On Choosing Joy in Motherhood

  1. Megan says:

    My husband is a demo pilot and travels extensively for work (often to beachy locations) and when he calls home I am so exhausted, and a little bitter, that I often don’t feel like talking. The kids are in bed and I can finally have that me time. Instead of avoiding him I should be joyful that he is safe and has a job that provides so well for us. That I can stay home full time with our four kids. Thank you for making me change my perspectives!

  2. Hope says:

    This changed the way I look at life, thank you.

  3. Mariana says:

    Love it!
    Just what I needed to read at this moment,
    Thanks for opening your heart to us (mothers like you),
    God bless you!

  4. Becky says:

    Definitely needed this reminder! It’s so easy to fall into the victim pity party mode when we are actually surrounded by blessings. Been there, done that too many times too. Also, I’m so sorry for your loss. My best friend unexpectedly passed away recently too and was a beautiful, joyful, vibrant young woman as your dear friend seemed to be too. *hugs and prayers*

  5. deeanna says:

    The other day I was discussing with another mom how our bodies have changed so much since being pregnant. A teenage girl sitting in front of us turned around and told us that she was never having kids because all she hears from moms are the bad things. What a slap in the face it was for me. I was so sad that she hasn’t seen the beautiful, miraculous, amazing, nothing-to-be-compared-with side because we are busy complaining about how our ankles are thick. We were able to talk to her for a minute about how wonderful it was…but still, so sad. Thank you for your post. How true it is. And I’m so sorry about your friend, I hope the knowledge that she is with Christ will help.

    • I’ve had similar slaps in the face. It’s a good reminder that all of our complaining really does matter. Thanks for being here and sharing in the struggle!

  6. Molli Glowacki says:

    Thank you! A good reminder and very well said- every day is a gift and I can chose to be thankful and joyful with all God has given me.

  7. I can relate to the frustrations of motherhood, I also have three young kids under the age of six. Mostly the days go well, but there are certain moments that are beyond overwhelming and I also respond negatively at that moment due to the stress. It is a season, thankfully! I wouldn’t trade being a mom, a stay at home mom, for anything! But I would give for a shower, a well fitted bra, and an extra nap,lol!

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend. You wrote a beautiful tribute to her.

  8. Kara says:

    This was so beautifully written, Nancy, and something I so relate too. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. What a wonderful way to honor her memory though by keeping her in your purpose of a joyful mother.

  9. Penny Doty says:

    One of GOD’S greatest gifs to us is the life of a child, as we hold that beautiful perfect baby in our arms for the first time, the feeling is indescribable, so awe struck as you look at that beautiful gift. Motherhood is so rewarding and a gift we don’t deserve. I don’t’ understand why GOD allows some to be mothers and some cant have children, I don’t know why GOD takes some people young and others when there old, we cant know GOD’S plane for us or understand life itself. But I know this, family is very important, watching those children grow is an amazing thing to watch, and watching a couple grow old together is beautiful, I am only 5I and am dying, I wish I did not know that information but I do, I wont get to see my youngest son get married or have children, I wont get to see my oldest son have children, and I wont get to watch my grandchild grow up from my middle son, its hard sitting by my husband every night knowing that some time soon GOD will come to take me home, and its so hard to see all my children and husband and not knowing if they will be all right, we all complain for some reason, but stop and ask yourself, how would you feel if you new you were going to lose one of those family members. I can only say love your children and love your husband but also learn to love the new role you have, learn to be happy and oh so grateful for what GOD has given you, because you never know when he will take it back or you back. GOD bless you and may GOD help you heal and her family.

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