In her Bible study Mom Set Free, Jeannie Cunnion tells a story about a conversation she had with a friend who was a discouraged new mom. Jeannie’s friend asked her to share with her what she would tell herself when she was the mother of a toddler with another one on the way. This is what she said.
“Parenting is really hard. There’s going to be days when you wake up and you just want to pull the covers up over your head and stay in bed because you don’t feel like you have the emotional, physical, or mental strength to put your feet on the floor and face the demands of the day.”
“You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes, and you’re going to need do-overs. A lot of do-overs.”
“This parenting thing is so beautiful, and it is so wonderful. It is such a gift….but it’s also hard, and overwhelming, and sometimes it’s downright scary.”
“On the days when you don’t feel like you’re enough, hold on tight to the truth that you have a Savior, an all-sufficient Savior, who is enough. He is more than enough. And what is hard for us is not hard for him, so run to Him and rely on Him.”