For the Unseen Momma

To the momma who is dealing with two screaming kids in the store,
I see you.

To the momma missing another church service because their kiddo won’t let go,
I see you. 

To the momma feeling lost,
I see you.

To the momma busy feeding her kids while others have grown up conversations,
I see you. 

To the momma, struggling, just to keep it all together,
I see you. 

To the momma, doing it all alone,
I see you. 

To the momma, running late no matter how early you start getting everyone ready,
I see you.

To the momma,  feeling like failure,
I see you. 

To the momma, aching for her kiddos while she’s at work,
I see you. 

To the momma, feeling overwhelmed.
I see you.

To the momma, feeling guilty for missing independence,
I see you. 

To the momma, running her kids from one practice and game to another,
I see you.

To the momma, feeling unappreciated and invisible,
I see you.

To the momma, feeling inadequate to handle the obstacles being thrown at you, 
I see you.

To the momma, in the mirror,
I see you. 

I see YOU!!  And you are killin’ it!  You’re doing an incredible job, momma! You are seen, you are appreciated, you are loved, despite the feelings you feel.  You aren’t just seen by me, a fellow mom in the trenches, but you are seen so deeply and so completely by our Heavenly Father.  He sees you.  He sees YOU!  In every season, in every struggle, in every triumph, He sees you and KNOWS you, and cares for you.  He hasn’t forgotten you.  He hasn’t left you. He is with you.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for these mommas who serve their families endlessly.  I pray that you would refresh and renew their strength.  Help them to know they are seen and loved by You, and that they are not alone.  I pray you would send them encouragement and incredible friendships.  I pray you would bless them.  Meet them right now, show them you are there with them! Amen. 

Action:  Give a fellow mom some extra love and encouragement this week.

Let’s take on life together!

Megan 

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Insecurity vs. Obedience

Let me take a moment to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has read, commented, liked, responded, and started following Heart of a Girl!  You guys are my heroes!   Thank you for encouraging me and laughing with me!

When I first felt the Lord stirring my heart about starting a blog,  I was hit with a lot of insecurities, doubts, and fears.   I felt like I had nothing to say.  I felt like EVERYONE had a blog and I would be just another person with a blog.  I felt like I didn’t have anything to offer.  All these “What ifs” started flooding my mind: 

What if I don’t have anything to say?
What if I quit this like so many other things I’ve quit?
What if I don’t follow through?
What if I lose interest?
What if I don’t know what I’m doing?
What if I can’t keep up with posting?
What if I’m not any good?
What if I’m just another blogger lost in the blogosphere?
What if I fail?
What if I say the wrong thing?
What if no one wants to read what I have to say?
What if no one likes it?
What if people think its stupid?
What if this….
What if that…

   These endless thoughts, fears, doubts – insecurities; flooded my mind.  I was so focused on these insecurities that I almost allowed them to cause me to be disobedient.   At the end of the day, my obedience matters not the answers to “What ifs”.  Even if my worst “What if” comes true, all I need to know is that I followed the Lord, trusted Him, and was obedient.

What is the Lord speaking to you about?  Are you walking in obedience or are you walking in fear?   Are you stepping out in faith and trusting Him even though the outcome is uncertain?  Is your mind so fogged with insecurity that you can’t see His will for you?

                                           “ Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
                                        don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
                        Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
                                              he’s the one who will keep you on track.
                                                 Don’t assume that you know it all.”
                                            Proverbs 3:5-7   (The Message)

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for being patient and gracious with us when we allow insecurities and fears to determine our steps instead of You.  Help us to follow You even when we are afraid.  Help us to trust that You have a plan and that following You is the best thing we could do.  Help us to be obedient and step out wherever you call us.   We want to be obedient no matter what!   No matter how hard or scary it may seem, we are trusting You!  I pray that you begin working miracles in the lives of those who are taking a step of faith with You!  Show them your goodness and faithfulness. Amen.

Action:  Evaluate yourself and begin walking in obedience in any area that you may currently be walking in fear.

