One of the reasons motherhood is so hard is because it puts all of your coping mechanisms and other defenses under pressure.
It can be a bit a bit of a shock when, due to sleep deprivation and stress, your self-control cracks and this crying, yelling, angry, anxious, depressed, crazy person emerges.
It’s scary to be stripped down to some of your uglier nature that you work so hard to hide. But it doesn’t have to break you (and even if it does, that’s okay). I truly believe this is the only path to growth. You might not ever stop being a little crazy, but hopefully over time you’ll get a little less crazy.
My Journey Becoming a Better Version of Myself
I’ve been a mom for nearly a decade now. And nothing has helped me grow into a better version of myself than all of those crazy, ugly moments that being a mom can trigger.
I’ve learned a lot on this journey, including a clearer understanding of the gifts God has given me and how I can use them in my current (crazy) circumstances. Children, while sometimes burdensome to me, are not burdensome to the gospel (quite the opposite, because wiping noses for Jesus is legit!). And while it’s so easy to put my need for for self-care and rest LAST, it has been so freeing to discover that this is something I can and should seek, without guilt, to find freedom.
I would love to share more about this journey, so would you like to get a cup of coffee? As much as I would love to be able to magically travel the globe and meet up with all of my besties I get to talk to via this blog, it’s obviously impossible. So instead, how about you listen to the Life Around the Coffee Cup podcast interview I did with Leah Heffner?
Leah loves talking about mamas using their gifts in the chaos of home and motherhood. We probably could have talked for hours about that, as well as how we’re learning to practice Sabbath in our families.
So pull up a chair and listen to our conversation right here: Life Around the Coffee Cup Podcast Episode 38.
What about you? How has motherhood made you a better version of yourself?