Strong & Courageous.

Today, my four year old told me she wanted a bra.

A BRA.

I was taken aback and thought to myself “is that what she really wanted for school?” and then she followed up with “like my sister!”.

Overalls. Avery wants OVERALLS.

That doesn’t have anything to do with this post, I just thought you all may enjoy it.

Okay, back to the message. As I see all the “meet the teacher” posts, I cannot help but let my eyes fill with tears of joy. All these kiddos I’ve seen (in real life and online) grow up and are now venturing into the big kid world. They’re learning all new things, being without their mama’s who knows what is best for them, and making friends we may or may not approve of in their high school years, but isn’t that so great? That we get to watch them grow, learn, and excel in life. Man, God is good.

Although it is an exciting and joyful time, I know it is not all happy. It is scary. We are handing our babies to strangers and entrusting them to do what is best for them in our absence. Yikes. As you feel weak and helpless, remember who is in our corner. You are strong mama. You are courageous.

Did I do enough for them? Are they ready for school? Did I fail them before they’ve even begun? Will they be able to button their pants? Eat lunch in the small time frame given? Answer questions appropriately when asked? Or more importantly will they tell everyone that my sink is full of dishes? That I am binge watching Netflix?

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

He is with us, he is with our children.

Life feels incredibly overwhelming sometimes and we don’t know which was is up, but as you put the kids to bed tonight and spend your “thirtyminutesinsilencebeforebed”, remember you are doing an amazing job. You are providing a life for your kiddos and you are enough. Speak that over your life. Speak that over your kids. Speak it over your children’s teachers. Be strong and courageous.

You are enough mama and you’ve done enough. Those babies are loved and cared for and they are destined to succeed. There may be pain in the night, but joy will come in the morning.

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