Monday, February 15, 2010

Since I became a mom...

Being pregnant and then becoming a mother is something that people try to tell you about, but it is one of those things that you will never fully understand until you have been through it. I have a whole new appreciation and sense of excitement for people who are moms now - especially my own mom.

A few things I have learned since having my daughter:

1) When my baby girl was firstborn, she used to cry when there seemed to be no reason. She had eaten, her diaper had been changed, I had burped her, she was getting some attention, and she had just had a nap. Many times, I could not figure out the problem. I realized that sometimes I am like that with God. I cry when things seem horrible to me, but HE knows I'm okay. Just as I did what I thought was best for Lilly (even if it meant she cried a little), God does what is best for me ( even if I cry a little).

2) When she comes to me, I try to give her what she asks for. When she raises her hands to be picked up, I pick her up. When she wants a drink, I give her a drink. God says when we come to HIM and ask - we shall receive. I think the focus on that verse is that we come to HIM.

3) I better understand the sacrifice that God made by sending his only son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I know that love I have for my daughter and I don't think there is anyway I could allow her to die for other people's shortcomings - especially people I don't care for too much.

4) Becoming a mom was a major adjustment for me, it took me a while to adapt to the change from school teacher to stay at home mom/wife. I went through periods of time, where I didn't think I could do it. God has shown me that right now my ministry is to my husband and daughter. That I am to care for them and keep up with the house. So, I praise God while I'm changing diapers and cleaning toilets because it is my reasonable sacrifice to HIM and because it is the way I am serving HIM at this point in my life. Recently, my husband asked if I wanted to go back to work and surprisingly my answer was no...I can't see myself doing anything else now. Of course, there are rough days but for the most part, I have such a sense of peace about my new "job." :)


  1. I sooo appreciate your number 4! I understand completely and I am so glad you have such a good outlook on the task God has given us both to minister to our children and husband! There is truly no greater task than this. Thanks, Emily! I may reference your blog on mine and esp. number 4. :)

  2. Emily,

    I got to spend a little more time today reading through your blog...what an awesome way to share your testimony!!

    Having kids definitely does change the way we think about things...thank you for putting it into words.