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Be Not Afraid

”Be not afraid”. If any of y’all are familiar with Pope St. John Paul the Great’s pontificate, you heard that phrase at least once or twice! The statement in a way begs the question—what is there to be afraid of?


In my short time as a mom, I've noticed fear and worry is almost pervasive in our job as mothers. I would bet most, if not all of you, could relate to a constant sort of dialogue in your brain that questions or wonders if you're doing things the "right" way or the "best" way, thanks to all the noise from parenting magazines, schools/teachers, pinterest, facebook, blogs, newspaper parenting columns, and even other moms or family's seemingly endless. There are so many voices bombarding or (passively) judging us that just wasn't the case in past generations. I loved this article from an older mother to a younger mother about this very thing.


So how do we stop fear and worry from overtaking our peace and happiness in motherhood? I think St. Joan of Arc has the perfect response to St. JPII’s commission:


"I am not afraid; I was born to do this."

Yep. This mom gig that you either signed up for or got thrown into? You were CREATED for it...BORN for it. Even in difficult moments, God designed you for that purpose…that no sleep night with sick kiddos, that child with a difficult temperament, or pre-teen who is getting a bit sassy.

For me (as a professed “article reader” who has probably read one too many opinions on toddler discipline and food allergies, among other things), it’s a powerful reminder that I don’t need to constantly look to the external for answers or approval, but to seek answers and guidance within, from God and the wisdom He has given me. If we allow God to be our source and strength and be confident in the knowledge that we are carrying out the great work we were created for, we’re unstoppable, unshakeable.


This motherhood stuff, it's hard and mostly unglorified work. We're in the trenches working each day to form little souls into saints and cleaning up pee and packing a billion school lunches with little love notes. If we do anything this year in CMOMs, let us encourage and remind each other of the challenging, beautiful work we’re doing as mothers, and build each other up to be the moms we were truly born to be.


So, one last time, join me in our battle cry (and say it to yourself, often!): “I am not afraid; I was born to do this.” 

Mamas, you’re doing great!

Your Sister in Christ,
Rachel Rendall, President

Rachel Rendall,
Sep 30, 2014, 11:12 AM
Rachel Rendall,
Sep 30, 2014, 11:12 AM