This morning I woke up to my kids jumping into my bed. They woke up at 6:00 am (why can’t they wake up this early on a school day?). They were excited for Mother’s Day of course. And my heart delighted with my kids, my husband and I all snuggling in bed. Precious moments.
And then the day unfolded. “Stop poking your sister in the eye.” “Stop taking your brother’s toys.” “Please stop making that (annoying) noise.” “For the fifth time, go put on shoes for church.” “Mom, she poured juice all over the Mother’s Day presents I was going to give you!” Tears, tantrums, time-outs. All before 8:30 am. I said to my husband, “Maybe next year on Mother’s Day I should spend the day alone, a nice quiet day to myself.” To which he replied (with a smile in his eyes): “I think Mother’s Day means you are supposed to spend the whole day with your kids.”
And then I remembered: this is what I had always prayed for. A godly husband and a house full of kids. Warts and all. Roller coaster ride that it is.
Being a mom calls for bravery. Being a stepmom calls for some serious super powers.
These days my step kids are all young adults and out of the house. But I remember those days when Mother’s Day wasn’t so easy and fun-loving. I remember those daily struggles as a Stepmom. Parenting someone else’s kids who never asked for this situation, who never asked for two houses, two set of rules, four parents, and gobs of half-sibs and step-siblings. They could be prickly, and probably had every right to be.
Thankfully we can rely on Him for direction.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Today I am thankful that God tells us to be brave and strong and to trust Him. Mothers and stepmoms sure need that encouragement! He works all things for good (even when we cannot see His plan quiet yet). (Romans 8:28)
What are you thankful for, you super hero Stepmom?