I have watched you these past few years as you entered the world of motherhood. I know this was a huge transition for you, and I know it isn't easy. You are so critical of yourself.....so worried that you'll get it wrong. Don't fret, precious one. Listen to me: There are 3 truths I want you to cling to on this journey of motherhood.
1. I gave you this child
This child is mine. I am entrusting him to you. You asked me for this, remember? I do. It was in my plan all along for this child to be placed in your care - I was just waiting for the appointed time to come. This was no accident. You were specifically designed and created to carry and parent this child, just as he was specially made to be with you. Even when you struggle, and doubt yourself, know this......there is no one who would make a better mother for this child, than you.
2. I am with you, always.
I know the day-in, day-out routine of changing diapers and cleaning up spilled juice and scrubbing crayon off the walls can make you feel like you're secluded, but hear me when I tell you this: You are not alone, beloved. I am always with you. I was with you when you prayed for this child. I was with you when you birthed this child. I was with you when he took his first steps and said his first word. I rejoiced with you when he laughed for the first time. I've seen you struggle.....seen what you call your "good days" and "bad days." But, my child......I created those days. Every single one of them. And because I created them, they were all good....some days just have more challenges than others. I was with you when you faced those challenges, and I am with you still......I always will be. Always.
3. What you do for this child, you do for me.
I know being a mother is hard. I watched Mary with my son, Jesus. She had her struggles too. Mothering has never been easy work, but it has always been honorable work. I made you for this - it is my will - and what you do for your son, you do for me. Cutting his grapes in half so he doesn't choke. Watching his chest rise and fall as he sleeps. Even when you are doing something you find mundane, I see you. The many "little" things you do....the sacrifices you make....are not little to me. And the things you find ordinary, you are doing out of extraordinary love - it's a small representation of my perfect and infinite love for you. I love you so very much. I want you to enjoy this season of the life I have planned for you. Don't try to do it alone - let me help you. Remember, I'm just a whisper away. I'm always here to help you....to guide you....to strengthen you - you need only ask.
I know you want the best for this child that I've committed to you, and that you are constantly self-evaluating yourself as a mother.
But, dear one.....the only opinion of you that matters is mine,
and I say.....you are enough.
You are enough because you are covered by my grace. And my grace is sufficient for you. It rests on you. It is all you need. You will make mistakes, but that doesn't make you a bad mother - it makes you a learning mother. Sometimes, the best way to teach a lesson, is to allow a mistake to happen. Even then, I am with you....loving you.....rooting for you.....sustaining you.
So, carry on, mom. We will walk this road together. I, your Father, and you, my child.