I suppose this has become a mothering blog, of sorts. What do they call it? Mommy blog? no…
As I ponder the title of my blog: Living Your Covenants Every Day, I’m realizing the process of motherhood and living my covenants are closely connected. Both are intended to transform, refine and sanctify.
Mothering is the hardest work I’ve ever done. I had no idea how physical it is, particularly the continued lack of sleep. There’s cleaning up endless messes; toys, diapers, food… Carrying a 25 pound baby around. Focusing all my time and attention on sustaining life for one little person who is suddenly mobile and crashing into everything.
But starting life with her and this emphasis on the physical makes sense to me. At least cognitively. I suspect our future will become more emotional and spiritual. While both are fully operating now, I imagine that my relationship with our babe will change and transform in a deeply connected way. I’m casting my mind forward to days when I’ll ache for the things she deals with socially or emotionally. Or worry for her choices. Or pray endlessly for her protection.
And as I consider what is in store for our relationship, I’m grateful to be exhausted in this season. It seems that there is wisdom in starting off physically sacrificing so much of my life for one little person. Indeed, it is preparatory for the future surrendering that I hope to make full heartedly.
While I struggle to find words for the tutorings of the spirit, the pathway of discipleship in motherhood is certainly making me more fit for the kingdom, more Savior like thee.
What a blessing. Indeed, the family is ordained of God.
AND check this out: My book is on sale at Deseret Book right now… $9.99 digital http://deseretbook.com/Living-Your-Covenants-Every-Day-Jennifer-Brinkerhoff-Platt/i/5107775
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Maybe when I’m a little less tired, I’ll get more serious about a second book…