Finding Perspective in Motherhood
Motherhood has its demands and hardships, but we cannot deny that there is a great sense of purpose that comes with this job. We are raising the next generation and there are countless things that fill our days with purposeful busyness.
When we are in the heavy parenting years, sometimes it feels like things will never change, the pressure will never let up. Eventually, we find ourselves doing less, but having to think more as we transition our kids into adulthood.
Five of our eight kids have graduated and are out of the house and though there are three still left at home, my role as mom has changed significantly. I have been asking myself questions for a while now like, “What is my purpose? What is my role?”
Honestly, being a mom is a forever deal, but our role continues to change through each season of our lives and our children’s lives and the variables in the equation multiply. It can feel confusing, chaotic and daunting. Our powers of discernment must become more and more sharp as we deal with our adult children and the complexities of their grown up lives.
We have to continually ask God what our particular role is in this specific season, circumstance, etc because the truth is, we NEED His perspective more and more.
As I’ve been waiting for direction, He has made it clear to me that my first obligation is to HIM. I find myself leaning in to hear His voice more and more. Only He can bring the clarity that I need to navigate this uncharted territory.
It’s easy to get lost in this mothering thing and forget that HE is our purpose.
In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
Being a mom is part of God’s plan and purpose for us, but we always need to remember that God has a much bigger, grander purpose and plan. We have the privilege of being part of that as God sanctifies us through motherhood and our calling to raise the next generation for Him.
Lord, help us to keep our eyes on you as we carry out your purposes today!