I recently read a story of a mother who is raising 16 children among other things. You can find the story here.
I mean, she has 16 children! And she blogs! And she homeschools! And she has time for charity work!
Now, who wouldn’t think: Why Her? (more on Why Her? in a bit)
I have often pondered, with nine children, how busy I am in my every day life. My oldest is almost 19 with my youngest being 8 months, you would think if she can juggle 16 children than I’d be able to juggle nine with more grace than I have sometimes.
However, I have learned that to each their own.
I am, right now, in the middle of a six-week Bible study: Why Her? which is the struggle of comparing ourselves to others in our daily lives. Others can be anyone from the postal lady, to your best friend, to you worst enemy, or to someone on the red carpet. It’s a great study, by the way, so check it out!
Anywhoo, through this Bible study, I am learning that comparing ourselves to others really does bring one down in their own life. Constantly trying to measure up brings one too much stress, resentment, and unhappiness.
Which brings me to my point of:
I am a mother of nine children. Not 16, not 2, but 9. The number that God has blessed me with and for that reason alone:
I can do this!
I can raise my children well!
I only have to remember to trust in the Lord, to trust that I can fulfill the vocation that He has entrusted to me.
Another point to remember is NOT COMPARE myself to others.
Not this mom of 16 children.
Not to the lady without any children.
Not even to the woman with the same amount of children.
As a learning tool from the study: a This Time truth
This time: I will remember my role as mother and that nobody can be the mother to my children that I am. God made sure of that.
May your father and mother rejoice, may she who gave birth be joyful. -Proverbs 23:25
My job right now is to focus on raising my children. As hard, as hair-pulling crazy, as chaotic as it gets sometimes, I wouldn’t trade THAT for the world. I love being a mom. I am blessed to be able to stay home with my babies. And I thank God for His presence in my life because He gets me through all the crazy, all the hair, all the chaos. I will carry on my mothering vocation with joy because:
All the blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord. – Deuteronomy 28:2
One day at a time…..
Many blessings to you this day.