Motherhood, An Honor From Above

Motherhood. One of the most powerful words and experiences. It reflects differently on each mother and is one of the most sacred journeys we will travel in life.

But what does it actually mean? What is motherhood? And what does it mean to be a mother? First, there is a simple answer to this question, but is it really? A human growing in the woman’s belly, giving birth or even adopting, saying “yes” to having a family. But, being a mother is about much more than that.

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Mother’s Day

While the majority of the holidays celebrated these days are so drenched in consumerism the meaning of the holiday itself is hard to decipher, the cause for celebration of Mother’s Day remains obvious. The role of a Mother is a daily die-to-self sacrificial role, day-in and day-out. From the time your feet hit the floor in the morning, until your head hits your pillow at night… and in the early years even the majority of your night revolves around nurturing and providing for your children. No matter the age of the children, the maternal instinct is to put the needs of our children before our own. We feel the weight of their emotions, their safety, and their overall well being, and we weigh them as more important than our own.

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Preventing Child Abuse

   The month of April is dedicated to child abuse awareness and prevention, where communities and families are encouraged to explore the ways in which they can actively prevent and protect children against abuse. As mothers and fathers, we are not always put in positions where we often find ourselves needing to defend the children of our communities, so while it’s important to be aware, it’s also important to realize that our greatest impact is found in protecting and defending the children which God has placed in our care.
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Intimate with Intention

As February comes to a close; a month with a central focus on Valentine’s Day and the theme of love, let us remember that our call to love our husbands expands beyond the socially constructed season. It can be easy, especially in the early days of motherhood to forget that our husband is actually first on our priority list; although our children may demand more of our time, that is not an invitation to neglect our spouse. In the midst of the everchanging, yet ever-present chaos of raising children, it is more important than ever to intentionally cultivate intimacy in your relationship. Parenting is a partnership and a team effort. It works most effectively when both participants are on the same page with clear expectations and goals. The only way to achieve that level of unity is through intimate and intentional communication. It has become normalized in our society to perceive physical touch as the core definition of intimacy, however, the root from which intimacy grows is communication.

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Account for grace in the schedule

As if postpartum anxiety didn’t pose enough blatant challenges, the pressure from society surrounding baby schedules creates the perfect niche of manifestation. During a time of life where control is seemingly unattainable, there’s an appealing notion that the struggle can be countered by conforming your life to follow a structured schedule that allows for little to no error. As you enter motherhood, it becomes your responsibility to guard and guide your baby through their developmental stages. You are their advocate, and the pillar upon which they lean. As empowering as this is in theory, the reality becomes daunting when you hardly know where much less how to stand and offer the support for them to rest upon.
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