This year will be different. This year I will stick with my resolution. This year will be the year for change!
We have all said it. Some of us have actually followed through, but most of us have not. Resolutions are made with the best of intentions and strongest of convictions. So what is it that makes them so darn hard to follow through on?
This year I have decided to change my attitude about resolutions. This year I am making a mommy resolution!
The Mommy Resolution – A Unique Look at a Tired Tradition
Unlike years past, this resolution doesn’t have much to do with running a marathon or losing 100 lbs. No carb fasting or promises of never tasting a soda again. This mommy resolution is about something more important. It’s about becoming the mom God created me to be.
Being a mom is hard. It just is. Everything about motherhood is just . . . well its exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom and it is one of the biggest blessings of my life – but I am tired. I scroll through my Facebook feed every day and see so many moms doing awesome things with their kids. I think to myself, “I should totally do that!” And yet, there simply isn’t enough energy or time in my day to get the necessities done, much less that plaster hand print painting Sally just did.
It doesn’t take much to start feeling like a sub-par mom, does it? The constant struggle of comparison and guilt screams at us around every hand-lettered corner. Each December the ads for weight loss, healthy eating, decluttering, and home organization start luring us into the idea that we need to make a big resolution come January 1.
What is a Mommy Resolution?
I’m calling my resolution this year my “mommy resolution”. It is different from years prior because it isn’t the result of a guilty conscious or a need to measure up to someone else’s standards.
One day at a time. Maybe even one moment at a time. It is forgiving myself for past mistakes and failures, and pledging to allow myself the grace to make those same mistakes over again. Because we have already agreed; being a mom is hard.
My resolution for 2017 is to wake up each morning with a fresh, clean plate. What happened the day before will no longer weigh me down.
- I’m not going to overwhelm myself with worries of things that may or may not happen years down the road.
- I’m going to treasure today, because I am not promised tomorrow.
- I’m going to do my best to take the steps I need to take to be healthy and happy for my family.
Because not only are they worth it,
but so am I.
My mommy resolution may look entirely different than yours. The point I hope you will consider, is to take a fresh look at life through the lenses of God. What is important to Him? Are those the same things that are important to you?
For me, 2017 will be about becoming a mom that is well – not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. It will be a process that will go far beyond this year. It won’t be quick or easy, but it is what God has been revealing to me in this season of my life. The freeing thing about this mommy resolution, is that it doesn’t have anything to do with anyone else. It’s about me and God. There is no social standard I am comparing myself to. No right or wrong answers. Just listening to that small voice and working hard at obeying it in the small moments in my day.
Have you made a mommy resolution this January? If so, what is it?
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