Spring is my favorite season, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for it! And just as I’ve been looking forward to the new life of spring, there are times in my mothering when I need a fresh renewal. A spring season of motherhood, if you will. That spring season of motherhood is what I’m going to talk about today, and I will give five ways to bring new life to your mothering.
“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring.” — Bernard Williams
This quote could not more perfectly express how I feel about this current change of seasons. As I said in last week’s newsletter, I’m trying not to waste all of winter biding my time until spring. Assuming I live to 80, that adds up to approximately 80,000 days of joyless misery. Yikes. That’s not what I want! So, I’m working on not being such a whiner and appreciate each and every season.
That being said … darn it if I don’t just love spring. I can’t help it. I may learn to tolerate winter, appreciate it, even, but I will never love it. And I will always look forward to spring.
As the quote above says, there is such a spirit of hope surrounding spring. There’s the hope of new life, hope of new beginnings, hope of summer. These are all things that make me feel refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to pour new energy into life. The bleakness of winter can be difficult to thrive in, but spring breathes fresh life into my soul. It puts a new spring in my step! (I’m sorry, I had to. You know I did.)
Your geographic location might be different, but where I live, we have four very distinct seasons. And certain seasons are more enjoyable than others. So, too, does motherhood have distinct and varied seasons.
And just as I’m looking forward to the new life of spring in the physical realm, there are times in my mothering when I need a fresh renewal. A spring season of motherhood, if you will.
That spring season of motherhood is what I’m going to talk about today, and I will give five ways to bring new life to your mothering.
THE SPRING SEASON OF MOTHERHOOD
Last October, I talked about the fall season of motherhood — those blessed times of reaping a sweet harvest from all your hard work.
Then, in December, I talked about how to survive and thrive in a physical and spiritual winter season.
Today, I’m going to talk about the spring season of motherhood.
This is the season that comes after a long, hard winter. After we’re worn out and run down. We’re tired of the dark, dreary days. We long for a little warmth and sunshine. We may even be a little depressed. And just when we think it’s never going to end …
… the sun starts shining a little brighter, and a little longer. The days slowly warm. Little buds begin to appear and tiny shoots reach forth from the ground. Ahhh … new life emerges.
In motherhood, the spring season looks like renewed energy. Rekindled purpose. Restored joy.
It looks like revitalization.
If you’ve been in a winter season in your motherhood and you’re searching for the new life of spring, I hear you! I have been there quite a few times myself.
Below are 5 ways I have found that always help bring that new life into my motherhood. I hope they do the same for you.
5 WAYS TO BRING NEW LIFE TO YOUR MOTHERHOOD
- Nourish your soul — Create a list of encouraging Scriptures pertaining to joy or motherhood.
- Break out of the rut — Do something to break out of your routine. Go on a fun outing, learn something new, or try something completely out of your usual comfort zone with your kids.
- Get outside — Take advantage of the literal spring season! Enjoy the fresh air, the warming temperatures (eventually … that hasn’t happened quite yet here), and the change of scenery.
- Re-evaluate — Look at your current schedule and examine your routines with a sharp eye. Are you taking on too much? Do you need better systems? Do your activities line up with your values and priorities? You may need to create more workable routines or re-evaluate what you think “has” to be done.
- Reflect and release — Have a space to work through your emotions and experiences. Keep a journal to record your thoughts and feelings about the ups and downs of motherhood.
If you’d like more ideas for bringing new joy into your mothering, you will definitely want to check out my ebook, Love the Ones You’re With: A 30-Day Joyful Motherhood Challenge! It’s full of bite-sized, practical things you can do each day to not only restore joy to your mothering but forge deep and lasting bonds with your kids, as well.
A winter season isn’t all bad, I suppose (she said begrudgingly). I’m learning to view every season with eyes looking for silver linings. I don’t want to waste any bit of my life wishing it away, so I’m working on looking for the good in everything. If nothing else, those difficult seasons are opportunities for growth and development, and they show me my very real dependence on Jesus.
But boy, I do love spring!
And in motherhood, those spring seasons of new life and vigor are like fresh breaths of air to my momma heart. That’s why in tough or weary seasons (winters), I intentionally look for ways to bring that new life (spring) to my mothering. And I hope these five ideas bring new life to yours.
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