31 days: Practicing Messy Motherhood

This is the second year I’ll be participating in The Nester’s Write 31 Days series. For the next 31 days, I’ll blog every single day related towards one topic. I’ve chosen to write about Practicing Messy Motherhood. 

It’s a pretty different topic for me as I rarely write about motherhood and even more rarely write about my kids. But I feel the Lord calling me to these words really specifically. I hear Him calling me to PRACTICE. I want to acknowledge that as a mother - I’m not where I want to be or where I want to stay. By His grace and spurred on by His love, I want to show up every day and just practice being a mom who is controlled and compelled by Christ. 

Secondly, I want to write about practicing motherhood in a MESSY way. So much of what turns me off when I read about motherhood and childrearing is that everyone else seems to have it together. Those who are eager to write about motherhood seem to have a plan and really clear beliefs. They seem to almost be “professional” moms. I’m the type of gal who can build an amazing plan where a small business or ministry is concerned, but motherhood is totally different for me. I’m trying to learn to embrace this mess and get to the heart of things. I’ve spent much of my “career” as a mother trying to be professional and beating myself up when I’m not. I’m ready to let myself feel some real burdens for my kids, confess some real sins where motherhood is concerned, and throw off what I think it should look like. 

Great and tidy moms are welcome here if they want a place to feel good about themselves. Messy, unprofessional moms - I hope you’ll find some hope and a common voice. Non-moms, my prayer is that you’ll feel freed up from burdens you would’ve put on before becoming a mother and/or you’ll be able to relate to some of the things your mama friends might be feeling so you can speak truth to them. 

This is uncharted water for me. It’s gonna get real. I’m glad you’re along for the ride.

Day 1: Practicing Messy Motherhood
Day 2: My Messy Motherhood Confessions
Day 3: My Specific + Messy Hope
Day 4: Meet My Fave Kids 
Day 5: He Fortifies (The Messy) 
Day 6: Embracing Messy Mornings 
Day 7: We have mice. 
Day 8: Give her grace. 
Day 9: Messy Moments 
Day 10: Messy Weekends for the Win
Day 11: Messy Worship for Monday
Day 12: What Practice Really Means
Day 13: Mom Guilt - Its' Not My Friend 
Day 14: Why I Left the Conversation 
Day 15: Oops, I Got Too Messy