One verse that has been such an amazing testament in my life these past few months has been Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw of everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
To know that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses that have run this motherhood race before me is so encouraging and inspiring.
In our isolation is exactly where the enemy wants us.
When we are isolated, all we will hear is the enemies lies and our own fears and doubts.
When we are isolated, there is no one around to pick us up, encourage us and speak life to us.
We have to learn to depend on other mothers and run this race together.
6 ways to surround yourself with Godly Mothers
1. Read about other mothers in the Bible.
From Eve to Mary, there are so many mothers and women in the bible who we can emulate, learn from and become inspired by.
2. Find an older mom who has walked the walk you are on.
She may be a little older or a lot older, that doesn’t matter, but find someone who you can go to when you feel a little lost or sad or crazy. They may not have the answers, but many times, just knowing that there is hope is all you need.
3. Surround yourself with friends who are running with you.
Go out for coffee and laugh about all the crazy, beautiful things your kids are doing. Laughter is good medicine for the soul.
4. Ask for help.
You weren’t called to do this mom thing alone. It’s O.K.to ask for help.
If you need a day off, get a babysitter.
If you are overwhelmed with housework, get a maid if possible, or maybe just once to help you at least get a head start on the cleaning.
If the laundry monster is beating you up, call a laundry service and they will pick it up, fold it and bring it back! Hallelujah!
And since you’ll have all this extra time cause your house is clean and your clothes are washed, call a friend and go to lunch!
5. Call your mom or grandmother. Call you step mom, mother in law, aunt, sister.
When you need something or someone, call the moms in your life that you are closest to.
It’s ok to need them. It’s ok to ask of them.
I know family relationships can be hard.
I know many of you may not have the kind of relationship that you desire to have with your mothers or other women in you family.
Build a bridge. Break down the walls. Be vulnerable…it’s hard, but it keeps you dependent on God.
6. Be helpful to the other moms around you, whether at the grocery store or the chick-fil-A or wherever you are.
To that mom who is pregnant and carrying a toddler, be encouraging and tell her she is awesome and has such a well behaved kid.
To the mom in the grocery store who’s kid is about to lose it, let her checkout before you.
To the mom who is carrying 4 happy meals with 4 drinks, 10 ketchup’s, her baby wrapped on her, her toddler holding her skirt and her other two running in the play place and letting the door close behind them…open the door for her! Get some extra napkins and straws…We’ve all been there!
I know the few times moms have helped me or said an encouraging word has been a life saver, especially in moments of weariness and tired.
We must strive for solidarity in Motherhood.
We are all in this together.
We are all trying to raise our kids as best as we know how.