Today I’m speaking…to a group of young mothers.
"Whatever Happened To Me?"
I figured since I had a few years on them – OK, a few decades on most of them (and thanks for noticing that!) – I probably had some wise words to pass on.
Well, words anyway.
I'm going to be sharing with them seven key areas that I think are necessary in developing and maintaining our identities throughout the "Mom Years."
I figured I could speak to this issue because I can still remember what it felt like being a young mother. I'm not so old that I can’t remember when my sons were little.
Mom memories stretch long – and they live in your heart forever!
And I truly believe that I am facing some of the same challenges as an "Empty-Nester" that I faced as a mom of young children.
I have grappled with some of the same issues – asked myself some of the same questions. Have I disappeared? Who am I at this stage in my life? What do I need?
So, as I explored this topic, here’s what I came up with:
1. We need PERSONAL TIME. Time for ourselves. Time to be alone. And
we need to search for God in quiet moments.
2. We need to spend time with other PEOPLE. We need to foster
friendships, not just acquaintances. And we need to look for God in our
3. We need to have PATIENCE. We have to practice slow and steady. And
we must ask God to give us a persevering spirit that endures.
4. We need time to PLAY. To enjoy life, to learn the gift of laughter. And we
need to find God's joy in the simple things of life.
5. We need to PRESERVE memories and traditions. Record them for the
future. And we must seek God’s wisdom as we let go of what doesn’t
matter, and hold on to what does.
6. We need to pursue our PURPOSE, and explore our passions. And we need
to let ourselves find meaning in who God created us to be.
7. And finally, we must never underestimate the power of PRAYER. We
can’t let anything fool us into thinking that God doesn’t care. He does,
more than we’ll ever know.
He is faithful. He is always there, and ever near.
For God is the anchor that keeps us safe and secure through the storms of motherhood, and He is the beacon who will lead us through the perils and challenges of life.
And when we cry out in frustration and despair, "Whatever happened to me?"
He has an answer.
"You’re right here. In the shadow of My wings. In the palm of My hand. And I will never, ever leave you or forsake you. I know you by name – you are Mine!"
Which of these seven areas do you need to develop the most at this point in your life?
(P.S. – My apologies to any of my male readers – I'd have to say that you need these things in your life, too!)
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