ROOTED IN LOVE ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
I think it’s so fun getting hand-me-down clothes for my kids. There’s something really special about having them wear clothes that were worn by our friends and family before us. I also enjoy passing old clothes on to others’ kids when mine outgrow them. It’s like passing love along to share for a little while. And it can be expensive buying clothes for kids who outgrow them at hyperspeed, so it’s nice to bless someone with a gift to save them money.
Kind of like clothes, I love having wisdom and encouragement passed down from older and more experienced mamas, and passing it on to others too. Motherhood is such a challenging and ever-changing experience that it’s nice to support and hold each other up. Having other moms around you in all walks of life is such a blessing and a unique way of spreading love.
Helping each other through hard times and tiresome days is what community is all about, and the community of mothers is a really special one. Even if you don’t have advice for a fellow mama, praying for each other does wonders. Just being there and saying, “I’m with you” is a huge gift of love.
There is so much “mom shaming” going around on the internet today, and it kind of makes me sick. Instead of supporting and encouraging others, women are bashing and judging each other publicly. All that does is create an atmosphere of fear and self-loathing. It’s hard enough being a mom without people criticizing our every move. We’re all doing the best we can for our kids, and maybe that looks different for some than it does for others. It isn’t our right to condemn another mom’s choices or tell her she’s wrong. Instead, we should make it our mission to encourage every mama we meet and make her feel like she’s the best mother in the world.
The more we encourage someone, the more confident they will be. And I think confidence goes a long way toward finding success. If we want to raise a bright and happy generation of children, then we need to have bright and happy mothers. And one way we can help make that happen is by being kind to each other. If we’re an older mama and we see a younger one in need, we don’t have to be afraid to offer help. She might just be too afraid to ask. And if we’re that younger mama and we don’t know what to do, we can find someone who’s been there before and seek her advice.
Don’t ever be ashamed of yourself as a mother. We’re all learning and we all make mistakes, but we keep growing and improving just like we do in other areas of life. Be a friend and encourage your fellow mothers. The buddy system is highly effective, you know. Walking through the challenges of motherhood together is much easier than facing them alone.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”