Tip #2: Accept the Reality of What Is and of What Isn’t.
There is so much freedom and peace that comes when we can just accept reality for what it is:
•That toddler? Yep, he’s going to need you to cut his food for him today. Again.
•Your teen? Yes, she will need you to drive her to theatre rehearsal. Three times this week.
•Your eight year old? Yes, she does have reoccurring medical issues which cause you to spend way more time than you’d like at the doctor.
What are you things you need to just accept right now about this season of mothering?
You don’t have to like these things, and some of them probably aren’t ideal.
But for now? They are reality.
“Acceptance with Joy” is a phrase that I’m continually challenging myself with, and I love how these verses speak to that truth (all verses are in the New Living Translation):
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord. (Psalm 4:5)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Ponder these. Let God’s word speak to you in new and powerful ways.
He loves you–yes, you!–more than you could ever hope and imagine.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:3)
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)