Oh, I hear it all the time. The frustration. The worry. The fear.
How do I get anything done with kids? How do I find my new normal? How do I maintain a deep relationship with the Lord while raising children?
They’re good questions to ask because I think at one point, all of us mommas have asked ourselves this.
I’ve learned to shift my expectations. The picture of a woman sitting cozy in a comfy chair, snuggled in a warm blanket, sipping on her favorite hot tea, while reading her bible was no longer me. Those days had passed. But I’ve realized that my time with the Lord doesn’t have to look perfect to be beautiful.
“You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8
I can seek Him when my hands are full. I can love Him well in the midst of messes and tantrums and life’s chaos. He’s after my heart. And that’s what I give Him as I read God’s word while I sit on the living room floor next to my 7 month old covered in spit up and wearing yesterday’s clothes. Jesus is with me as I seek Him from the bathroom floor while my toddlers are taking a bath. He meets me when I’m praying to Him while preparing a meal, or tidying our home. He’s beside me as I cry out to Him as my kids misbehave, and I’m struggling to have the patience and self-control that God calls me to. And somehow, though it’s not a picture perfect image, I’m content. I’m strengthened. I’m at peace.
So to the mom who is looking for her new normal, embrace God in the chaos. Don’t compromise when your hands are full. God will honor your dependence as you make your relationship with Him a non-negotiable in your life. He gave His very life for us. He’s worthy of our praise in every season, every triumph, and every battle. Love Him well in the mess. Love Him with all your heart.
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
Taylor Krabill is happily married to her high school sweetheart Tanner, and is living her dream as a stay at home momma to her three children: Haven, Kaid, and Luke. In her writings you will find her heart for Jesus, her family, and her home sweet home.