April Showers

 If April showers bring May flowers, what can April showers bring us?

Before I had children I never truly considered how precious and renewing a shower could be.  I use to take showers because I wanted to be clean and have friends – but they were more of a necessity than a luxury.

Within my first week as a mother I realized what a shower really was…

It was time to be quiet, to let water wash away the tears, sweat and exhaustion of the day; it was a GIFT!

Water is a fantastic tool isn’t it?  When we get dirty, water makes us clean. When the earth is dry the rain revives the land.  If something is spilled or a stain is adhered – we first reach for water – in hopes of keeping the negative effects away. 

Water is the foundation of our life – without it we would die and I want to challenge us as mothers to find the “water” or “shower” that will bring us the renewal that we deserve and need.

As mothers it’s easy to feel the “grime” that the activities and demands in our lives create.  The reality of our life is that we are going to be dirty, busy and yes, sometimes we won’t shower until 11:00 at night. 

our reality isn’t going to change overnight but it WILL get easier.  So if you are in the season of mothering that brings more sleepless nights than showers – hang in there! You will not only make it but things are only going to get smoother from here.

The Spring is a time for rain, for showers of renewal, and in the Christian calendar a time of celebration! Easter is coming and I’ve been reading this verse from Philippians 3:10-11 and really enjoying its message:  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

This scripture challenges me to remember that my Savior partners with me in my sufferings.  He knows what it feels like to be exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, alone – even tempted.  But the beautiful part about our relationship with Christ is that he not only shares in our suffering – he wants us to share in the resurrection power that can only come through a vibrant, faith-based relationship with HIM!

Physical renewal, being able to wash away the dirt and grime of the day, a moment to be alone – those are wonderful things – but they are fleeting.  The renewing power of Christ comes when, through the Holy Spirit, Christ showers us with patience, strength, wisdom and love for our families.

No matter what kind of grit, grime and grossness is trying to stick to you today – I pray that you will find a “shower” of sorts through the scriptures you read, the people you interact with and the moments in your day when you can sit quietly and truly count your blessings.

I’m blessed to share with you and have you in my life.  Thank you for caring enough about your family and yourself to connect with moms (and with me) who truly know where you are, what you need and want to help.

Soon we will celebrate Christ rising from the dead and I can’t wait to hear about how the RISEN Lord has showered you with his resurrection power to help you enjoy the life and purpose that he has for you!

You are wonderful!


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