For Day 3 of our #MotherhoodSeries, I would like to introduce you to Elexis Robertson. Elexis is the wife to Taylor and mom to her boys, Bentley (4) and Nash (1). They reside in Florida where they are faithfully serving the Lord as Taylor is a pastor and church planter. Elexis stays busy chasing her cute boys around throughout the day as well as doing part time photography.
I could tell all the great things about motherhood like how God called me to be a mom, about how much fun it is to stay at home with my boys, and all the joys this “job” brings me.
But I’ve read all those blogs and this is not one of those articles.
Being a mom is hard. Hands down. Period. End of story. Now that we all agree let me be honest….it really doesn’t get easier. “Veterans” may tell you things like “it’s a phase” or “they’ll grow out of it”. Ladies, let me tell you with two boys turning 4 & 1 this month I can assure you that the only thing they grow out of is their clothes! As a mother you will learn from your mistakes and you will learn choose your battles carefully. (Pjs to Target every once in a while is totally acceptable in my book!)
As a mom I yell far too often, lose my patience, and feel like I am going to pull my hair out daily. I feel like the walls are caving in some days and I may just lose my fruit loops if I have to hear the Veggie Tales theme song one more time. Is anyone else there? Can I get an amen?!
What I am trying to say is I fail at motherhood. The one thing I was so ecstatic to become. The thing that I dreamt of most of my life. And the thing God called me to… I fail at daily.
I fail my children when I am more concerned with competing in motherhood than focusing on why I mother. I mother to lead my children to the feet of Jesus. I mother to make sure my children know they are loved. I mother to ensure that they are happy and healthy. And I mother to help them reach their full potential. I have no problem admitting that I struggle in motherhood because God’s Word tells me a promise about my struggles.
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul speaks about a thorn in his flesh that he begs to be removed. It’s something that keeps him humble, something to make him so self-conscious that he asks 3 times. And each time Jesus said “my grace is all you need my power works best in weakness”. Grace breaks down to God’s evident favor. I just love that! It keeps me grounded even on my worst days that He is for me and He is with me in each and every one of my struggles… Even in motherhood. Because motherhood is my weakness . If you continue on Paul states “I will boast in my weakness so that the power of Christ can work through me”. That is what I desire everyday when I wake up. For Christ’s power to work through my motherhood. Being a mother means I have been chosen to raise the next generation of Christ followers. I have the chance to raise my babies to be mighty men. And sadly it’s taken me 4 years and 2 kids to realize that being a mom has nothing to do with me. But it has everything to do with Him.