Friday Introduction: Gracefull Mama

  There are days when I don't feel like being a mom. Days when I'd give anything just to go to the bathroom without someone following me. Days when I want to hand in my mommy resignation and give the keys to the zoo to someone else.

We all have those moments. Moments when we think "What was I thinking when I said I wanted to have children?" Moments when we feel ill-equipped. Moments when we're just downright angry at the situation.

And in those days and moments when we want to give up, we need help. Sometimes we just need a break. But other times, we need a heart change. We need God to come in and change the way we view our own situation. We need a perspective that reminds us that what we're doing is important.

Sometimes that heart change takes effort on our part. Sometimes it takes letting go of our frustration. Sometimes it takes God teaching us patience.

There's a great series going on over at Gracefull Mama this month called Cultivating a Heart for Motherhood. Each week, she's looking at how we can let God work in our hearts to create a heart that loves being a mother. So far, she's tackled the significance of motherhood, the obstacles we face in cultivating a heart for motherhood and the topic of anger and patience. If you're struggling with having a heart for mothering, be sure to check out her words of wisdom. I know you'll be blessed.

If you're in one of those seasons where you want to hang up your mommy hat, remember that God knows. He knows how you feel. He understands your frustration. Jesus came to earth so He could empathize with your situation. Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin."  God gets it. He understands what you're going through. And He is waiting for you to hand Him the reins so He can fill you up with His love and grace. He knows you can't do it alone, and He's ready to help. All you have to do is ask.