Being a Mom Has its Own Limitations Part 2

Yet again, Laura Robb was gracious enough to share her blog space with me. Yesterday, I shared my experience as a new mom and how God has been growing my heart.

You can read my guest post, Being a Mom Has its Own Limitations Part 2, on Laura’s blog here: http://www.lauracrobb.com/being-a-mom-has-its-own-limitations-part-two/

Let me know what you think with a comment or a share! Thanks so much!

If you missed part 1, check it out here.

Don’t forget to check out her other posts and read her amazing story!

Our limits do not define us; the Father's love does. Read more at http://jordanforty.com/being-a-mom-has-its-own-limitations-part-2/

Being a Mom Has its Own Limitations Part 1

Today, I wanted to share one of my guest posts with you. Before I had the baby, my friend Laura Robb asked me to write a guest post about limitations for her blog. If anyone knows about living a limitless life, it’s Laura. Her story is absolutely incredible and I encourage you to spend some time on her blog (http://www.lauracrobb.com) to get to know her. She is such an inspiration to me!

Months ago, as I sat down with my laptop resting on my giant baby bump, I found myself writing about the challenges of pregnancy and how I felt God leading me to depend on Him. I started to discover the power of accepting the limits we face and receiving God’s grace through challenges.

I am so honored to be a guest poster for Laura. You can read my guest post on Laura’s website here: http://www.lauracrobb.com/being-a-mom-has-its-own-limitations-part-one/

I’d love for you to leave a comment over there to let us know what you think and share the post if you like it!

After the baby arrived, Laura asked me to write a second part describing my perspective as a new mom. Becoming a mom has been a major process for me, one that’s challenged me and pushed me to grow in a million ways. That post will go live sometime next week. I’ll make sure you get the link as soon as it’s up!

I hope you enjoy the post!

"My limits aren't meant to hold me back, but to bring me straight to the Father." from Being a Mom has its Own Limitations Guest Post. Read more: http://jordanforty.com/being-a-mom-has-its-own-limitations-part-1

 

When the Writing Lags

Wow! I cannot believe it’s been four months since my last post. I never meant to go so long without writing. But I have been so blessed by your comments and encouragement in the meantime. Thank you for being so full of grace for this tired mama. Because I need all the grace these days…

We finally have some semblance of a schedule and I managed to squeeze a little writing time in during my son’s nap (which means I’m anxiously neglecting a million other things, but I believe this is important).

"Slowly and surely, the words resurface like bubbles in a pond." Read more from the post When the Writing Lags at http://jordanforty.com/when-the-writing-lags/

Motherhood has not been kind to my brain. Even when I have a little time to write, it seems I am unable. It’s as if that part of my brain just closed off for me to deal with all of the day-to-day craziness.

In fact, I feared I might never write again. And that has been really scary for me. Writing has always been a part of me. It feels like I am losing myself (which, of course, in a way I am). But it’s been so scary that I was afraid to even sit down and try. What if I start writing and all of my fears come true? I am so out of practice. What if the words are terrible? Worse, what if the words don’t come?

But I have spent enough time worrying. Writing and I are like magnets. I can’t stay away forever. I can’t pretend it doesn’t matter anymore.

Slowly and surely, the words resurface like bubbles in a pond. The problem is, they are delicate and flighty. I am trying to catch the slippery beasts without destroying them completely. I think they are mocking me, those mysterious words…

So I am doing my best to readjust and find ways to keep doing the things I love. I am learning that motherhood means constantly readjusting. As soon as I think I have something figured out, everything changes again.

But I am writing today. I even started hand-lettering for fun and have gotten to do some custom projects for friends. I’m recording all the snippets of song ideas that present themselves for someday when I might have time to put them together into something more substantial.

Slowly, the words come back. I’m trying to figure out how to capture them again. I’m trying to figure out how to weave these two worlds—the arts and the art of motherhood—together and still be present for my family. It is challenging, and everything happens so much more slowly than I would like, but I believe it’s possible.

In fact, I have been blessed with the opportunity to write two guest posts for a friend and I can’t wait to share them with you. The first post will go live tomorrow! I’ll be sure to share the link with you once it goes live.

