Sunday, May 10, 2015

Calling All Super Moms!

 Happy Mother’s Day to my Mommy Friends!

Over the past few months my son has taken up an affinity for super heroes. Some awesome friends of ours gave us numerous super hero play sets and action figures that their son didn’t play with any more. Since then, William has been all about them. I’m smiling as I write this because I remember playing with him one morning and he called me Wolverine for the rest of the afternoon.

This stage he’s in got me to thinking about how inside every mom resides a cast of super heroes: 
  • The Incredible Hulk: Of them all, this is, sadly, the one I resonate with the most. More often than I’d like, I don’t know how to control my emotions and I turn into Hulk Mama, yelling at my kids.
  •  Sometimes we moms are like Spiderman, catching kids (and all their stuff) just like flies.
  • Or we can also be Captain America, shielding off attacks of germs or mean kids on the playground.
  • Many days we are like Wonder Woman: managing carpool, kid’s activities, laundry, packing lunches and figuring out dinner every night. How does she do it all?

When I think of all the different super heroes, I want to be a blend of two of them:
Super Man/Mom: One of the days I’ve most felt like Super Mom wasn’t when I had a perfectly-themed birthday party with Pinterest-perfect favors. It wasn’t when my child was Student of the Month or when potty-training was finally finished.

It was a day, not long ago, when I stayed in my pajamas until the afternoon. Usually, I feel terrible on those days, but this day, I sat on the floor and played with my son. We colored, played super heroes and Legos. I let his imagination lead our play. I didn’t have an agenda; I set my to-do list aside. And I loved it! I felt super because I enjoyed being a Mom and living in my child’s world. I was laser-focused on him. While this day cannot be my reality every day, it reminds me of how I want to be intentional and have more days like this. 
Iron Man: What I like most about Iron Man is that on his own, he doesn’t have any true super powers. Yes, he’s smart. But his power lies in his armor!

This reminded me that I have armor too. So do you. We just have to choose to put it on.

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all the believers everywhere.” 
- Ephesians 6:13-18
We must put on our armor and rely on God’s Word for strength on this motherhood journey. We need to pray for each other! One of the biggest lies I think we believe as moms is that we’re alone, that no one knows how we feel. 

But oh, how that is not true! Whichever super hero you might be today, we’re all in this together! Let’s support each other and come to each other’s rescue whenever we can. Armed together, we are unstoppable! After all, if we weren’t around, how would this world function? I think the planet would fall apart! ;)

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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