April 23, 2017

For When You Think You’re Not Enough

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We’ve all seen the bumper stickers with 13.1 or 26.2, and we all think they’re just awesome, right?

No, seriously.  I’m happy (thrilled) for you if you’ve run a half marathon or a full marathon.  Those are fantastic endeavors and I’ve even run one myself.

But I don’t have a sticker on the back of my big ol’ van.  It’s not that I’m not proud of my accomplishment.  It’s totally cool, and I absolutely get why anyone would want to share their excitement about having completed such a feat.  Truly, until you’ve run one, it’s hard to relate to both the exhaustion and exhilaration that comes with crossing that finish line.  SO…congrats to you if you have, and I’m high-fiving you all the way!

But there are those out there that aren’t runners in the physical sense.  They get the stickers that say “0.0” and put on the backs of their cars.  Have you seen them?  I find them humorous.

And maybe sometimes you see those 13.1 and 26.2 stickers and think to yourself, “what about what I do every day?  Doesn’t that count for something?”  In light of my recent post on burn-out, I want to address a couple of things I feel are very important to recognize as mothers who may be growing weary in the race.  I’m talking about the marathon of motherhood here.  You work hard, too.  There’s no bumper sticker for you.  No one high-fiving you at the end of the day for making it all the way to your interrupted bedtime.

So I made these for you and me.  For the accomplisments unnoticed, sometimes unappreciated, sometimes never celebrated.  I’m cheering for you!  You’re enough!  Congratulations, my friend!  You’re a great mom!

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Seriously, you did that? Back-breaking, I know! Good job!

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Okay, so maybe you are just in the first or second or eighth year of changing diapers. This time is fleeting. Hang in there.

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Wow! Even in the midst of morning sickness and taking care of all those other kids while their dad’s out of town again, you actually cooked dinner! That’s awesome! Keep it up!

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You wanted your husband and family members to tell you how proud they were of you for sticking out that hard labor, and maybe they didn’t. You ROCKED it! You did what God designed for your body to do, and you did it well! Or maybe you birthed that sweet baby via c-section. You still gave birth. Your body still did a fantastic job co-creating a new little life. WOW! Magnificent!

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You nursed those babies for as long as you could and you did great! What a wonderful start to life you gave them! Mastitis wouldn’t let you continue? It happens. I’m proud of you for trying as long as you did. Let go of the guilt.

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I wish I could do this one more days than not. For choosing to invest in your children over investing in clean floors, I applaud you. That’s the more noble choice and you will never ever regret spending those hours with your sweet babies.

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You just keep hanging on. Staying married instead of giving up, maybe it’s not the easier choice, but it’s almost always the better one. I’m proud of you.

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For the THIRD time today! WOW! That’s serious commitment to loving your family and home! You cooked all that food AND cleaned up all the dishes. I know you’re tired, and I know you’ll do it again tomorrow. What a marathon you run every day, girl!

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Wow!  You do that even though you are really tired of it.  You’re trying to be a good wife and not complain and grumble…..and it’s more about that than the socks and you know it.  God sees your heart.

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Seriously the most important thing you will ever do. Forget 13.1 or 26.2, the diapers, the dishes, the laundry, all of it. What profits a man (or woman or child) to gain the whole world yet lose his soul? You’re doing a fantastic job and the Lord sees and knows your precious heart in your endeavors.

What you do every day is both exhausting and somehow exhilarating, and what you do counts!  You are ENOUGH!

 


Comments

  1. Sarah Bass says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! We all need a high-five or pat on the back for keeping up the fight from day to day. I don’t run…I can’t even exercise at all right now, but hope to soon. I definitely smile when I see 0.0 – that’s me! I also heard, “If you see me running, you should start running too.” 😀
    I appreciate you sharing this season with us! Hugs!

  2. Can I print these on bumper sticker paper?! 😉 These are great and totally encouraged me today–thanks! My favorite is “washed dishes” because that’s definitely the hardest one for me to get started on. And it DOES feel like such an accomplishment when I’m finished–sometimes even worthy of bumper-sticker status 🙂 Hope your day was great today, and keep on keeping on!

  3. Wow! Your message could not have come at a better time… I have been feeling “not enough” all week. This will kick start my busy weekend. I am giving you back the high-five for all you are doing yourself.

  4. Bravo to all of you young moms…..how I needed to hear this when I was a young mom, stubbling my way though life, more often defeated than not. You are all doing a great job….you love those babies and their daddys and love yourself a little bit today too. The Lord is meeting you right where you are and helping you run this most important race. Bravo again!

  5. THANK YOU! I think I really needed this today. You’re right, no one has every said good job to me and I’ve done all those things you listed and more. I try to remember …”do unto the Lord…not to man…” however, sometimes it would be nice to have someone notice me and that I really do work hard(even though I don’t make any money). Have a nice day.

  6. Thanks! I needed that today! Baby #4 isn’t winning any prizes for sleeping and I’m TIRED! Thanks for the encouragement. It all does seem to go unnoticed sometimes…

  7. Needed this today. Thanks! 🙂

  8. I am one of “those” 26.2 sticker guys that you are speaking about and in fact am doing it again in two weeks. My wife sent me your link and showed me these and I needed to comment. I LOVE IT! I love being married to my wife of 16 years with 3 sons who is an amazing women and to this day is still my hot wife despite all the imperfections we both have. I am happy to read what you posted and believe there are many great moms in the sense that they will never be recognized in the world for these great daily deeds, but only in the quiet moments of home, where real love and successes are felt and taught. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing. I will be one more husband who will still “proudly” keep my 26.2 on my car, yet wear acknowledge your great stickers on my heart and words of how amazing my wife is everyday vs. my one day of success of running!

  9. LOVE your bumper stickers! Thank you so much for the encouragement. Motherhood truly is a marathon – an ultra marathon!

  10. I remember when I was pregnant with my first that this “Mom thing” would be a picnic. I mean I was a kindergarten teacher, trained in all the development of a child’s brain from birth to 3rd grade. Boy was I wrong! I remember when Braden was only about 2 months old, sitting in bed crying as I held him telling God he would be better if I wasn’t here, that Jeff could find him a better Mommy then me. Over the past 7.5 years I have struggled numerous times over not feeling I was enough but always try to remember that falling short is better then not trying at all.

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