There is a time and season for everything. And I think this is a season for patience, growth and grace. Perhaps this is also a season for learning to trust that God is greater than all of my fears and shortcomings. His grace is enough. Until next time!

When Life is Chaotic

I am now out of backup posts. Up until now, my posts had been scheduled in advance so that I could have at least six weeks before needing to pull my brain together to write again. But that was as far ahead as I was able to get. Now, I have to start trying to think again.

May our smallness tell the story of God's greatness. When Life is Chaotic: Read more here: http://jordanforty.com/when-life-is-chaotic/

I am wondering when things will start to feel manageable. I’m wondering when life will begin to feel less chaotic. Mainly, I’m wondering when my brain will work again. Other moms say it’s never really the same.

As much as I miss functioning, I can’t say I really mind.

I am so in love with this little baby that consumes my days and nights and all my energy.

IMG_4072Our sweet baby boy, Levi Joel, was born February 16, 2016. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Every time I look at him, I’m reminded of the miracle of life and the fact that each precious person is only possible because of a loving Creator. Yet, I still can’t comprehend it. I can’t comprehend any of it.

I am completely amazed by what God has done through me, and what He continues to do each day.

As our family has grown, my view of God has exponentially expanded. And I have been completely humbled.

I can’t begin to unpack how God is growing my heart each day my son grows.

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I can’t explain how small, weak, and helpless I feel, yet keenly aware of God’s power fueling strength within me.

I can’t begin to tell how difficult this whole journey is, while at the same time, how precious and wonderful.

I can’t describe how I have seen the glory of God on display, or how He has carried me through every minute, or how I am beginning to glimpse the Father’s overwhelming love as I experience an overwhelming love for my baby.

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Instead, I will keep trying to learn to be present. To soak it all in as best I can. To breathe in the moments and really live. I am terrible at this. And I don’t know what it looks like to be present in this season. But I am learning.

I am learning to lean into the season I am in now, to embrace the difficulty and the beauty all together.

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As my world changes, so will my writing here. I hope to keep writing regularly (or, rather, to start it up again). I hope to keep posting regularly.

Writing has always helped me to exercise being present.

But right now, being present looks like drowning in dirty diapers and drool and spit up.

IMG_4644It means postponing the laundry one more day to spend a little more time memorizing baby smiles.

It means sacrificing sleep to love on this beautiful little person God has placed in my life.

It means letting go of myself and learning to give wholeheartedly to someone else.

I covet your prayers as I learn to navigate this new life of dying to myself and depending on God to be the strength for all of my weakness.

May we all find ways to be more present in our daily lives. May we learn to experience the fullness of God—His love, His strength, His goodness, His mercy…—in the every day. May our smallness tell the story of His greatness. And may our eyes be lifted up to the Lord in all things. Amen.

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A Prayer for Anxiety

Today’s prayer prompt is straight from my journal, one I prayed when I was feeling immense anxiety.

"May my spirit be still in your presence. May my heart become quiet before you." A Prayer for Anxiety. Read the rest here: http://jordanforty.com/a-prayer-for-anxiety/

Feel complete freedom to read the prayer and add your own voice as you speak to God today. Tell Him what’s on your heart and ask Him for what you need. Thank Him for who He is and how He has shown up in Your life lately.

These words are not magic. It’s simply a prayer I’ve prayed recently.

I pray that it will lead you to a place of intimacy with the Father, a place where your own words take over and God touches your heart. I pray that it will open up space for listening to God’s heart as you seek Him.

Here is a verse to meditate on as you begin to pray:

Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

(Isaiah 41:10, ESV)

May His blessings overflow in your life this week. May you be reminded of who you are in Christ and how immensely loved you are. May your trust in the Lord grow as You abide in Him and know Him more. May God give you eyes to see His presence with you always. May His love drive out the fear in your life and replace it with confident trust and overwhelming peaceAmen.

A Prayer for Anxiety

Lord, calm the storm in me.

Please, calm the wind and the waves.

Silence the crackling thunder

And still the rains and currents.

I am desperate for Your peace and assurance.

I am craving Your true rest.

May my spirit be still in your presence.

May my heart become quiet before You.

Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness.

Show me You are with me.

I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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