The Long Distance Journey of Motherhood (and a Podcast!)

Motherhood is a very long distance run, and sometimes lonely.

Motherhood is a very long distance run, and sometimes lonely.

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This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness . . . The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the L

~Lamentations 3:21-26

Motherhood keeps going and going! It is a long distance run and often we feel isolated and alone. Today, I am talking with my dear friends Margaret and Holly about the ways we have been challenged by the long-range reality of motherhood. I pray you will know that your long distance run matters every step of the way. We hope you’ll enjoy and be encouraged by our conversation!

Life sometimes seems to be an obstacle course. How I face each dip that must be straddled, each curve that must be managed, each barrier that must be jumped will indeed determine the outcome of my race. There is rarely a reprieve, and I always have to be on the alert so that my soul stays in the place of peace and hope.

Holly, me, and missing is our third friend, Margaret.

Holly, me, and missing is our third friend, Margaret.

I want to always go to the place where the truth is, where God’s presence is, giving me guidance and hope. Struggling through difficulties is normal, and I still sometimes feel weariness, frustration, fear, and hopelessness right in the midst of feeling joy, deep appreciation, and love. But I continue persistently looking for His treasures of encouragement and truth.

Seeking God daily is my treasure. I try to make it a time when no one will talk to me or disturb my reverie. (I even sort of trained my kids to expect this and most days they gave me a bit of time by myself-truly, so much repetition and it became a time when they wanted to play alone or read when they were older. Couldn’t be long but it was great.)

I light my candles, brew a cup of tea, and enter into the presence of the Lord. Usually I sit for a few minutes and take in the peace of being quiet and still. Sometimes I fail to calm my soul and instead stew and fret; sometimes I just sit and try to gather my wits and soul about me; sometimes I cry out; and other times, I dig for new truth and knowledge. He is the one Friend whom I go to every day. Without Him, there is no solution for me. Withoqut His help and strength, I will find no path and no peace.

Are you talking to God in prayer as you would converse with a friend? Are you hoping in and waiting for the Lord, as today’s verse suggests?

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