Saturday, July 12, 2014

Becoming A Mother & Facing New Changes

When Sean and I got married last August, we knew we wanted children and were open to whenever that came along. After six months of marriage, I had stopped wondering when it was going to happen and totally stopped thinking about it. So when it DID happen, we were shocked but praised the Lord for the gift of life He placed inside me!

I'm young - only 19 - and both marriage and motherhood are happening for me at an age when most girls are in college, starting internships, or studying abroad. Even though I know full well that marriage & motherhood at a young age was exactly what God had best planned for me, the lies of the culture around me still creep in...

It whispers, "you're wasting your life".

It mocks, "you're not ready for this."

It degrades, "there's other women who would have done better at this than you."

It lies, "you're weak, God isn't strong enough to hold you."

So often I fall into the temptation to believe these lies and I grow disheartened:

Oh my goodness! I'm having a baby! Nothing's going to be the same again! I can't handle these changes! God, surly you could have chosen someone else for this task of motherhood. I'm clearly not cut-out for this.

I choose to fret instead of looking at my growing belly with overwhelming joy. I choose to feel regret instead of peace in holding my husband's strong hand. I choose to worry about the disapproving looks of others who scoff and think I'm too young - instead of rejoicing that the Lord is sanctifying me in such a unique way! I dwell on the opportunities I won't have instead of noticing all the open doors that a life of stay-at-home motherhood is going to offer me.

Do you see how easy it is to view a change in circumstances, such as impending motherhood, as a threat to the comfortable life you've grown accustomed to? As Christian women, we ought to see these changes as a sign that the Lord loves us and loves to teach us new things!

God desires to be glorified in our lives...but how can he be glorified if we fret and worry over what He calls blessings? Over what He calls good things? May we view changes such as these with JOY and run after them with reckless abandon!

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