Building Hope

Being a stay at home mom is one of the most challenging jobs I have ever had. Unlike most jobs, stay at home moms don’t get the chance to punch out and take a breather. Chaos consumes my life pretty much from sun up to sundown. Because of this, it’s easy for me start to feel a sense of melancholy. My kids are a source indescribable joy, but they also continually introduce new trials.

 

We have recently been working with Moose trying to teach him how to put puzzles together. Like most things in this parenting game, this presented challenges for which I was unprepared. Then one day, it all just clicked and he was piecing together puzzles of varying difficulty all of his own accord. It got me thinking, that’s what life is like: we struggle with different tasks and then one day something clicks and what once seemed overwhelming and impossible now feels achievable. 


That’s the purpose of this blog for me. I don’t have things all figured out and I stumble on a nearly daily basis, but I want to encourage other moms to keep their heads up. In Finding Peace, I talked about my personal struggle as a Stay at Home Mom and how I found joy and happiness in my circumstances through prayer. This is an ongoing quest filled with hills and valleys, but those days which seem dark and low are never the end.

In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” My kids are still young, but I am realizing this time is fleeting. I want to have that abundant life with my kids, happy and full of joy. I want this to be a time I cherish, not wish away. This is fully obtainable, but I won’t succeed on my own. 

 

I need a support group. A group of moms who can encourage one another along the way and help remind each other of the happiness God promises when we follow Him. Journaling is a great way to reflect on where you have been and how far God has brought you. This also provides a record of what helped you through tough situations, so you can build hope and inspire other moms along their journey.

 

So that’s my mission. I want to build a community of moms who celebrate one another and build each other up when we stumble. I want to provide hope to the mom who has had another bad mommy day because we all have them and deserve some encouragement when we feel like we’re backed against the wall.  Much like a jigsaw puzzle, our pieces will start to fit together and we’ll see the bigger, brighter picture.

 

I want to hear from you. Share your thoughts on how you build other moms up when life gets a little tough. 



7 Replies to “Building Hope”

    1. Sorry for the delay. I responded and in the hustle and bustle of life, I forgot to hit send. I’m so glad this post spoke to you, it means so much to hear my words are having a positive effect.

  1. I try to put myself in my friends’ shoes (which usually isn’t too hard because moms tend to face a lot of the same struggles!). Then I tell her what is on my heart or what I would need to hear from her if our situations were reversed. sometimes we need an encouraging word, a hug, a good listener or just a shoulder to cry on. What an awesome thing it would be if all women started encouraging and building one another up, rather than tearing each other down! I love reading! Keep on writing!

  2. I also try to “preach” to my own soul when it is prone to wander. My favorite scripture for this one is psalm 43:5, “Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me. Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my savior and my God.”

    The psalmist has to remind his own heart not to be disheartened, but to praise God. Remember the truths, ignore the lies.

  3. I love how you said ‘I want to have that abundant life with my kids, happy and full of joy. I want this to be a time I cherish, not wish away. This is fully obtainable, but I won’t succeed on my own.’

    I so agree and long to make the most of this short time! Thank you for this timely important reminder today.

    1. Thanks, Elaine! I love the saying, “the days are long, but the years are short.” It’s so true and time slips away without regard to anything else. Our kids certainly deserve for us to give the time in our lives’ they seek.

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