My son, Aiden, LOVES to dress up. Firefighter, Construction worker, Batman, Superhero, Daniel Tiger, Football player…the list could take up the rest of this blog, but we will stop there. Lately, he’s gotten a little, ahem, creative in his dress up.
Every cowboy obviously needs a scuba mask along with a Mickey light up sword. And every T-rex needs a batman mask, safety goggles, and…a Mickey light up sword. Usually the sword accompanies all these unique ensembles, but it bit the dust last week in a sword fight with Daddy.
When I snapped these photos, I couldn’t help but think that the outfits reflect a bit of identity crisis. This Mama can relate.
It’s so easy for me to get caught up in being a Mama.
The night wakings, breastfeeding, temperature taking, meal prepping, dish washing, lack of showering/shaving/hair washing…the joy in seeing my children overcome a challenge, the delight in seeing them be kind to others, the celebration of healthy eating with a good attitude, the wonder of how much they have grown.
In the daily grind, it’s easy for me to get caught up in being a Mama, and forget who I am.
In the past, I have put my identity in many things-vegan, runner, teacher, bookworm…when I became a Mama, I discovered that motherhood can be all encompassing, all consuming.
I am a mother, but my identity is not in my motherhood. It’s not in being a crunchy/granola Mama, or how long I breastfeed my child. It’s not in my occupation, the food I eat, or the exercise I participate in.
My identity is a daughter of the King. Beloved. Fearfully and wonderfully made (despite my hairy legs.) Created in His image.
My identity is that I am chosen. Bought with a price. A Treasure of the Most High.
And this is your identity too, Mamas!
Take a moment to pause and listen to to who Jesus says you are today. Ask Him to be the firm foundation of your identity. I’ve found that when I am secure in who I am, I mother with more grace, patience, and love.
In what do you find yourself placing your identity? What truths do you need to be reminded of today?
Truths taken from the following verses: Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:27, I Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 John 3:1-2