Every day I find more women who hate the chick in Proverbs 31. How can she possibly do all this? She never sleeps. Brings food from afar, plants vineyards, sews, knits, runs a business, farms, owns land, and instructs with wisdom as she provides for her family and the needy. Contributing only good. No fear. No idleness. Only strength and dignity. Um yeah, she's "hard to find." Girl doesn't exist ... at least not in this home.
"I don't want you to fix it. I just want you to listen." I've been there. A long day. A difficult experience and all I want from my husband is to sit with me and hear about what happened. In those moments I receive more support and strength by his silent affirmation than from suggestions on how to fix things. I already know what needs to be done and there's not much my hubby can do to help. I just want a few minutes to acknowledge the pain of the situation together. But why do I do this to Jesus?
Motherhood is exhausting—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Even with sufficient sleep, I struggle with new tasks (like cleaning spit up off ... everything), new questions (what did people do before google?!) and fighting new worries (is his development on track?). So here are 5 verses I'm clinging to as a newly minted mom. My days—and nights—may be long, but I'm grateful I'm not stuck in the tired place.
I spent the early morning hours today, rocking in the glider in my son's room, watching the sunrise peak through his window and illuminate the bookshelves mounted on his wall. As we rocked, snuggled together and nursing our respective morning drinks *pun intended*, God started talking with me about my book selection.
Each year we take a few days for vision casting and planning for the next twelve months, and along with developing our family vision and mission statements, we've started working on what I like to call our Family Crest.
I've dreamt of writing this post for a long time. Of experiencing enough healing to share my struggles with infertility online. And of having hope to share, proof of God's grace in this difficult area.