Welcome back to "Mom: Woman of Faith". Each Saturday a group of moms respond to a question essential to our lives as Christians and Mothers. It is our hope that this series will spark reflection and growth for all those involved. Please feel free to add your thoughts here or on facebook. Thanks for being here, and for sharing in our journey as Christians and mothers. We are always looking for more contributors! Email nancy if interested.
This week's Question:
What is your biggest challenge as a mother? How do you deal with it?
Without a doubt, entering motherhood has been the most challenging (and ultimately fruitful) transformations of my life. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being a mom, but there are still parts of motherhood that challenge me to the core. Since I was nearly 30 before I became a mother, I am most challenged by how motherhood demands such deep self sacrifice.
I would like to think that sacrificing for my children would be easy--and it is sometimes. I don't mind getting up at night or missing a social event because they are ill. But, it when I have to sacrifice parts of my identity or when I am reminded that my life is no longer my own that I am really challenged.
When I became a mother I was lucky enough to quit working and stay home. I love being home with my kids, but I didn't realize how much of my identity was wrapped up in my occupation. I also didn't realize how selfish I was. Even with prayer, I was selfish. I wanted to pray in this way at this time and I wanted it to be silent. The challenge comes in not only giving freely of myself for my children, but also at the same time taking care of myself. I still needed an identity and I certainly still need a prayer life!
The only "solution" I have come up with for this challenge is to bring it to the Lord. When I am feeling lost or emptied I am in a perfect place to humbly approach the Lord. I strive to make the little moments of motherhood my time for prayer--cooking, cleaning, nursing, rocking.