Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Greatest Power

Today for the #WholeMama linkup we are talking about superpowers, asking questions like “What's your superpower?” and “How do you live into empowered you?”

As I pondered these questions I began to think about the different aspects of motherhood. Most of us feel inadequate to the task as we begin the journey of raising children. Our bodies are stretched and pulled as we house a growing baby. When the time comes we summon all our strength and effort to birth these babies.

Being a mother is hard work.

Although thrilled with the new life that is placed into our hands, we are also very tired. The tiredness never seems to go away. Our weariness seems to get the best of us and we wonder if we will forget what it means to have a good night's rest. The word superpower isn't even part of our vocabulary at this point.

Where do we find the strength to keep going when all we want to do is sleep?

I find comfort in knowing that my children are close to the heart of God and that He gently guides us as we care for them.

Last night on Twitter, my daughter, Jamie, shared some thoughts about motherhood and she and I had this exchange:

Jamie: “Lately I've often felt like I've needed to be, specifically, Elastigirl. Motherhood never seems to stop stretching me.”

Me: “I think motherhood stretched me more than anything else.”

Jamie: “It's never really past tense, is it? Hehe”

Me: “You are so right! I love you.”

Now that she has children of her own, she understands more of the why behind some of my actions as her mother. She also understands that motherhood never really ends. Our children always needs us, just not in the same way they did when they were young.

I think all of us face the above challenge. 

There have been #WholeMama conversations on Twitter about wholeness and being broken. Each of us mothers have areas where we excel and others where we are weak and seek to be empowered. 

We have to face our weaknesses along with our strengths, accepting all as who we are, then move on with power. 

We must admit our brokenness and ask for help in order to be whole.

When we look to God for strength, accepting the fact that we can't do it all, some of those superpowers begin to reveal themselves.

Jamie also gave some ideas of what some of them might be: “peace, comfort, goodness, love, compassion, understanding, a listening ear, empathy, shalom,” and I also thought of baking, making comfort food and hospitality. 

About compassion she said that it is not just passive but can be “an act of reaching out, to give or to receive.” I think most mothers do have compassion. When our children have needs, we reach inside and pull up all the strength we can muster to meet that need, even when we are exhausted. We, in turn, receive compassion from others who fill in the gaps for us in our times of need.

I believe some of my “superpowers” are love, empathy, a listening ear, compassion and hospitality. 

That is not to say I have always been consistent in demonstrating them to my children or to others, but the desire has been there. I have always loved children and welcomed friends of my children into our home. 

Showing love to others is something I try to do, letting them know they are important. It's part of my nature to empathize with people, to try to see things from their perspective, and encourage them. It gives me joy to have people over and serve them good food.

It's kind of fun using our imaginations to think about Super Heroes and Super Powers. We know they are fantasy, but we somehow use those thoughts to boost our energies. We pretend along with our children and we all enjoy it while improving our attitudes. Sometimes that is all we need, but there are times when we need more. When that happens we need to remember that:

We have access to One greater than all the other superpowers. 

Our God, the Creator of the universe never tires. 

He is with us when we don't see or are exhausted. 

Even when we find belief hard, He still sustains us.

Don't forget to visit the #WholeMama linkup to see the variety of wisdom shared by some lovely women. I'm also linking this up with Stacey Thureen and #FindStability.

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