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Motherhood is one of the most consuming aspects of our lives. It’s a 24/7 job. We eat, sleep, and breathe our children. There is no clocking in or clocking out. There is no sleeping on the job. When there is a need, we meet it. When there is a boo-boo, we kiss it. When there is hunger, we feed it. It’s just what we as moms do. We wouldn’t think of doing anything different.
Sometimes in the consuming life of motherhood, we forget the parts of us that were before mom. The life within, the heart that beats for something more. That God given desire that is placed within to do something more with our lives. We don’t mean to forget, we just don’t have time for that part of us anymore. Who has time to dream when they barely have time to shower? Who has time to chase something that seems impossible when they’re already buried in mountains of impossible laundry and endless toddler tantrums?
Before we know it, we’ve buried those slivers of dreams within us as we chase our children. We ignore every thought to look back because motherhood is where we are. We love being a mom. Why do we need anything else?
Truth is mama, we do. Our dreams make us who we are. Motherhood is part of that dream, yes, but it isn’t the end. There are these hopes, these passions, this stirring deep within that wants to come out, it wants to be discovered. I understand that it seems impossible so it’s easier to leave inside, but it’s the steps you take today that will give life to that dream. Whether the dream is birthed over years, or it’s birthed in days, it deserves the eagerness to be discovered.
So how do we discover our dreams as mom?
We fuel what we are passionate about. Is there something that makes your heart skip a beat? Is there something that makes you want to shout in agreement? Is there something that moves your heart beyond explanation? That’s called passion, sweet friend, fuel it. If you’re passionate about reaching others through words, start writing. If you’re passionate about children, find a way to love on the children in your community. If you’re passionate about feeding the hungry, volunteer at a food bank. If you’re passionate about something, take the time to fuel that passion. Whether it’s five minutes a day or a couple hours a week. Don’t let it go unnoticed, it’s a part of you.
Take baby steps. Maybe you want to write a book, well start writing. You can’t write a book in one day, but you can write a little every day to start. Maybe you want to see the kids from broken homes being loved on, you can’t adopt them all, but you can choose one or two to invest in. Maybe you want to be an encouraging voice in someone’s life, start with a neighbor. Maybe your dream is so big you don’t know where to start, so start writing it out. Start giving your dream some thought and determine where you can take the first steps.
Pray. The best thing you can do with a dream is pray about it. Pray that God gives life to that dream. Pray that God guides you in chasing that dream. Pray that He will reveal HIS dreams for YOU. Pray constantly. Pray passionately. Pray openly. Maybe you’ll discover a dream you didn’t know was within you.
Don’t stop dreaming. We can’t discover our dreams if we stop dreaming. If we put them to the side and say we don’t have time, then they’ll never be discovered. Don’t give up on your dreams, they’re worth being dreamt.
We make the dream apart of our life. Our children need to see us dream, they need to see us chase our dreams, and they need to be a part of our dreams coming to life. When they are a part of this journey, they will remember the importance of chasing their dreams. They will see what can happen when we dream. They will learn how important dreaming is. Let them be a part of your dream, and let your dream be a part of your mothering. Let them be a part of making a difference.
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Be ready to discover those dreams sweet mama, do everything you can to chase them, whether you start with baby steps or you jump all in. Your dream is worth chasing. Your children are worth seeing dreams become reality. Those passions aren’t built within you just to find a home, they’re meant to be lived out, so go out and discover them.
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