Are You Thriving Or Surviving?

wallThere is a wall in motherhood. You may know it. I believe it is made of steel, and the only way around it is  – UP.

When we dreamily discover the new life growing inside of us, we are awakened with an emotion of anticipation and the expectancy and questions begin growing in our hearts and minds for what is to come.

And then the beautiful gift – Motherhood. Something we could have never been prepared for, and now hope to just survive.

Motherhood isn’t always the grit and hand-clenching work that blogs and books will write about, with some discouragement and emotion.

There is joy, amazing reward and beautiful in light of all of the work that we put in every day.  But, honestly  – there are moments when we just feel as if we are barely surviving.  And, so how does a mama find her place to the thriving, joy-filled moments and pull her mood, mind and moments out of the mud?

 

 But, to get there – it is a journey of selflessness, humility, priorities and a walk like no other.

 

I think about the loss of sleep this body and mind has experienced in 21 years of pregnancy, nursing and babies, potty training and sickness.  I love my sleep.  I need my sleep.  I use to resent not getting my rest, not having an adult conversation for an entire week, and wearing my post pregnancy clothes until the next baby announcement was on the radar.

And that wall in motherhood?  I stood there in front of it – motionless. With no clue how to get around.

Today, many years later, I crave being home, in my comfy clothes, reading, training, speaking life into my children.  I still do not get a full nights sleep, nor have I cinched my hips into my pre-baby jeans.

So, what has changed?  I was able to get around that wall, and stand on the other side.  And while I still live the younger years mama life, I have a new tool in my belt – Perspective.  And I would love to share it with you.

So that you may thrive here.  Not stuck on the wrong side of the wall.

No one told me that motherhood would feel like the game of Survivor.

And especially – I was never told that I could thrive in motherhood, and this would be an infectious spirit that would fill my home in the days to come.

And what about you?  We could never truly prepare the way for what each phase of motherhood might bring, but the one true fact is this –

You are not alone. So, in the spirit of walking all things together –

 

Join me on this journey of Thriving or Surviving – Hitting The Wall of Motherhood and How To Get Around It.

Have you faced this wall?  Can you see the HOPE on the other side?

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

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    Christin
    November 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    In short, yes. I’ve hit a wall. Homeschooling has been so overwhelming lately, with all the new levels to be taught, it is just so overwhelming.

    I wish I could just stop time to regroup, lol!

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    Stephanie Kay
    November 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve hit the wall a number of times! It keeps moving on me. lol! Thankfully the One who lifts me over it doesn’t move. “…by my God I can leap over a wall.” Ps. 18:29 NASB

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    Jessica F
    November 5, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Yes, I hit the wall several times in the last few months. The last couple of weeks have been no exception :(. I have 6 precious children ages 1-12 and have been so overwhelmed lately. But I have been reminded to be grateful for even the struggles as I just learned my sweet neighbor of 12 years has cancer and, wpw, do my problems seem small in comparison.

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