Celebrating Motherhood {#WholeMama}

Celebrate. This is the last topic for the #WholeMama link up. This link-up has been a beautiful community of writers. It has also been a place that challenges each of us, thereby creating true and lasting growth. For all #WholeMama has been, I am sincerely thankful.

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Oftentimes, I find myself mourning the end of a season, a friendship, or a community. I know and understand that there are times for things and a time for you to continue growing outside of the comfort that has been created. But I cannot help to look back and remember. Instead of celebrating as I remember, I mourn. 

Today I am choosing to celebrate with #WholeMama. I am choosing to remember and celebrate the growth I saw and the topics I thought upon. Today, I am choosing to celebrate {Whole Motherhood.}

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Power. Quiet. Mess. Prayer. Space. Ordinary. Laughter. Celebrate.

As I sit and re-read these eight words I am in awe. I cannot help but sit here in silence and cry. Silent tears that express a knowing, an understanding deep within my soul.  These are tears that speak of a desire to be known and here, in this space, have been heard and understood. These are tears of {Whole Motherhood.}

These are tears of strength and of bravery. They are beautiful and precious. Yet, they are ordinary; tears cried in the mess of the day, or rather, in the mess of my heart. These tears are celebrating wholeness in the midst of brokenness. These are tears that are followed, not by mourning, but with laughter and thanksgiving. They are {Whole Motherhood.}

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Power. Quiet. Mess. Prayer. Space. Ordinary. Laughter. Celebrate. 

It is striking the way these words intermingle and seemingly counteract one another. Power juxtaposed with ordinary. Laughter connected to quiet.Yet, when viewed through the lens of {Whole Motherhood}, they make sense. Even more, when viewed through the lens of {Whole Motherhood} their relationship to one another is natural.

So often, motherhood is seen as a task, a job that receives no recognition. Motherhood is seen as ordinary. And it is. There isn’t anything glamorous about motherhood. But there is power in the ordinary. It is in each of these ordinary moments that our children see love played out. The ordinary of {Whole Motherhood} works to shape and grow our children. The ordinary of {Whole Motherhood} grows each and every one of us.

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And that is true power. {Whole Motherhood} has the power to affect lives. The deep caring for another person in motherhood, makes us strong. Yet, without the One, our strength is empty and messy. Without our Creator, our power is backed by fear and frustration. And so, {Whole Motherhood} seeks prayer with power. {Whole Motherhood} knows that she is not enough and runs to the only One who is.

Though her days may be loud and messy, {Whole Motherhood} finds the quiet and the space to be. {Whole Motherhood} knows that it is in those quiet moments that peace is found. She knows that though the world around her may be loud, she can find peace in His still, small voice. {Whole Motherhood} finds space to grow, even when it seems difficult. {Whole Motherhood} flourishes in spite of the mess, or rather, {Whole Motherhood} flourishes because of the mess.

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{Whole Motherhood} sees the mess and knows it to be ordinary. She sees the physical mess and understands it to be more. {Whole Motherhood} prays over the ordinary and the mess. And then, she celebrates. {Whole Motherhood} finds it easy to laugh with those she loves. She understands joy and has found Him. She needn’t worry over the mess, for she knows the One who holds it all. So she celebrates this beautiful life, even with it’s messy and hard parts. {Whole Motherhood} celebrates.

And it all reminds me of Proverbs 31:10-31.

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her…She does him good…and works with willing hands. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household…She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong…Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow…Strength and dignity are her clothing,and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

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Want to read more about #WholeMama? Here are my other #WholeMama posts:
Power to Flourish
Intentional Quiet
Embracing the Mess of Me
Musings From the Sky: Thoughts on Prayer
Finding the Balance: Space & Community
Seeing Small: Embracing the Ordinary Moments
Laughter, Mom, & Poop

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27 thoughts on “Celebrating Motherhood {#WholeMama}

  1. Yes, yes! Maybe it’s summer, maybe it’s the past few weeks with #wholemama thoughts but the power of the ordinary has been in my heart too. Thanks for capturing it.

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  2. Ashley, I love how you took all the themes for the summer linkup and wove them together into a beautiful description of what #wholemama truly is. I loved looking at your pictures and felt joy as I read your words. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. “There isn’t anything glamorous about motherhood. But there is power in the ordinary.” YES! I love a transparent post and I’m so sad that I missed this series! I believe that God reveals His purpose for our lives through our reflection and transparency. Awesome post!

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