Mamas out there – I get it. Mamas with infants up at night, mysteriously crying, in need of constant snuggles – you there with the tired eyes, you are seen. Mamas with toddlers climbing and jumping, “helping” as they undo what you’ve done, defying you and adoring you – you there with the headache and need for a break, you are amazing. Mamas with kiddos running free, full of energy, bursting at the seams with ideas and enthusiasm – and you, trying to keep it all running smoothly, you are precious. Mamas with young ones who rise early and teens who keep you up with heart-to-hearts in the wee hours, as you struggle to function on four hours of sleep, meeting needs of the mouth and needs of the heart – you, you are doing a holy work.
To you mamas who set out with high ideals of speaking truth and identity into your little ones, of striving to infuse responsibility and strength, longing to teach by example to your brood who God is and how unconditional is His love – to you who feel bogged down by the day-to-day demands that sap your energy and vitality, this is for you.
There is more. Not more “to do” or more “to achieve.” There is more freedom, there is more hope, there is more God-filling to be had.
We have a God who is greatly intentional with us. And we long to live our own lives with such God-directed intentionality. But the tyrannical urgent comes in and puts a wedge between our passions and our present.
Remember, the first thing God ordained as holy was a period of time – the Sabbath day. He gave us time – not a place, not a practice, not a process – but time to remember Him and what He’s given us.
And, in the midst of our everyday chaos, where beauty and mess intermingle with predictable regularity, we can take time, little bursts of time, to refocus, to meet our kids where the are.
In my newly released book, The inTENtional Mama, we’ll dive into ten ways to use 10 minutes with your kids in order to strengthen the bonds you have and keep your mama-sanity at the same time. You will encounter practical suggestions to make ten minutes count. Ten minutes can make a huge difference in a relationship if they are used intentionally.
God has incredible plans for you and your children. You are part of their plans just as they are part of yours. It’s a mysterious and exquisite weaving, this relationship of mama and child.
So, for all you mamas with kids at home, in the middle of the hustle and bustle, you can make an investment on purpose in your children. You can do it without burning yourself out, without spending every waking moment focusing on “doing more.” You can reap beautiful relationships and sow a little each day into these priceless lives with ten intentional minutes at a time. You do not have to be perfect. (I’m certainly not!) You already care, you’re already meeting so many needs. I want to encourage you as you read, that you are already amazing, just as you are right now.