Step back and gain some perspective

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop right where you are. If you’re feeling like the mundane is getting the best of you, stop right where you are.

I need you to take a step back, take a deep breath, and think about this for a second.

From when your child is born, until they leave at age 18, there is about 958 Saturdays. That’s almost 1,000 Saturdays and that seems like SO much! Maybe that number is overwhelming to you, thinking about the bad days and the hard days and the days that don’t end…but here’s the kicker. If you put 958 marbles in a glass jar and look at it, it’s nothing! Every single one of them represents one Saturday, and they dwindle down way too fast.

We have 820 Saturdays left with Z, and 905 left with C. And as I type those words, my heart just breaks.

But wait! I need to step back…

It’s not that I only have that many Saturdays left…it’s that I HAVE that many Saturdays STILL and I need to make the very best of every single one. I can start now, it’s not too late.

Change your perspective.

I got all bummed out this past weekend when C turned one. I was stuck in a funk feeling like I couldn’t believe her first year was gone and I felt numb to it all, which in turn made me feel like I wasted her birthday! I had to step back and realize she had an eventful, amazing first year, and there is no time like the present to keep making memories and snuggling and laughing and growing.

Change your perspective.

Don’t forget that time is precious. Don’t waste the time you do have doing things that won’t further God’s Kingdom. Love starts at home and kids spell love T-I-M-E. Spend time with them so they know they are loved, so they know they are valuable and so they know they’re worth it. Those things are of great value to their future relationships and mindsets.

Mamas, show your sons how they should treat a woman…Dadas, show your daughters how they should be treated by a man. God gave us these precious babes for purposes greater than we will ever know, and I pray we don’t waste the moments we are given.

Work on being more present in a world that pulls you in 10 different directions at once. Work on hugging your babes more, they need 8-10 hugs a day! Work on believing that YOU ARE ENOUGH for them, and smash the lies that tell you you’re not—because you are their whole world. Work on trusting that God is with you and He will take away your burdens if you give them to Him. And work on taking chances, because there isn’t growth in comfort.

And most importantly, take a step back, grasp some perspective: Motherhood is tough, life is hard…but find peace knowing that the season you’re going through will soon be over. Whatever it may be, hold on; get up and get going! Don’t let the heaviness stop you from showing your kids the best life, and loving them fiercely.

Change your perspective.

Whether you’re doing the same routine every single day and you keep asking yourself “when will this end?” or “isn’t there more to life than this?”…whether you’re anxiety or depression is getting the best of you and you just don’t see a purpose in your motherhood journey…or whether you’re just going through life rather than growing through it…this is my prayer for you.

…that you would find peace in the crazy, that you’d be lifted high and find meaning in the things you’re doing every day (because they DO matter!) I pray you’d realize that you’re here for a purpose that is probably beyond what you imagine, allow God to use you right where you are. And I pray that you’d be present, that you’d use every moment you have to share the love of Jesus with your kids, and that you’d show them an unconditional love with strength from God, even on the worst of days. I pray you’d be able to step back and let God take your burdens from you, and I pray He would open your eyes to your full potential in this life.

Don’t allow yourself to miss an entire year like I did, because that’s 53 marbles you don’t get back. Use each moment to gain some perspective, to take a chance and actually live your life and FEEL what’s going on.

Thank you for sticking with me on this journey of motherhood and life, we were created to do life together, so let’s keep doing that.

Be blessed, xo.

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|| p e r s p e c t i v e || . you have about 958 saturdays with your kids from when they are born to when they turn 18. seems like a big number until you’re holding 958 marbles in a jar and it doesn’t look like much at all. each marble represents one saturday…820 saturdays left with my zekie boy, and 905 left with charlie girl, and i need to do better at making each one count. . my encouragement to you: don’t forget that time is precious. don’t waste the time you have doing things that won’t further God’s kingdom. love starts at home…and kids spell love T-I-M-E. spend time with them so they know they are loved, so they know they are valuable and so they know they’re worth it. mamas, show your sons how they should treat a woman…dadas, show your daughters how they should be treated by a man. God gave us these precious babes for purposes greater than we will ever know, and i pray we don’t waste any moments we are given. . work on being more present in a world that pulls you in 10 directions at once. work on hugging your babes more, they need 8-10 hugs a day! work on believing that YOU ARE ENOUGH for them, and smash the lies that tell you you’re not—because you are their whole world. work on trusting that God is with you and He will take away your burdens if you give them to Him. and work on taking chances, because there isn’t growth in comfort. . and most importantly, take a step back, grasp some perspective: Motherhood is tough, life is hard…but find peace knowing that the season you’re going through will soon be over. whatever it may be, hold on; get up and get going, don’t let the heaviness stop you from showing your kids the best life, and loving them fiercely. . #charliereyandmomma #documentyourdays

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2 thoughts on “Step back and gain some perspective

  1. “Love starts at home and kids spell love T-I-M-E.”

    I LOVE this! This is a great post and I know all moms (parents) can relate! Thanks for sharing this! Definitely something I needed to read as I’m sitting here wondering how 11 years have gone by since becoming a mom but I need to remember the time I still have with her at home and make those days count even more!

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