Sometimes life as a mama doesn’t feel compatible with your dreams as a woman.
Maybe you’re late to the game. You stayed home with the kids all those years only to discover that when you arrived to interview at the workplace of your dreams, everyone else was in line ahead of you. Or maybe they were already seated at the table, and you feel like there’s no way you’ll ever get a seat. It’s hard to imagine how you’ll ever catch up. How will you get to that place you imagine for yourself when all you’ve ever done is give everything you have to your kids?
Maybe you were already in line, maybe you were already seated at that table. You were on your way, but motherhood called, and you had to step away from the hopes and dreams you had for your life as a woman. You got up from that table, left that place in line. Tears sprung forth from your eyes the second you walked away. You knew you had to do it, you knew it was time, but something tugged at your heart saying stay, stay.
You walk beaten paths with chocolate milk bottles, straws that fell on the ground, and dirty napkins. And when you look at that partially eaten double chocolate chip cookie your baby finished along the beaten path, you think yep, this is my life right now. Chocolate chip milk bottles, straws, dirty napkins, and partially eaten double chocolate chip cookies.
So you keep walking.
You keep on walking and you keep on walking.
You keep on loving and you keep on caring for those beautiful kiddos the very best you can.
You’re keeping on, keeping on.
Because you know – you’re mama, but you’re woman, too.
Your hopes and dreams for your life as a woman won’t be trampled on – just because you’re mama.
For once upon a time, God laid dreams on your heart to become a mama. He made those dreams beautiful in their time. Those little ones you hoped for all those years? Now they’re yours, gifted to you, for such a time as this.
Those little ones that needed you all those years? Your time with them was precious, the days fleeting. You loved them dearly, for such a time as this.
Those tiny ones that beckon you to come, be with them now? They’ll remain tiny for only so long. So love on them, be with them, for such a time as this.
Rest assured, sweet mama, that God’s dreams for you as a woman will be fulfilled. He’ll lead you to that perfect spot in line. He’ll make space for you at that table when your time has come. Rest, assured.
You need not be afraid, tears need not spring forth from your eyes.
For God makes all things beautiful, in time.
You’ve been in a season, mama. You’re in a season, mama.
So walk on, walk on.
Press on, press on.
Love on, love on.
You’re not just mama or just woman. You’re mama and woman.
Rest assured, mama.
Time’s in your hands, time’s in God’s hands.
As hard as it’s been to find a seat at that table, as hard as it is to step out of line, as much as it seems you’re surrendering your womanhood for motherhood – just know, it’s all compatible.
Because you’re mama and woman.
Be brave. Love big. Press on.
Because you are amazing, just as you are, right where you are.
One day, when the time is right, when the season’s turned, you’ll find yourself seated at that table, you’ll find yourself at the front of the line – and you’ll wonder, how in the world did those days of partially eaten double chocolate chip cookies escape me?
*This post is part of a month-long series titled Motherhood Unraveled. To read more from this series, click here and read to the bottom where all the posts are listed and linked!