Motherhood Isn’t A Job + It’s A Calling

Happy Mother’s day! My hubby asked me if I had a blog post ready for today. I was kinda dumbfounded. I didn’t have anything prepared and I didn’t know he was looking forward to reading something from me. I decided to finish my notes from church and if anything were to come to me I would make a decision. While completing my notes and listening to Reckless Love something came over me and 730 words later here I am. I want to first start off by saying I was a little unsure about writing about Mother’s Day. It is a time where mothers all over the world are put in the spotlight. Whether you lost a child, adopted a child, gave birth to a child or simply loving a child like your own, Mother’s day can be taken differently. I didn’t quite understand this until I heard today’s Mother’s message at HCBC. The discussion was “Good-Enough Mom”. Now let’s be honest, how many times have we sat back and questioned our motives, intentions and asked ourselfs, “man am I doing good enough?” The Pastor went onto tell us that we need mothers who display an unshakable faith, mothers who display a stubborn hope, and lastly mothers who display selfless love. This sounds a bit overwhelming so I will break it down the best way I understood it.

  • Mothers who display an unshakeable faith: In other words, grace-based parenting. We have sinned a number of times but Jesus paid for our salvation. By God’s amazing grace we are saved through faith. Yes, we are flawed mothers. We tend to have short fumes and overreact when our children misbehave. We snap or we emotionally shut down. We are flawed but also loved unconditionally by The Lord. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 reads “We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Salvation is a gift. We couldn’t earn, we don’t deserve but we still have it.
  • Mothers who display a stubborn hope: We as mothers are not going to be here on this planet forever. We are raising the next generation 2 Timothy 2:2 confirms this by saying we have all heard the teachings and now have to be God’s faithful servants and teach the truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. We as mothers need to work for the long haul. Plant trees that we will not be able to sit on. Entrust to others to carry out our hope.
  • Mothers who display a selfless love: This one was easy. I feel in my heart that I partake in this every day with my smithboys. I put everything (sometimes my husband) before myself. The Pastor actually said it best. A mother with selfless love sees four slices of pizza for her family of five and tells them she doesn’t care that much for pizza. In the Bible, we are told time and time again that God’s love is greater than all. My favorite scripture is from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. It says “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails.”

I firmly believe in this message. God gave us a part to play in our children’s life. We were created in his image to carry out his legacy. To share The Good News with our children, their children and their children’s children. It’s okay to be a “good enough mom”. Today I was reminded The Lord uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We as mothers, daughters of the one true king were hand-picked by God to guide our children through life with faith, hope, and love. To me, there is no better gift! Again, rejoice for today is for you sweet mama’s. Remeber, “three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.” {1 Corinthians 13:13}

Happy Mothers Day.

Ayden. Steven. Smith

Dear my favorite big man,

Today is your birthday and you’re turning 6! How has time flown so flippin’ fast that my sweet boy is now SIX YEARS OLD? I still can remember the first time I ever met you. Daddy was having some car trouble and he asked me to come scoop yall up and take you back to yall’s place. Shortly after our first encounter, I came over and brought pizza to the pool. You thought I was pretty cool after that. You still were a little nervous to be around me but shortly after a few times of being with one another you never wanted me to leave. I think that’s when your daddy fell in love with me. 4 years have passed since I first walked into your life. 4 years of memories we have created. 4 years of adventures we have taken. 4 years of cherished moments with one another. As I continue to watch you grow more and more like your daddy I can only see the man you will become. You are so generous, loving, brave, and full of joy. You make my heart grow every time I see you protect and encourage your brother. The way guide him and teach him right from wrong is a blessing. You, my love, are a leader and Gods beautiful creation.  Although you are stubborn sometimes (I honestly think you get that from me), you’re also giving and I know you get that from your daddy. Being your step-mommy has brought me so much happiness. You have taught me more about myself than I ever thought was possible. The unconditional love we have for one another is something that is so special, no one can quite understand. You are one of the reasons I am the mommy I am today and for that Ayden, I am forever thankful. I vowed the day I married your daddy to always stand by your side, to always choose you, to always love, care and protect you. Ayden, I may have not given you life but life has given you to me. You, my love, will always be a part of me and carry a special place in my heart and soul. God knew what he was doing when he placed you and your daddy in my life. I promise to never break what the Lord has brought together. Happy Birthday big man! Today I hope you enjoy all the sweet love, messages, and gifts from daddy, brother and I.  I love you so much Aydenbear, more than you will ever know.

Love always,

Mama Smith

Eye Candy Couture + Online Boutique

I am so very excited to share my newest mamasmith adventure with yall! If you love fashion or are in desperate need of some summer attire keep reading! A few weeks ago a dear friend of mine asked me to model a few outfits for her clothing store. Completely surprised and absolutely thrilled I, of course, said yes. So this past weekend this mama met up with the beautiful Sierra Lentz at the domain for my close up. Not going to lie I was quite nervous. Walking around taking pictures in front of strangers wasn’t my kinda thing. I mean if you’ve seen my Instagram you know, I take pictures of the smithboys and my hubby not really selfies. BUT I did it and I was so happy I did. Eye Candy Couture is online boutique ran by a fierce woman named Sierra. She is a sweet mama who chased her dreams in style might I add all while raising her son Charlie. Sierra believes every woman should feel confident, fearless and sexy in their skin while wearing her clothing. I am so honored she chose me to be a part of her journey.  Take a look below at some of her clothes that are available to purchase online. She was also so very kind to give all my followers a little discount. When you go to check out use the code {mamasmith15} for 15% your entire purchase! YAY!

 

Like I mentioned, I was so honored she wanted me to model her clothing because when I was in high school I had total confidence. I didn’t care what people had to say about what I was doing better yet wearing. It was my life and I did what I wanted. However, when I had smithboy#2 my confidence slowly went down. I didn’t look the same nor did I feel the same. I kept thinking about what others thought of me. I kept second guessing what I should or shouldn’t be doing. What I should or shouldn’t be wearing since I was a young mom. It was so bad that I debated what I should wear around my family. I mean my family, of all the people they are the ones who could care less what I dressed like. Slowly did I realize I was taking away my own confidence. After some mental and physical growth did I discover my inner highschool Micahela. It took some time and experiences like taking pictures in stunning clothing to make me feel like I once did. I truly believe self-love is very important. Yes, Sierra’s compliments were a bonus but most importantly it was the way I looked and felt to myself. We, women need to always feel loved, sexy and confident! Huge thank you to Sierra for empowering me. Please go check out her website, Eye Candy Couture, find an outfit, use my discount code {mamasmith15} at check out for 15% off, go out on the town, feel and be fearless!