The 7 Wonders of Motherhood

 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”  Isaiah 66:13

The 7 Ancient Wonders of the World

The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

 

The New 7 Wonders of the World:

Great Wall of China
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Machu Picchu
Chichen Itza
The Roman Colosseum
Taj Majal
Petra

What do you think are the 7 wonders of motherhood?

I don’t know about picking only 7!  I am still learning so I may need an ancient list and then a new list someday too!  Recently, a friend asked what motherhood has taught me.  My, what hasn’t it taught me?  From the moment my first baby was placed on my chest I began to comprehend just a glimpse of what God’s love for me must be like.  I cannot fathom that the Lord of the universe looks at me with even more compassion than the way that I look at my children.  Even when I don’t act like the precious child He created me to be, His love for me is unwavering.  Since I became a mother I have been better able to understand the forgiveness of the Lord and the reason why God would sacrifice everything for us, the very people who broke His heart.  He did it all for love.  We are able to play out that forgiveness and unconditional love when we have children of our own.

Motherhood has been the hardest thing I have done and probably will ever do.  It is more physically draining than any race – those nights spent walking a colicky baby or resting on the hallway floor between the bedrooms of your sick kids.  It has been more mentally trying than any college final- struggling to remember the dosages of meds on top of the last time you fed the baby not to mention changed his diaper.  It is more emotionally challenging than any high school heartbreak- having them witness you at your worst and being terrified they will remember it into adulthood. It is more spiritually frightening than any deep lurking question- knowing you play the biggest role in shaping their souls and wondering if they will serve God the way you know they can.

What has motherhood taught me?  So much more about my Lord, myself, and what love really is.  I now know more about how to sacrifice, celebrate little successes, communicate feelings, swallow my pride, give grace, appreciate my husband, treasure a shower alone, ask for forgiveness, enjoy a warm meal, give a sloppy kiss, find pleasure in the simple things, give up perfectionism, hide a mess, play just for the fun of it, shop efficiently, dance wildly, encourage profusely, forgive freely, live unapologetically, laugh uncontrollably, and love unconditionally.

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

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