|My son Benaiah...he has the best smile!|
Motherhood, just like marriage some of us can't wait for the day. Then it arrives and the responsibilities arrive too. My second child will be ONE in two weeks (I know
it has been close to 18months since my last post and I have another baby) and I am amazed I made it! I am alive and breathing. Lol... But seriously...I know we all have different children and our experiences through transition and adapting are different. I just know for me the transition to two was hard. I remember telling myself over and over, this is just a season. I would even look back at my daughters baby pictures to try and encourage myself that it gets better. (It really did help) :)
All that to say, sometimes we feel like our situations can feel endless. Our hope fades and we gloom in the shadow of our pity. But...IT WILL get better.
In 2012 I came to a place where HOPE was my best friend. I am not going to write about all my difficult stories that I had to deal with, but I will say this, 2012 was a place where I had to make a decision. Would I hold onto hopelessness, worry, anxiety, defeat... Or would I see HOPE. That I always have the victory! I can change my atmosphere...I can choose to see good!
I am telling you what, having a newborn with a two year old running around like a crazy animal that makes you wonder what happened to my innocent child!? Or going through any difficult situation or transition in life where you can't find hope sure does make the days seem LONG!
I know we can always get through things....eventually. But what if in every life shaking situation we held onto HOPE? I think we would grasp an opportunity to stand taller. Become stronger. To encourage others through their situations. Most importantly to feel FREE!
As I am writing this, those first couple months of transition to two kids is not all I am talking about. As hard as that might have been for me, I am beyond that. I am talking about a place where life shakes you to the core and all you have inside of you is too look up and say, "God, I always look to you, but right now, I need you in this
moment more then I have ever needed you!"
I was there....in that place. Guess how He answered me?
He told me who I was. What He has given me and that I can change my emotions and atmosphere by trusting and leaning on that fact that He is for me! He
wants me to succeed! He wants me to live in victory...always!
|My daughter Hannah and I....enjoying life!|
HOPE had risen!
A warrior inside of me was drawn out when I stood in hope.
Romans 15:13 AMP
"May the God of your HOPE so fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with HOPE."
I had never felt more secure in my Heavenly Father than in that moment. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I saw His hand holding mine.
We have such an amazing God that would send His son to die for us. Not just for eternity in heaven with him, but for us to demonstrate on this earth a hope, a freedom... Victory that only comes by Him.
That is the hope I learned in 2012. That is the hope that I will carry through 2013. That is the Hope I want you to have!
|My two beautiful babies.|
I pray that every mother not only finds His hope in what feels like those endless nights holding a crying baby. But that in those moments and through any situation that seems overwhelming, you find His HOPE that brings you further into that place of who He has made you to be. A powerful tower that cannot be shaken. Because HOPE has risen!
Conquering this world through Christ and leading my little's into Victory with me....
|My favorite people in my life...My handsome husband and two children that bless me so much!|