilities seem to pile up, and we can get very overwhelmed. But when our minds are focused on Him, we are reminded of what matters. He shows us how to be grateful and appreciate those we’ve been blessed with. Hey, He even shows us how to enjoy those house chores we just love to do day in and day out. (LOL) Make God your priority, and He will show you how to prioritize your life.
Which scripture(s) gives you strength to keep going?
These scriptures remind me that the Lord is my rock. Because of Him, I have hope and I can keep going each day.
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which
shall be revealed in us.
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What aspects of motherhood do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the bonding time most. Just being with my son and watching him grow is a blessing. Most days, he shares something new he’s learned. Sometimes he repeats things back to me in the right context—things I didn’t think he fully understood at his age. Each day I am amazed. I love seeing the excitement in his eyes when he gets a popsicle. I love when he cuddles next to me on the sofa. I love the laughter we share—the silly dances to his favorite sing-along shows are my favorite. I love when we talk about God, and he asks the sweetest questions.
I also appreciate how God is growing me on this journey. In motherhood, we are constantly learning. Our children aren’t the only ones growing up, so are we. I am surely not the same person I was before, and that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve matured in so many ways and learned to be more selfless. God has also shown me how to be patient. He is my strength. I’m thankful for His guidance and grace through it all. The challenging days have taught me how to rely on Him.
Being a mother is so rewarding. It’s not always easy. Along with the laughter, there are tons of tears. However, there is beauty in it all. My child is a gift, and I realize motherhood is a ministry. Each hug and “mommy, I love you” warms my heart. I’m looking forward to growing a beautiful relationship with my son over the years. I’m thankful the Lord chose me to be his mom.
Jenna’e Murphy – Blogger
I am all the more grateful for the women (like Jenna’e) who have chosen to join me on this journey of transparency and support – ESPECIALLY in addition to the life adjustments and loads we all experienced in the midst of the last year! I can’t thank you enough.
Connection and support are vital to our growth and survival as humans and as Women. I have met many Mothers (myself included at one point) who are going through the trenches and carrying loads solo. This has often led to depression, loneliness, isolation, and such guilt and shame in “not measuring up”.
My prayer is that the women who lay eyes on “Bold & Brave”, will be encouraged, emboldened, and all the more hopeful.
For the Moms,
This series is for the Moms! In honor of Mothers, this May will be chock-full of real stories of Motherhood from Moms of all ages, in all stages. Join me as I feature different Moms (on a weekly basis) who will so graciously be sharing their life in words.
If you missed the previous feature, catch it here! Stay tuned for more stories of triumph, valleys, and faith!