Lately, I’ve been trying to do bible studies in my quiet time that center around motherhood. Whether online through the YouVersion app (“Overwhelmed by my Blessings” is excellent) or offline, I shoot for studies that have questions which make me think at the end of each section.
I recently stumbled upon Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood by Jamie Sumner, and I am loving how she shares her struggle leading up to becoming a mom and beyond. Jamie takes her story and weaves in women from the Old and New Testaments who had their own struggles. I’m only halfway in, but I’m loving the questions that she has at the end of each chapter because they really make me think.
The last question from today’s chapter was about how I can use my experience to help others “redefine their experience[s] and find hope”. Have you ever thought back on your toughest seasons of life? What about what you learned during those times?
As I’ve shared previously, Bob and I experienced two consecutive miscarriages prior to P joining our family. Maybe you have had that same experience. Maybe you have or are continuing to have difficulty getting pregnant. Maybe, like me, motherhood isn’t all you thought it was going to be.
What did you learn from that season? What are you learning now?
I know I learned that God’s timing is better than my own. I think back to a failed engagement to the person whom I thought was “the one”. Boy, am I ever so grateful God allowed a broken heart so that I could end up finding Bob. I learned that God used my miscarriages to bring Bob and I closer together as well as allowing me to encourage other women who may be struggling with starting a family That’s why I started this blog in the first place. And it’s why I launched my Etsy shop, Four:Six Designs; because I want to encourage women. Specifically stay-at-home moms, moms-in-waiting, and seasoned moms.
I truly believe that God’s plan is better than our own. And His timing is better than ours. So, in the words of Jamie Sumner, I ask: how can you use your experience(s) to encourage others?