Can you imagine the incredible impact we’d all have on the world if mothers could gather together and support one another? Some times it feels like we are all in this together, yet mom shame and guilt is still such a problem.
Today on the Joyful Mud Puddles Podcast I chat with Ashley Davis a fellow homeschool mom and podcaster.
In this episode we talk about:
- Honest real motherhood on social media
- Mom envy
- Importance of community
- Mom shame
- Build your own spot on the wall from Nehemiah
- Preparing for the Holiday season – have a plan, self care
Build your own spot on the wall
While we were talking Ashley brought up the story in the Bible from Nehemiah where the Israelites are rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. In Nehemiah Chapters 2-7 we read the prophets accounts of rebuilding the wall, the favour granted to him by the king and also of the opposition they received.
They were working with all their heart on a common goal to rebuild the city God had given them. In the face of much ridicule and opposition they prayed and trusted what God had put on their hearts to do. But notice that each individual and family worked on their own spot on the wall. They did not compare, or give advice. They did not put each other down either. This is what our lives should be like also. Working together towards one common goal wether it be homeschooling, parenting, living as Christians, we don’t need to obsess with what everyone else is doing when we have our own work to be done.
When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work. Nehemiah 4:15
Later when the opposition gets stronger Nehemiah stations guards and equips the Israelites while they work. We also need to be well equipped for the enemy to attack. Look around and see who is surrounding you. Will the protect you? Will they encourage what you are doing? Have they got your back? We need to surround ourselves with the right support system, our tribe who will help build the wall together.
When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16
Never loose sight of God’s hand in all we do. He sets it on our hearts to continue in the paths He has for us. God is there to help every step of the way. We do not need to carry this burden alone.
Connect with Ashley
The Homeschool Conversations Podcast https://anchor.fm/ashley-davis42/
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