Initiate Encouragement

It's been 20 months, give or take, since I've embarked on this journey of motherhood. My little girl will be ONE YEAR YOUNG (!) next month but this journey began when the two lines showed up on the pregnancy test. Well, actually, both home tests I did were inconclusive (ha!) but I still knew this little person was growing inside me.

This morning my sweet husband worked from home so I could go out by myself for a little. I hopped on my bike and rode to my favorite cafe in our city, located in the huge, beautiful park nearby.

I spent some time reading through the Psalms, sketching and reading a book (and eating a chocolate croissant with my coffee). During that time I felt God put several mom friends on my heart. I sent a quick text to say I'm thinking of them and praying for them.

I was humbled by their responses, with one mom saying my message was "a gift from heaven". I don't share this to brag but to shine a light on what a beautiful gift it is to encourage one another! You know you're not in it alone, but some days and seasons it sure feels like it.

In reading the book my husband gifted me for Mother's Day, "Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full," the author highlighted a verse that brought great perspective and joy for me as a mom:

God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
— II Corinthians 9:8

Woo! I love how this shows that GOD is the one who makes grace abound and it's through him that I am able to do the work before me today. Whether I'm weary, emotional, exhausted, or even joy-filled, enthusiastic and energized, it is by him that I have the sufficiency for all things. It's never my own yearnings that bring this.

To the moms out there today, I just want to say you are doing GREAT! Whether or not you remembered to brush your teeth, or have oatmeal stuck to your face and covering your kitchen floor, or haven't had a shower for days, rest in knowing you are enough, you do enough and are exactly who your kiddos need because of Christ's sufficiency.

Take a minute to text another mom today and encourage them. Put the kids in the stroller and go for a walk. Say hi to that other mom and be the community for one another we all so desperately need.

Even if you're not a mom, take a minute to let someone know they are on your mind. Don't just wait for someone to reach out to you, take the step and initiate with others–you will both be richly rewarded.

Now, go encourage somebody and make their day!