Monday, May 9, 2016

Note to Young Moms

Several weeks ago, I was asked to record a video message for our church on Mother's Day. The average age of our church is 31, so I wrote a message for young moms

I was a young mom once ... with huge glasses. (oh, the 80's)

This is what I shared ...

"Happy Mother's Day to all you moms, whose adorable children we see running around these 
buildings, we call Park Community Church.

I suspect that these are not easy days to be a mother.

First, you are in the city, away from your own moms, sisters, aunts and grandmas. It can get very lonely.

Second, you have the always present internet, telling you so many opinionated messages about how you should parent.

Should you breast feed or bottle feed? Sleep train or co-sleep? Do you have the right pre-school, the right stroller, the right diaper, the right baby food?

We have hot topics like immunizations and working moms and lighter topics like ... should I really spend $25 on a giraffe teething toy, named Sophie?

Even your child's first birthday party must include expensive ideas you found on pinterest and be instagram worthy. And the plot just thickens as your kids get older.

My heart goes out to you sweet young moms. That is a lot of pressure and stress. It is easy to forget God's grace.

My favorite quote on parenting came from an airline magazine, I found in the seat pocket when I was flying, years ago. As a young mom, I copied it into my journal.

          'There is no way to be a perfect mom,
          but there are a hundred ways to be a
          good one.'

This is so opposite of what our culture tells us ... there is NOT only one correct way to parent and we do not all have to look and act alike.

Today, I want to take my 34 years of experience as a mom to give you permission, with Jesus help', to just be yourself. It takes time to discover and learn what works for you and your family. Try different things until you find what you like. Do not compare yourself to others and do have lots of fun along the way.

God deeply cares about you as a mom, and as James reminds us, God will give us wisdom when we ask for it. Can I encourage you to ask often?

It is my prayer today that God brings you great joy and freedom as you daily raise the children He has given you.

From all of us at Park, we appreciate you, we salute you, we hope you get a nap this afternoon and we wish you a very Happy Mother's Day."
     
            

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful words! I so wish I had heard them a long time ago when I was a young mom. But I had a Godly mother as an example and I followed what I felt God whisper through others. Belated Happy Mother's Day, dear friend! You are a treasure. I'd love to have seen you on the big screen!
    ~Adrienne~

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  2. Thank you, Glenda. As a young mom, I truly appreciate your words, thoughts and advice.

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  3. Thank you, Glenda. As a young mom, I truly appreciate your words, thoughts and advice.

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  4. So, so true. We have had our son and DIL come up with some odd 'parenting' ideas. Sadly, they have excluded us in spending time with our granddaughter. At the risk of insulting them we've gently tried to tell them that this 'new wave' sort of thinking is crazy. Some things shouldn't change.

    Jane

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  5. One comment on the glasses-you've become much more adorable with age...haven't we all? (Don't get me started on 80's perms..)

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  6. One comment on the glasses-you've become much more adorable with age...haven't we all? (Don't get me started on 80's perms..)

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