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Psalm 139: Wonderfully Designed

 

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Psalm 139: Wonderfully Made by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Don’t you just love this verse!

DNA is an amazing thing.  (The string of hearts is my take on a double helix strand of DNA. )  To think that who we are is embedded in a microscopic piece of our very cells, at our very core!  I love science. I actually find it amazing the questions that people ask and that they are able to discover some of the answers, unravel the bits of God’s designs.  Because even a lot of scientists are finally giving in to the fact that our world is so intricately designed and perfectly organized that it must be a “higher intelligence” doing all of this amazing work.  (Which we of course are a little ahead of them on this and KNOW it is God.  Silly scientists.)  Just think…one tiny particle of skin, one TINY dust particle really, has all of the information about the core essence of you!  And all of that formed in the womb from one MINISCULE cell.

Insanely amazing!

How can we not trust that God made each of us?  That He made us to be perfectly ourselves?  To look only the way we do, move the way we do, sound that way, think that way, have certain gifts.

Now, does that mean we are perfect.  Nope.  Already discussed that this week.  We have free will. We make choices.  We do wonderful things.  But we also sin.

But at our cores we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  BY GOD.  He planned us.  He knows us.  He loves us.  He knew we were needed in this world.  Just as we are.

Amen.

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We Were Created For a Moment of Happiness

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A silly one to start the post.  Happiness is that first little flutter.  Then the joy of the kicking–knowing he/she is alive and moving.  Happiness is also the kick in your gut when you get the call for an adoption.  Knowing that a child somewhere is coming to you.  Happiness is the KNOWING  that motherhood is coming.  For:

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Esther 4:14 Created for this Moment by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

In the Bible Esther is actually being called to do big things for her people.  To step out in faith, to basically birth a nation, through her courage.

But we all can take this verse and get a lot from it.  We are called.  God wants us to step out in faith, to birth a masterpiece life, to live with courage–to move forward–to keep it all in perspective–to love.

Isn’t that what parenting is?  Isn’t that what we should celebrate about mamas?  And dads!  It takes a village to raise a child.  It takes a community to raise a new Christian.  It takes all of us to bring love to our world.  It starts one person touching one other person at a time.  God created us for this moment and for this job as parents to all His babies!  He has chosen us!  What an amazing honor.  What a blessing.  What a kick of happiness should hit us in the gut.

Stop and think about where you are in this season, right now, right here.  Who are the babies God has entrusted you with?  Who is He calling you to parent?  to celebrate?  to love?  You were created for this moment.  Jesus will do great things through you, and through the people you impact.  No matter if it is one, or thousands.  The impact you make in this moment is what is important.

Perhaps, this is the moment for which you were created.  That is what should bring you that kick of happiness deep in your belly.

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Shift into Being a Mama

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A Mama is Born by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

We are really, really good as a society/culture/humankind at celebrating the baby.  But what about the mama?  I remember that first baby.  All the parties and presents, calls, food, etc.  And I remember the third baby.  It was a little different.  But more so, I remember the changes for ME.  Yeah, that kid is cute, and yeah she is doing some fun things.  But I was doing some pretty crazy changing.  Most mamas do.

We weren’t mamas before.  Just like graduating from high school, or getting married, this is a huge life conversion!  Our sense of independence shifts.  Our sense of self shifts.  Our sense of purpose and hierarchy shifts.  Until you have a child, whether birthed or adopted or just chosen, you don’t get it.  And with every subsequent child it shifts again.  Our mind and our hearts, our capacity to give and love, and sacrifice, oh my, reaches a whole new level we never thought capable.

We need to celebrate that in women!  That amazing capacity to do what we need to do, that ability to shift with the seasons of life, that proficiency for loving to the utmost magnitude.  Not just one day a year, but all the time.

Today, find a mama.  Congratulate her on being new.  On being herself as a mama.  For making the conversion, the shift.  For being brave enough to let the shift happen.  For embracing it.  For growing with it.  For doing it well.  Find her in a store, in church, on the sidewalk, at work, wherever.  Find her.

Congrats on being a mama to all my ladies here!

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Keeping it in Perspective

I made this one for mamas in that last trimester of pregnancy.  But really, it is extremely relevant to motherhood in general–even if you aren’t anywhere near pregnant read to the end of the post!

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Keep in in Perspective by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

I saw a photo reference for this piece and it brought back memories and I knew I had to paint it.  I was a humongous prego lady…I carried my babies out front.  And I ate like crazy, so I got big, the baby got big. It was all I could do to see my toes by the end, but they were painted delicious bright colors.  And I would ask, “Do I have on matching shoes? ”

Then, they turned three.  And I remember looking down at the floor at the mess at my feet.  And reminding myself, “This too shall pass.  They will only be this little for awhile.”

Then they turned ten. And I looked at the floor, still saw a mess, then looked up to God and asked, “When, when God?  When will this get easier?  How do I train these little monsters?”

And each time, I would call my mom.  Get her advice (she is awesome).  And always she would help me put it all in perspective.  She would remind me of my own capabilities.  That I could do this.  She would remind of the ultimate goal:  raising kids to be loving and independent.  Raising them to know God.  THOSE ARE THE GOALS.  Not a clean house, not perfect meals, not wonderful vacations, not exceptional students, blah, blah, blah.

FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE.

And Jesus teaches us, the greatest of these is LOVE.  That is our goal.  From the very begininng, from the moment we accept being mamas, no matter who we mother, no matter the season, our goal is to love.

Keep it in perspective.

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Becoming a Mama

What better time than the week before Mother’s day to celebrate bringing babies into the world?  I have been working on several pieces over the past year for my friend Kerri.  She is an amazing birth instructor (shameless plug…hit her website and see all she has to offer at www.thismommaknows.com) and she also works with mamas through Will County Pregnancy Resource Center (shout out to my folks there!).  And there is the Journey Hub in Frankfort (shout out to those girls!).   This week is dedicated to them, and the amazing work they all do.

But it is also for any and all mamas.  Those of us deep in the potty training trenches, those of us driving our buses–cars I mean, those with empty nests, those lovin’ on grandbabies.  Those who adopt kiddos into their homes here, those who adopt kids through charities that they will never meet.  Those waiting to be mamas.  Those mamas to new Christians.  Yep, they are important, too.

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New life!  Isn’t it the most amazing thing!?  Babies are just crazy!  I love ’em.  Can’t get enough of ’em.  I love me some prego bellies.  (Never want to do it again myself, thank you.)  I love all kinds of babies–even of the animal sort.  On our spring walk today we saw a retention pond with HUNDREDS of tadpoles.  They were so cool!  The way God designed babies and how we all develop is just amazing to me.  So incredibly powerful.  And the ways mamas do it.  Wow, the instincts for it are unbelievable.  It is not easy.  It is not easy to make new life, to bring it into the world, to trust our instincts, to see it through.  But man is it beautiful and worth it!

God created females to do this special thing–to mother.  He trusted US.  He uses us to bring new life–whether it is brand new  mini people, or ushering a person of any age and size into new life with Christ.  He gave us this special job.

You know what is beautiful?  Mamas.  Not just the job of getting them here, not just the job of moving them along.  But the women.  YOU ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL.  I have never seen a mama look at her baby, no matter how old, and not thought to myself, that, that right there is gorgeous.  Even when the mama is crazy mad–it is still a special look only for that child that is perfect.

So yes, this week, we shall celebrate.

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