Jamie joined the blogosphere kicking and screaming. It took a visionary husband with a gentle nudge and neon signs from One above to convince her to add her voice to the multitude. Incredibly God showed up and blessed her efforts.
Jamie writes at Steady Mom about intentional, professional motherhood and at Simple Homeschool about a living education at home. She is a mama to three cute children born on three separate continents.
Jamie is the author of two books: Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood and Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days. She likes writing about herself in the third person because she can make herself sound cooler than she really is.
I took large, quick steps, pushing a double stroller around my neighborhood’s block of rural homes. The hot Texan sun blared down, but I hardly noticed. I was too absorbed in my own thoughts–and they weren’t happy ones.
“I can’t do this, God!” rattled my inner voice. My biological son Jonathan, 15-months-old at the time, had recently taken his first steps. Our eight-month-old, Elijah, had joined our family from Liberia, West Africa just two months before.
These babies adored me and wanted Mama at all times. That was the problem–there were two of them, one of me. The lies in my head taunted that I was far from equal to the task ahead.
When I arrived home I emailed a friend. “The boys think I’m the most amazing person in the world now, but one day they’ll find out I’m a big fraud.”
She wrote back, assuring me that motherhood did not require perfection as a prerequisite. That grace, love, and dependence on One far more capable was all that I needed.
She believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. And by speaking truth, my friend helped dispel the lies that had taken root in my thoughts.
At the time I didn’t recognize them as lies–isn’t it incredible how real those voices can seem? But in all honesty it was only my imagination that made me miserable that day. I chose to nurture worry instead of truth.
Back then I didn’t realize I had any control over my thoughts. I thank God for motherhood because it made me reach the end of myself.
God used my vulnerability to bring me to new levels of joy.
The discovery I began on that day seven years ago inspired me to write my latest e-book, Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days. It represents a journey that has led me, not to perfection, but to greater freedom. The freedom that God wants to offer us as we follow Him.
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For today, let’s start by getting honest and completing this sentence:
“I tend to worry about ______, but what God wants me to do instead is ______.”
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My answer? I tend to worry about how my imperfections will affect my kids, but what God wants me to do instead is to trust. believe. and enjoy!
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