To the new Mama’s in our midst … we rally in your corner, Sweet Friend. We know and understand your fatigue — the days often seem to blur from one into the next as you may find yourself constantly looking at the calendar with disbelief that so much time has elapsed, and yet, possibly feeling as though you’ve not moved from the rocking chair or recliner. I used to find myself simply sleeping in that thing because I, too, was beyond exhausted to stagger to bed knowing I would have to get up for another feeding as soon as I fell asleep.
Looking back at those times, I would have much to say about some of the things I did and didn’t do. Here are a few morsels of encouragement from some mamas and grandmamas, may it soothe your anxious heart and give you much hope:
Ask for help. I grew up a proud and independent woman. When we first started to have children, I felt that "I can do this!" Little did I know how much I needed to simply ask for the help that was available to me from the hands and hearts all around me. Don't feel as though you are bothering or interrupting someone -- we, who know how it feels to be half-crazy in those early days (weeks, months ...) are here and ready to give you a hand (and a break). ~~ Linda R. Johnson He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:4 GWT
Linda’s heart beats passionately for the ones coming up behind her and strives to point them to the One Who loves them beyond their wildest imagination. Connect with her here.
Allow the Holy Spirit to mother you. You cannot pour from an empty vessel. When you are weak and weary, invite the Holy Spirit to fill you up. His love and comfort will enable you to pour love into others. ~~ Alison Kozlow
Legacy and Traditions can be passed on or changed. You are starting a new family, a new life. You get to decide what you continue on or what you add or change. Build your life on the Cornerstone and go from there. If you don’t think you can be a hiking family…then don’t be a hiking family. ~~ Kyla Bays
Kyla has been married for 12 years, is currently a stay-at-home mom to three kiddos: 16-8-2 (Yes they really are that many years apart, no I don’t recommend it) and two fur babies.
The Unscripted Moments. My mom instilled a love for God in my heart from a very early age. One of my sweetest childhood memories of her was of her falling in the snow and losing a shoe. She sat and cried not because she was hurt or had lost her shoe, but because she was afraid, she would miss church. It became an endearing example to me of Proverbs 31:29 (NIV) “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all”. As young mothers, we often fail to realize when we are in the trenches of motherhood just how much those ordinary unscripted moments matter. It truly will be in those everyday gestures of living out our faith in front of our children that will spark a desire in their hearts to have a relationship with God and teach them to love our Savior above all other things. ~~ Susan Davidson
Susan is a wife, mother to one beautiful daughter named Heather, and Gran Gran to her grandson Noah. She resides in a small town surrounded by mountains in southwest Virginia
We all hope that you will join us throughout the month of May as we continue to celebrate, love on and encourage each other. Some of us here today will pop back in at another unexpected time, so be sure to check back in with us and grab a bite to eat while you’re here. There’s so much more to come … and we invite you to share a few bite-size morsels from your own kitchen of motherhood. You can never have enough Girlfriends with whom to do life!
We love you all to Heaven and Back ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary
*Thank you to Susan Davidson, Alison Kozlow and Kyla Bays for sharing on this publication of Titus-two.com and contributing to the many bite-size morsels of love, caring and doing life in Jesus. We look forward to sharing more from you in the days to come and cheer you on in this Journey of mama-hood.