It’s so easy to get caught up in expectations as a mom. Expectations your kids have for you, expectations from your spouse, your parents, other moms and mostly expectations of yourself.
IWe live in a constant state of trying to meet all of those, failing at most and in turn feeling like we just aren’t cut out for this.
I know I’m guilty of letting myself get sucked into that trap. I end up withdrawing from my goals or aspirations and even from life and from my friends because I feel like I will just never be able to balance it all. And then I don’t even want to try. It’s a dangerous place to be. That is the place where moms feel disheartened and isolated. That’s where we let our failures define our futures and where we let comparison steal away our joy.
There is hope, my friends. But it starts with a change in perspective. It starts with putting your foot down on and understanding exactly what you can do on your own, what isn’t meant for you to do and where God can meet you in between.
When you step into that place of relying on Him to grow you, to move you and when the ONLY expectations you are focused on meeting are the ones that God has for you - you will see and feel a magical thing happen.
You can step out from the shadow of your doubts and disappointments. You can run into the future that God has planned for you with your arms open. You don’t have to know how or when, but you can trust in His promise.
Sometimes the expectations we set for ourselves come with expiration dates. That is the beauty of God’s expectations - we can make a mistake and we can take too long and He will still be there along the way. Never losing hope in us, never loving us less.
My sweet friends, let’s all learn to love ourselves a little more like God loves us. Graciously and without conditions or timelines. When we put faith in Him to meet us halfway, we can KNOW that He will. When we are living out our calling, according to His purpose - He will always meet us in the middle and carry us to the places we can’t reach by ourselves. God will always surpass our every expectation.