This week’s Inspirational Mama is a woman whom I admire very much.
A woman of prayer, a woman who loves souls, a woman who has established
her home on the ultimate foundation, God.
The Inspirational Mama for this month is my friend,
ministerial colleague, and sister in Christ,
Below is her story, BE ENCOURAGED!
My name is Jessica and I’m a mama of seven!
Yes, they’re all mine! Everywhere we go people ask, I’m already used to that question.
I always wanted a big family.
So that means I’ve done everything at least seven times. There is so much about motherhood that I can talk about, but I’ll start here-
I became a teenage mom at seventeen.
I remember going in for a checkup one day during the pregnancy of my first born, and my doctor telling me that my baby’s tests were showing that she would probably have Down Syndrome and that I should consider an abortion.
I went home with my future husband that day and cried my eyes out trying to figure out what I did to cause that to happen. We loved our baby either way but I couldn’t help but think that I did something wrong. Fast forward to her birth and glory to God she was born beautiful, healthy, with no Down Syndrome.
Looking back, that was my first experience with mom guilt, which is the topic I’d like to share with all mamas.
My days are full trying to balance being a wife, a mama, a business owner, serving in ministry and still taking care of myself.
I live by lists, calendars, and alarms. I also have an amazing husband as a teammate.
There are many moving parts in my life. On any given day I could be negotiating a bid with an establishment, replacing my children’s glasses for the tenth time, submitting a report for the outreach my church did that week and cooking dinner so that I can get the kids in bed on time to then join my husband at the gym or squeeze in a spontaneous date night with him.
At the end of each day, when everyone is asleep, I reflect on all the things I wasn’t able to check off my to-do list like call my grandma (which is always on the list), or go through messages I haven’t responded to or that dreaded moment of remembering “Oh no, tomorrow is wear a green shirt to school day and I forgot to buy the green shirt!” or the simple thought of remembering if I told them that I love them.
I’ve learned not to beat my self up (as much) anymore, but instead focus on the things I did do.
The more I minister to other moms I learn to treat myself with the same encouragement I give them.
I figure, some days I will rock it as a mom, some days I’ll rock it in business, some days all of the above- but for the days that I fall short on all accounts, I remind myself of my original dream, to give my family the childhood I never had, a life full of love and security. Then I remind myself that I’ve already accomplished my goal, and so it’s just a matter of perspective.
When God allows you the privilege of being someone’s mama cherish the time and experience because it really does go by fast. Be present and make beautiful memories, here’s a hint; the power is in how you make them feel that’s what they’ll never forget.
A Powerful Mama
Here is Jessica and her beautiful family.
You are an inspiration, my friend! Thank you for sharing your story.
Jessica and her husband are the founders and owners of Imperial Maintenance NYC. They service both commercial and residential maintenance needs in the New York area. Click here to visit their Facebook Page.
If this has inspired you or touched your heart please feel free to comment below.