We finally spent some time at the beach yesterday. The wind was bearable and it was a beautiful day. We loaded our wagon with a couple of beach chairs and our cooler with a couple of drinks and snacks. I brought my big beach bag with some towels, sunscreen and a book.
We walked down to the beach, set up our chairs and the kids took off into the ocean.
I couldn’t help but sit and reminisce about our past years at HHI. The first time we came, Mackenzie was only five months old. Oh my goodness at the stuff we needed to pack before heading to the beach. From diapers to bottles and formula, snacks, a change of clothes for the baby. The jogging stroller you have to push through the sand, a tent, chairs, sand toys and a cooler….you get my drift. So. Much. Stuff. I was exhausted before we even made it out the door.
I sat there holding my book and watched my kiddos play in the ocean and build sand castles. It made me think of the saying, “the days are long but the years are short.”
When we are deep into the baby years of motherhood this saying doesn’t seem true. All we focus on are the long days and oh how long those days are. Diaper changes, feedings, teething babies, the terrible threes, potty training. We are always trying to remember when the last time we showered was and if we even brushed our teeth that day.
We are exhausted both physically and mentally. Not to mention the mamas working outside the home. Praise you mamas. When we are at home still in our pajamas you are working it in the career world. All us moms, we work so hard. We are stay at home moms, work from home moms, work outside of the home moms. It doesn’t matter what we do I think we can all agree that being a mom is exhausting.
But with the hard days come the good days. The moment our little one holds their head up on their own, takes their first steps, says mommy or daddy. So many wonderful milestones that make those long days worth every minute. A sweet embrace, kiss on the check and a “I love you mommy” is enough to forget how rough the day was.
As I sat there and watched my kids play, I began thinking towards the future. Life will be so different then. As we approach the teenage years (help us Lord), I know life will once again change.
So many seasons of life, each different, but perfect. Each season is meant to mold us and make us into the moms we are today. And today’s season will do the same for the future seasons.
With every season there are new hardships, challenges, frustrations. But there are also those beautiful moments filled with love and memories.
I began to thank God for his sweet grace as I sat there on the beach. So many times I’ve messed up, wondered if I was doing this mom thing right, yelled at my kids for no reason or had a nasty attitude. But today was a sweet reminder that I am doing my best and my best is enough.
A friend of mind recently shared that she had a hard mom day and it reminded me of God’s word that I would repeat almost daily through those hard momma years,
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23
Oh sweet friend. Momma out there having a hard day. Give yourself some grace. Take a deep breath in and release. Look at those sweet babies the Lord has given you and take a moment to thank God that His mercies are new every morning. He loves you and He is right there with you. Through every diaper blowout, temper tantrum, talk backing, whining and rude attitudes. He is there. Giving us grace.
Rest in Him. Take all thoughts captive to Him. Don’t live life full of regrets and wish I would’ve moments. Embrace every moment, every season. Because no matter what season you find yourself in, His mercies are new every morning.
You are doing a wonderful job.