Well, here it goes…I have never written a blog post before. I honestly have never even followed a blog. Recently, however, I have felt God leading me in the direction of starting my own, as an outlet to share my experiences, passions, dreams, etc. and encourage others along the way.
Today I want to take the opportunity, to share with you, why I titled my blog “Mom Matters Most”. As moms, we often get tied up in the role of “Mom”. What an honor and blessing it is to have that title and I thank God daily for giving me the opportunity to be Mom to Lyric, age 3, and Sawyer, 10 months. However, that title can hinder us from taking care of ourselves, as we care for and tend to our families. Since becoming a mother in 2013 I have grown and flourished in so many ways. But at the same time, there have been parts of me that have gotten lost. The main part was just that, “me”. I forgot who I was and I let myself go. This ultimately led me to feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable most of the time. How could I be the best mom, and wife for that matter, if I couldn’t remember who I was or to care for myself? I had quit feeding myself and just ate the kid's leftovers. I quit exercising, because let’s be honest, who has time for that. I hardly spent time with the Lord or my husband because I was TIRED. And I didn’t get much alone time because, well, I’m a mom. Us moms know it’s impossible to even go to the bathroom alone. (The other day my 3.5-year-old came in while I was doing my business. She asked me “Mom, do you need some privacy?” To my surprise, I said, “Yes, thank you so much, I would love that!” Her response, “Ok, I’ll go get you some. I’ll be right back.” Not exactly the privacy I was looking for ha.)
After about 2 years of living for everyone else, I knew something had to change. I read a book by my dear friend Autumn Miles called “Appointed” and it changed my mindset and my heart. While reading this book the Lord gave me a vision for my future. He showed me that He has plans and purposes for my life. That these plans and purposes are a part of my motherhood but also for things outside the 4 walls of my home. He was going to use me for His Kingdom and I couldn’t wait for Him to reveal more to me. Not much in my circumstances changed immediately, but inwardly I changed. My mind did. My heart did. I had confidence in myself again. I knew that if I wanted to be the best version of myself for the ones I loved and cared for then I had to realize that it’s okay as a mom to matter most.
I would love for you to join my journey as I am on a mission to better my life through the avenues the Lord is leading me through. To name a few: I have developed a recent passion for nutrition which is giving me wisdom and insight into treating my body as the temple the Lord designed it to be. I am pursuing a deeper and more intimate relationship with our Father through dedicated quiet times. And I dream of encouraging others to find their passions and purposes, with the peace of Jesus leading the way.
Take Action: Has God put a dream or passion on your heart that you have set aside while you tend to the needs of your family? Would you be willing to devote just 5-20 minutes each day towards this passion? If you feel a lack of passion, as I have in the past, are you able to devote 5-20 minutes each day to pray for God to reveal His purposes for you to your heart? Choose a time of day, which works for the schedule of your family, to spend with the Lord allowing Him to cultivate purposes and passions in your life.