“Hormone Raging Mother” Climbs Into Baby’s Crib: The Viral Story + The Mama Behind It (Giveaway Included!)
Biblical Encouragement for New Mothers
Maybe you’ve seen the Viral Story of the “Hormone Raging Mom” who climbed in her daughter’s crib after a story that tugged her heart to the core.
Nearly 3 years ago, I wrote those words.
God used some of the darkest times in my life while struggling with post-partum depression, to be a purposeful platform to give other moms, with similar struggles, light.
To show that in the hardest moments as a new mother, as we listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, something beautiful can be born through the pieces.
The words I wrote then, are just as true now:
“This was from several weeks back, yes, I climbed in the crib in hopes to soothe my screaming, teething, blushed faced, and tear soaked little girl. My husband came home to this, and I am re-posting because this captures the essence of my heart, and my “why…” There I was in the heat of this exhausting, beautiful thing we call parenthood, and I remembered a promise I made to her.
One of the first times Matt and I left Luella, was to a worship concert. At that conference, a missionary shared his story, and it shook me to the core. A moment that would forever be burned in my fragile, hormone raging, new mommy heart that had already become 100xs more fragile after meeting her.
That missionary was in an orphanage in Uganda, and he has been in many before, but this one was different. He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babes. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence. A sound that is beyond rare in ANY nursery, let alone a nursery where over 100 new babes laid. He turned to his host and asked her why the nursery was silent. Then, her response to him is something I will never, ever forget. EVER. This was my “why” moment.
She looked at him and said, “After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them…”
…They stop crying when they realize no one is coming for them. Not in 10 minutes, not in 4 hours, and maybe, perhaps, not ever…
I broke. I literally could have picked up pieces of my heart scattered about the auditorium floor, but instead, it stirred in me a longing, a hunger…a promise in my spirit.
We came home, and that night as Luella rested her tiny little 10lb body against mine as we rocked, I made a promise to her. A promise that I would always come to her.
At 2:00 am when pitiful desperate squeals come through a baby monitor, I will come to her.
Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there. We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it’s ok to feel. That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her.”
Looking back, in the midst of those days, the first days of being a new mom, God was pursuing my heart, just as I was pursuing my daughters…
In His Words that come alive through scripture where He promises to come to me.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” -John 14:18
In His Words that come alive through scripture where He leads me to Him when I’m overwhelmed.
“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” -Psalm 61:2
In His Words that come alive through scripture where He Guides me in the years of motherhood.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” -Isaiah 40:11
In His Words that come alive through scripture where He Shelters me.
“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
In His Words that come alive through scripture where He Reminds me.
“Children are a gift from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is His rewar.” -Psalm 127:3
In the Words that come alive through scripture where He Equpis me to raise them for battle.
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:4
In the Words that come alive through scripture where He Restores Hope
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23
In The Words that come alive through scripture where He calls ME HIS.
“You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” -Mark 1:11
I pray that this Biblical encouragement for new mothers and a glimpse inside my journey of postpartum helped you, and will continue to penetrate your heart in whatever season you find yourself in!
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We’re Matt and Dayna. Life Enthusiasts in the pursuit of a life enriched in God’s sustaining grace, empowering others to pursue the same. Two very imperfect people who wake up with bad breath, have days (sometimes weeks) of losing our patience, modeling to the world, each other, and our children, a life that points to Christ through our imperfection.
Most days you can find us chasing after our little heartbeats, Luella and Chase (4&2) This dynamic duo plays a big part in the heart behind The Pause Pursuit; a ministry empowering couples and families to slow down to pursue God and each other. In a media-saturated world, the comparison game is real, but so is real life. The Pause Pursuit is a safe place that combines the two. Where real life meets the sustaining power and pursuit of a real Jesus.
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