I feel like the word “enough” in our society is not acceptable. Our culture screams for more and More and MORE. Enough is never “enough”.
And that is why I think as mothers we struggle to find that “enoughness”.
How many times have you wondered if you are doing enough and even if you ARE enough?
Everyday, the pulls of cleaning, maintaining the home, maintaining a job, maintaining control, and sometimes just maintaining survival, can be draining. We wonder, “am I enough”? Is what I am doing, enough?
I am here to tell you – IT’S ENOUGH.
Do not let the lies of Satan ruin what God is trying to do in and through you. I get caught up in them all too often.
I vividly remember holding Mazy one day when she was just a few months old, in just a mess of tears because I could not calm her down. I was completely worn out. She wasn’t sleeping it felt like ever, and that meant I wasn’t sleeping. I felt I had nothing left to give, but tears to God. I know at any given moment, if I made it known to a friend, they would have come over in a heartbeat, but I needed that moment. I needed to get to that place to be reminded that I AM ENOUGH and GOD IS ENOUGH too.
I am the perfect mother for Mazy Grace. God has woven into the very fabric of me, the things that compliment Mazy’s needs. The very strands that have created a tapestry fit for our sweet daughter.
But do we see ourselves as a tapestry? A beautifully, laid out tapestry, where each thread was woven into it, by the very hands of God? A Father who loves us so dearly, that each strand has created a different looking tapestry than that of our neighbors and friends? We are unique – designed for a unique purpose.
I fall into the lies and tell myself that certain strands aren’t good enough. That I need to add more strands. That my tapestry should look different because I need to do more and be more.
And that’s a lie.
Okay, I know that as Christians we are to not become stagnant. But I think often times, we are looking for “threads” that aren’t there. We fail to look at the threads that God has already given us and those are the ones that sit unused – the threads that are stagnant and have yet to be used to make the beautiful tapestry He designed before we were even born.
But again, that is why YOU are ENOUGH.
God has given you everything you need, to be YOU. He has given you the skills and love you need to mother your children well (believe it or not!) He has given you the capacity you need to still stay sane (believe it or not). He has given you all that you need to serve Him (believe it or not). Sometimes we have to look no further than at ourselves. We need to sit back, think about the gifts (inward and outward) that He has given us, to realize that WE ARE ENOUGH.
You are doing what you can. Don’t let the social media world and Pinterest tell you that you have to look like a model, need to wear only designer clothes, decorate your home with only high-end items, drive the latest model car, and cook these 5 course clean-eating meals every single day.
Let’s be honest:
After having a kid, your body will never be the same.
Even designer clothes can rip, get spit up on, and drawn on with pen.
Even high-end items get ruined – think flying toys that aren’t supposed to fly!
Even new cars can get dents – can I just say “Walmart parking lot?”
Who has time to eat a 5 course meal anyways?
Do not set these unrealistic expectations for yourself. When you think about who you want to be, who are you comparing yourself to? Who comes to mind? What type of lifestyle comes to mind?
If you answered those 3 questions, you are telling yourself YOU are not enough. Don’t believe the lies. You should have no answer for those questions (except if you answered Christ, of course).
BE WHO YOU ARE and THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL YOU.