Last year, at Mother’s Day church service, I sat with anticipation as I awaited the sermon from Pastor Simon. I was disappointed to learn that there would be no sermon that day. His sermons are amazing! Instead, pastor asked the mothers in the congregation “what motherhood meant to us.” It was a hot Sunday morning and as I sat there barefoot and pregnant, I started to think about my answer but prayed he didn’t ask me to stand and share my thoughts. Brave mothers shared their thoughts on motherhood and I remember feeling like I had too many thoughts going through my head at the time and I remember feeling like a student in a classroom where the teacher wanted someone to explain something but the student hoped the teacher would pick someone else to answer. I am ready now to share my thoughts on motherhood.
Motherhood is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s seeing the smile on their faces and hearing their laughter and feeling deep satisfaction knowing that in that moment they are happy. Motherhood is being proud of their achievements, their milestones and feeling completely whole as a mother in that moment. Motherhood is knowing that even though I’m aching physically, I still need to be there for my sons to nurture them and tend to their needs. Motherhood is being supportive in whatever paths they choose knowing that it’s their passion. Motherhood is holding them tighter every time I hug them because our future is uncertain and the world can be so cruel. Motherhood is watching them as they sleep knowing that in that moment they are safe with me.
As moms, we encounter many challenges. I struggle with many and after all these years, I’ve finally started to be easier on myself acknowledging that like all moms, I am a work in progress. Being inconsistent, not holding my ground and allowing critique from others to affect decisions I’ve made are some of the challenges I’ve had to face. I am thankful to the almighty that he has given me this great gift to carry and raise my children.