Being a generous, patient, gentle mama is tough; there’s only so much of ourselves which we can spread around and it’s very easy for to be panicked and stingy with our limited resources of time, energy, and attention.
But, I want to be a generous mama — one who is quick to give of my limited resources — I want to be more generous because God is so generous to me.
And I want to encourage you too, dear friend!
Honestly, it’s easy for us to freely give of ourselves when life is going well — when we’re well-rested, there’s a surplus in the budget, and the people around us are angels. 😉
But let’s talk real life — how can we be generous, giving mamas when we’re exhausted? How do we practice generous patience when we’re running late and the gas light flickers on and our kiddos are whining in the backseat. How do we give of ourselves when we just don’t want to read that book anymore?
Mothering well is not an easy task but that is where the Holy Spirit and some practical forethought can help us overcome!
For me, preparing my heart at the beginning of the day helps tremendously. I have a cute little basket holding my Bible and current devotional; it takes a great deal of effort to crawl out of bed early but I never regret the 15-30 minutes I spend with the Lord in prayer and Bible reading.
I also plan our daily schedule out and include blocks of time specifically for snuggling, book reading, or sensory play. Of course, random kisses and play times happen but I find I’m much more intentional and generous when I plan to be.
Then, of course, there are the days when I’m running on fumes and feel like quite the grouch. On those days, it’s important to be generous with myself. That can include:
- picking the battles I want to fight
- folding the laundry tomorrow
- asking my hubby or a friend for help
Of course, what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you and your family. But, when it comes to loving my son generously it tends to look like:
- reading Bear Snores On with gusto a few times daily
- helping him with therapy exercises
- being quick, yet patient, in the habit training we’ve established
- slowing down enough to give great eye contact, hugs, and watching his non-verbal cues and communication
The sweet thing I’ve discovered is that when I am intentional and generous with my love, attention, and patience Uriah’s development, behavior, and personality thrive — which are ample rewards for my choosing generosity over the bare minimum.
Tell me, friend, how do you practice generosity in your relationships? I would love to hear how you have been impacted by a generous person in your life!
This week, I aim to fill our days with themed crafts, songs, books, and Scriptures themed around this idea of generosity so I’ll be sharing some of that here on the blog or on my Instagram.
Plus, I’m hoping to send a little giveaway to someone in the coming weeks so be sure to come back for that!
With much love and blessings,