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May 10, 2011 / Jessica Turner

The Dreamer’s Note.

Yesterday was my first day alone with Gabriel and Liberty.

Mondays are rough for us as The Dreamer and I juggle the kids while I teach ballet and he teaches Spanish. We do not see each other until 8:30pm when he returns from teaching and by that point yesterday I was a bit of a mess. All I remember saying to him last night was through tears about how Liberty seemed to scream all day and I even screamed at Gabriel…I felt guilty and like I had totally failed.

This morning he left me a note. I thought I’d share it as maybe someone else needed to hear it too. And yes, The Dreamer really is this amazing…

Jess,

I was praying this morning for you and the kids and this day and the Lord began to speak to me concerning the transition with the new baby. I was praying that it would not be hard or stressful and God corrected me. He reminded me of James 1:2-4 that says “…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

He began to show me that if child rearing was easy than it would not produce the glory that it should. Part of that glory is the character development in us. Great women and mothers had to make this same transition and it wasn’t any easier than it is for us. Difficulty, however, does not mean burdensome or stressful. I believe this is one of the reasons you were created and if that is true than God gives the grace to do it.

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  1. Brandy / May 10 2011 11:35 am

    Take hear mommy, the.dreamer is right! All mommys experience these trials. Consider it a right of passage as much as a test of faith. I had a baby with colic that started at 3 weeks and lasted for 5 months. It was not only trying to the point of madness but also totally heart breaking to watch the suffering, powerless to help. I too found myself losing control, crying, yelling, isolating myself more and more. It does get easier with time and you will find what works best for you and yours. Trust your mommy instincts and keep your heart open to Gods peace and comfort. Mistakes and trials are inevitable. What’s important is the lesson and the strength you gain from each and how you use them to better yourself! Prayers going out for you and yours!

  2. Ashley / May 10 2011 1:17 pm

    I hear ya on that! And yay for supportive husbands. It is so challenging, especially as you add children to the family. We now have four, three of which are almost 5 and under. So there is lots of opportunity for character development 😉 I wish I could say it gets easier, but it doesn’t. The challenges only change. Also, please cut yourself some slack…hormones and sleep deprivation are a nasty combination. But surely God will give what you need to be more than a conqueror. Take help whenever it’s offered. If some kind person offers you a break, take it and run! That’s one thing I think we miss in the culture we live in…the sharing in community, the helping and the training. I could say so much about that. But I have already left one ginormous comment…so…keep going. You are going to finish well!

  3. Momma Bartlett / May 10 2011 2:58 pm

    Tears of thankfulness for a husband who hears from God and a daughter who receives so graciously! Hear hear on all the comments! Love you all so much!

  4. Missy Windon / May 10 2011 7:45 pm

    Just beautiful, Jess. So sweet….

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