Here’s to ignoring that voice that yells at me “WHAT IF” every time I hit the “Publish” button.   You guys are awesome!

Let’s take on life together!

~ Megan

Some Days

Ever feel like you are nailing this parenting thing?  You know those days where you made it without completely losing your mind.  Your child listened and followed directions, you did art time, song time, taught them a thing or two, made lunch, all while managing to not flip out on anyone or have any sort of emotional breakdown.  A day where you are sad to lay them down for bed because you had such a great time with them that you just want to soak up every second that you can?

I had a day like this once… I think.

But – more times than not, I lose it at least once.  I know this doesn’t set me up to be “parent of the year” and certainly not SAHM of the year. Most days I mess up most things.  Most days I feel like I have NO IDEA what in the world I’m doing. Most days I wonder how much counseling my kids are going to need if they ever survive this. Most days I question my sanity and wonder how they let me leave the hospital with these kids.

 

Jaxon throwing a fit because I had the audacity to go to the bathroom.


On days when I feel like I can’t get one thing right or anything right at all and I feel like everything I do is the complete WRONG thing, when I feel like my child will never learn to be the kind, considerate, person I keep trying to shape him to be, when I feel like I will never get the hang of this momming thing, there are tiny sparkling moments throughout the day to remind me that its going to be okay.

Its amazing how HUGE a difference such a tiny moment can make in this mommy’s day.  All I need is one hug, one kiss, one kind action, one moment of listening and following directions, a new thing learned, a tiny milestone, a helpful moment, a silent moment (especially this one😉).  Just ONE of any of these things can melt my hardened heart.  They can melt my anger, selfishness, frustration, weariness, insecurities, and doubts. When all that melts away,  all that remains is love.  LOVE for this tiny human who has such a hold on me.  Who has this power over me to bring out my best  despite my worst.

 

He really does love his sister

In those moments I am reminded not only how much I love my wonderful and amazing children but also how the Lord feels that same (BUT MUCH GREATER) love for me and for you! It doesn’t matter how far we fall, how many mistakes we make, how many times we should’ve driven Him crazy, His grace for us exceeds what we could ever imagine. He loves us. He sits patiently waiting for us to realize our need for Him and He longs to help us.

In tough moments be encouraged and know that you are not alone. You were specifically chosen to be the mommy to your kiddos. There is no one else more qualified or who could do this job like you! God called you to your kids and He will help you when you ask!

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”     Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ 

Prayer: Lord, I pray for every mom out there that is feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Every mom who feels so lonely and inadequate. I pray you would encourage her and send deep friendships into her life to lift her up and love her. I pray you would give her peace and comfort knowing you are by her side.  Fill her mind with Your truth and dissolve the lies the enemy tries to get her to believe. Give her the strength she needs. Lead her in Your love and grace. Help her to become the mom You have called her to be and to be able to walk in that confidently. Amen.

Action: Reach out to another mommy this week. Let her know she’s not alone. Encourage her. Pray for her. Show up at her door (with a heads up)  with a venti iced white mocha with coconut milk and toffee nut.  Show her that you are there. This will bless her which in return will bless you far greater then you would expect!

Love you girls!

Let’s take on life together. 💕

Forgiveness

forgiveness

This is the actual definition of forgiveness.

A lot of times we struggle with forgiveness and justify our anger or hatred towards someone because we feel we have the “right” to those feelings because of what has been done to us. But the Lord calls us to be like Him. Forgive like Him. Love like Him. Live like Him. This is extremely hard.

This is so hard when someone hurts you. They hurt you when you don’t deserve it. They hurt you when you showed kindness and love. They hurt you when you would do anything for them. They hurt you and turn their back on you. They hurt you much like we have hurt Jesus.

Yet, we receive love. We receive forgiveness. We receive grace. Even for our worst mistakes. Today, I choose to forgive. Forgive fully. To the point of wishing well. Forgive as Christ has forgiven me and continues to forgive me despite my many faults and failures.

Today, lets choose to forgive and love one another when we least deserve it.Eph 4.3col3.13