Monday, February 9, 2015

A Powerful Role

JaiseAnn had an appointment with a dermatologist last week. The woman she sees was two months away from having her first---also a little girl--when we last saw her. Before we left her appointment that last time I told her that it was going to be the most incredible thing she'd ever experienced. "No one can prepare you for how amazing it all is." I told her. I concluded with, "I'm so excited for you!"

When we went to her appointment last week I almost couldn't wait to hear about her doctor's life as a mom. When she walked into the room we greeted and then I immediately started in. We talked about how much fun motherhood is, how hard it can be, and all of that in between stuff--how much it took us by surprise and how much we see ourselves changing every day. I left that appointment feeling like I just left a good get together with a friend.

This isn't the first time this has happened. I have connected with ladies in line at Target, families out at a restaurant, and women at church. I have especially made some true connections with ladies I've met through blogging. And all because of motherhood.

I've found in such a short time that motherhood has a great power within it. Yes, it is a power to create and nurture little lives. It is a power to raise and teach little hearts and minds. And that power is incredible. But there's even more.

Motherhood allows us to connect with, care for, and even understand a little about strangers, friends, and enemies.

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Motherhood has the power to create friendships and destroy grudges. It has the power to heal hurt feelings and mend broken bridges. 

I know. I have seen it happen in my own life in a very short time. I have witnessed firsthand what it is like to see relationships blossom and flourish or repair itself and begin to grow. 


There's something powerful in motherhood. If you allow it--it will allow you to let your guard down and be real. We all worry, we all question, we all struggle, and we all love more than our hearts sometimes feel like they can hold.

And we are the only people who know those feelings and understand them. It is truly impossible until you've been there. Until you've been so exhausted you can't see straight. Until you're saying prayers for guidance. Until you've got a sick baby and you have no idea what's hurting her. Until your body is just so exhausted you don't know how you'll get through the day--or night. Until you cry over the first smiles and every giggle. Until children's books speak as much truth to you as scripture. Until you anticipate the end of each stage with the mixed emotions of excitement and sadness. Until you make a million sacrifices--be they financial, physical, emotional, mental, order for your child to be safe, happy, and healthy. Until the future feels so bright and exciting and at the same time overwhelming. Until you feel like you've entered a new world and you get to watch it unfold every day through brand new eyes. Until you've experienced a happiness you didn't know existed.

Only mother's know. There's something that happens to our hearts and it can make you feel incredibly connected to other mom's. There is great power in motherhood.

"Motherhood was the great equalizer for me; I started to identify with a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life."--Annie Lennox

What kinds of miracles have you seen happen with motherhood? Did you notice your relationships change with other moms or people in general after you became a mom?

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