You know that feeling when you hope desperately for something, only to get it and realize it’s way harder than you thought it would be? You feel like you can’t tell anyone how difficult it is because it may seem you’re ungrateful for what you know is a blessing. I call that the toddler years. I call that the teenage years. I call that motherhood.
Birthing a kid is fairly easy. Painful, yes, but relatively short-lived. Being a mom – a REAL MOM – is hard. It will take you to the point where you think you have nothing else to give and ask a little more. It will push you to the edge of what you think you can handle. Motherhood will make you hurt, cry, give and love more than you ever knew possible.
The heart of a mom is unending. It’s the closest thing to understanding infinity because no matter what they need, you will provide. You will look at a well that feels empty and draw water when they are thirsty. The heart of a mom is tough. You will endure pain if it helps them. You will go without if they have a need. The heart of a mom is deep. The heart of a mom is wide.
If you are a mom, a REAL MOM, I pray this Mother’s Day is one to reflect on why you do what you do. Whether they burn the breakfast or don’t make one, you get to shape the people they will be. Whether you are spoiled or on your own, whether you think you’re failing and succeeding…you are more than enough. I pray Mother’s Day will be a day for you to know that no matter what your situation looks like, you are loved. You are doing a job more important than any other. You are being the hands and feet of the God who created those lives you shape each day.
I pray you enjoy Mother’s Day even if they say or do all the wrong things (or don’t say anything at all). Because the heart of a mom is close to the heart of God.
Happy Mother’s Day, my friends. I love you more than you know. I’m proud of the women you are. I’m blessed by the love you pour out.
I’m grateful we each have the heart of a mom.