Just like you, I remember waking up on a rainy morning, grooming myself and starting a new routine that would become my normal, although to me it felt incredibly unnatural.
We packed our three-month-old son in the car and we headed to take me to work for the first time since I’d become a mother. I sat in the backseat and stared at my sweet baby boy the entire way. I tried to reconcile myself to the reality of only being able to look at his face through pictures on my phone. My tears fell with the same rhythm as the rain. We arrived at the office, I said my goodbyes, and as I took those brave but necessary steps out of the car, I asked the Lord as tears constantly refilled my eyes, “Please just let me ride the elevator by myself.” But He knew better than that. As I headed towards the office doors my sweetest and motherly co-worker Leslie came swiftly walking around the corner. She called out my name, “Kierra!” She was the one that God sent to comfort me through this very difficult day. She knew that I wasn’t okay, and she made me unashamed of my tears.
She was the one that God sent to comfort me through this very difficult day. She knew that I wasn’t okay, and she made me unashamed of my tears.
So my dearest Mommy-Friend, I’m here to be your Leslie. Even though you may have to fight through fountains of tears, everything is going to be okay. But for right now, if you have a right to cry your sweet tears.
Even though you may have to fight through fountains of tears, I’m here to let you know that everything is going to be okay.
In the past for months you have become something extraordinary, and you began living one of God’s greatest callings for your life. You became a mother. You carried a sweet baby in your womb and traded some of your body’s perfection for badges of motherhood.
But that was just the beginning, you labored to bring your sweet baby into the world. By faith you endured the rigors of childbirth, you overcame one of the most challenging task that a woman faces — and you were blessed. By God’s grace, you presented the baby to your husband and blessed him with the fruit of your womb.
And that’s not where it ends either, you brought your precious child home, you endured recovering from childbirth, allthewhile being sure that you gave your baby the best care and nurturing that you possibly could. You made sure that everything was done right, that he was warm at night, his cries were answered, and his belly was full with the best that you had to offer, you sacrificed your rest with out question. By now you’ve probably already thought about his first day of school, what he will look like as a young man, and dancing with him at his wedding.
You’ve become more than a mother. You have become a fighter, a protector, a nurturer, a force to be reckoned with, but all with feminine grace and honoring the God-given authority of your husband. You have tapped into the beginning of discovering all that God has designed a woman to be.
You’ve done and become all of this within three months.
But don’t get discourage my sweet friend, just because you are returning to work full time, that doesn’t mean that you are not a full-time mom. You are in fact a mother every hour of the day, whether you are with your child or away helping to provide for your family. No matter how insecure you may feel at times at the hours spent away, no one will ever replace you as his mother. YOU carried him, birth him, nurture him, it’s your milk that makes him grow, you’re the one that God chose to be his mother.
This is just a season, and we take so much comfort in knowing that seasons always change. Because you are helping your family in this manner, God will bless you. But keep trusting that God knows your heart’s desire. If you ultimately desire to stay at home with your child, wait on Him, work hard, and He’ll show you the way.
So as you return to the work force for this season, remember that soon you’ll be fine.
God’s grace will abound more and more… and you’ll adjust. When you miss your family and you if feel alone, remember that God is with you, and that He will ALWAYS be with you.
When you come home from work, cuddle your baby to your heart’s content,reconnect, and look into his dreamy eyes. I promise you that you’ll cherish these moments like you never had before. For now, the laundry may have to wait, and you’ll eventually find something to eat for dinner. Remember that it’s okay to feel like you need a break even when you feel like you’ve hardly been home. Guilt has no place in your life, especially when you’re confident that you’re giving your all.
So my friend, this is my encouragement to you… Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. He sees you on the hard days, and He will hold you while you cry and wipe your tears. He is the constant through every season of life, He will be your rock because you are His beloved.
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31: