Not every woman becomes a mother, just like not every man becomes a father, and that is okay. Women are not born mothers. Some women cannot bear children. Others choose not to marry and start a family.
Motherhood is so valuable because it is a choice that women make in life—and it is a big choice.
As we grow and mature, sometimes the desire to have children grows with us, but the desire for children and the choice of motherhood are very different things.
So, how do women become mothers?
In my opinion, motherhood is a choice of obedience to accept the responsibility and sacrifice of raising a developing a human soul that God created and placed in your care. I’m not saying that only Christians can be “good mothers,” but some women recognize the importance of a life being entrusted to them, and some women choose not to.
Motherhood is about so much more than a positive pregnancy test and a hospital birth that makes a child biologically yours.
I’m definitely not the expert on motherhood, as my first child is still squirming inside my belly as I write. But that squirming, jabbing bundle of limbs that won’t let me sleep at night is a baby girl who has already made me a mother.
She made me a mother when I saw those two pink lines on my pregnancy test—and the three tests I took afterward just to make sure.
Why did I become a mother at that moment?
Because I instantly felt the wonder and excitement of that revelation seeping into a feeling of overwhelming responsibility and a complete change for my future. Because at that moment, I was already beginning to make choices that sacrificed my own desires for the good of my child
These may seem like small things. Ultimately, they are very small sacrifices in the scheme of motherhood—just the beginnings of sacrifice and responsibility. But they were choices I was already making for the sake of my child because God had given me a human life—a human soul—to take care of. And I chose at that moment to accept that responsibility.
Not one of us mothers is going to be perfect. But God has been impressing me more and more as my baby girl’s due date creeps closer, that true motherhood is a choice. It is a choice that inspires millions of tiny choices for the rest of your life.
When I become overwhelmed at the prospect of being a mother, I remember how all the little choices of my own mother made such a difference in my life.
Ultimately, motherhood is in the little choices that stretch into big things over a lifetime. My daughter won’t remember every sacrifice I will make on her behalf, but maybe a few of them will stick out in her mind and teach her about Christ’s sacrificial love and how we can show that love to others.
I plan on enjoying motherhood, but I also know that it will require a lot of time, sacrifice, and trials. True motherhood is the opposite of selfishness in a world that’s all about being true to yourself and living your best life.
Have you ever thought of the relationship between a mother and a child as one that imitates God’s relationship with His children?
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