An Honest Conversation About Identity and MotherhoodAs mothers, we do a lot of comforting. It’s just part of motherhood; from kissing boo-boos, to ensuring that things will be okay after heartache, and even making them feel safe after a bad dream. Life can be hectic, but I always stop everything when one of my children need attention from me. I mean isn’t that what moms do? We can be terribly behind in laundry, the house can be a mess, and we can be in the middle of something really important- but if someone starts crying, we drop it all to go comfort our babies. I pick them up, doing whatever I can to bring comfort, and try to solve all of their problems. As a mom, I do my best to fix whatever is broken or hurting. Sometimes, just being there and giving them my attention is enough. They settle right down because they know I am near. Other times, I may be a nurse, a handy woman, or even just a good listener. But, there are some things that I just can’t do anything about. Sometimes toys can’t be repaired, hurt feelings need more than a simple band-aid, and life lessons are harder to learn when you’re dealing with young kiddos.
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13As moms, we want to fix everything. We want to do exactly what our child needs. My sweet children are gifts straight from God and He entrusted me to lead them in the right way. He called me to be their mother, their teacher, their Earthly confident. I know I’m not perfect, well, at least I know that in my head- my heart is a different story. There isn’t a mother that’s ever walked the Earth that is perfect. None of us do motherhood perfectly despite what you see on Instagram and Facebook, even those mothers that “look perfect” still falter, they still have the same problems that you and I do, and they still have the same feelings and emotions too. And in this time where comparison is the true thief of joy, it’s even more important for us to talk about giving ourselves grace as mothers.