How to Win the Motherhood Race

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I was finished with an insane schedule of weekend events on top of my full-time job. I decided to take a week off to rest before my first baby arrived. I ate breakfast and decided to calmly read a magazine by the window. Before I read my first article my water broke and the race started. 3 years and almost 3 babies later, I haven't stopped running yet.
Motherhood can be a race. Against time, against our own insecurities and fears. I have also learned that it can be a beautiful race towards God. He's always there. He knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb, He knew what kind of birth you'd have, He knew how tough this season can be, that's why He provides oasis along the way for you and I. 
I confess I got lost in the middle of hormone imbalance, lack of sleep and little breast milk. Where was God in the midst of my new reality of life? I found out He was always there, gently guiding and leading me as a Good Shepherd does. 
One of the greatest revelations I've had during my Motherhood race is found in Isaiah 40:11:
"He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will gather the lambs in His arms and carry them close to His heart. He will be gentle in leading those that are with young." (NLV) 
Other versions of the Bible say "He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young" (NLT) and "He gently leads those that are nursing (HCSB)."
Motherhood does not have to be a spiritual desert. It was never meant to be that way. Motherhood is a season to be gently guided by God (remember Isaiah 40:11) to green pastures.
I am a firm believer that this race is not meant to be ran alone. You have a lot of earthly help but you will have to overcome your fear of asking for help. It's extremely difficult to struggle for weeks and hope someone will guess you need help (be sure to read my article if you're in this situation). God has an oasis for you so please be open.
As we accept God's leadership in this season, we find all the nurture we need. It's impossible to give what you don't have my friend. Are you struggling to win your race today? I encourage you to slow down and look for the nearest oasis. God will gently lead you there and that's a fact.