I didn’t always feel this way though. There were years my heart refused to see 20- 20. It was clouded by sticky floors, loud noises, temper tantrums and piles, upon piles, of laundry. I didn’t always find joy in soothing an upset toddler and I certainly didn’t take the time to snuggle or listen. After all, there was really not time. Right? How glad I am to have been so very wrong.
It strikes me that other women might not love motherhood, like I once felt. Oh sure, we all LOVE our children, but loving being a mother is another matter completely. I was pondering on what changed for me? Where did I actually shift from the view of drudgery to utter joy and breathing them in? My change has been gradual and I am still a work in progress, but I can honestly say that I now adore being a mother and find it the greatest experience of my life. I am daily thankful for the privilege to raise my children. I am no expert, just a mother of 6 who has not only stopped her trajectory but reversed it and here’s some of the things that helped me better magnify my role as their mother:
- Joy In Them
- Play With Them
- Stop Everything When They Walk In the Door
- Be In Their Corner
- Put Down That Device
- Hold Them, Be With Them
- Pray For Them
- Take Time To Build Yourself With Things That Last
From experience, I now know that being a mother is a joy beyond measure. It is an experience that I no longer take for granted and has been integrated into my soul. If you have not yet found this to be true, there is hope and it is worth the effort to make your experience filled with joy.