Day 1 “The Invitation” | The Mommy Devotional

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but God is saying “come to me”. He is inviting you to experience His peace, for He is “our oasis”! Lay your burdens, your mommy guilt, your stress, your overwhelm at His feet, allowed Him to refresh your life, and replace what you’ve been trying to control with His ways! 

I remember when I’d reached my breaking point!

I got completely overwhelmed. After unsuccessfully trying to rock my daughter to sleep for over 2 hours (one of my triggers), I gave my daughter to my husband, went into the bathroom, closed the door and fell to my knees…sobbing! You know that cry that comes from the pit of your inner most being? Lawd!

It wasn’t just the rocking of my daughter that got to me.  It was everything that was seemingly not working… all the projects I couldn’t complete, all the time I didn’t have, all the support I felt was lacking, all the talk without the results… I felt so defeated… as a mom, in my business, in life… it was painful.

I remember crying out to God like “This is too much”! I’m like, “why would You call me to be a mom for me to feel like this”?

What was I missing? I’m like, “God, If You don’t take over I’m not gonna make it”!!!

That was the moment I accepted the invitation! That was the moment I dropped it all off in His presence! That was my moment of surrender… truly and completely! I’d finally let go of control, and over the next few months got super intentional about joining my life with His!  

You may be thinking, “Reese, But how did you join your life with His”? Girl, simple! I Spent time with Him… EVERY DAY! I got up early, did my devotions, prayed, and ended with a 21 day mediation (which I still do today). I Spent time in His word. I Spent a whole lot of time in worship. I Spent time asking, knocking and receiving!

I stopped making spending time with God some big overwhelming “to-do”. It became a delight to spend time with Him! Sometimes I think we overcomplicate things, which I believe to be a distraction. God simply wants us to come to Him and spend time with Him, and as we do we’ll realize that He’s “gentle, and easy to please”!

Next, I took the time to learn His ways!  The mommy systems and strategies that I use and teach, aren’t just things I created, I truly believe they are divine! God showed me a blueprint (His ways), and each time I apply what He’s showed me… with every nudge to take action no matter how wild or small…it’s always spot on! 

In learning His ways, I had to unlearn my ways! Y’all… that process is…. ummm… yea!!! I’m still unlearning, and dismantling limiting beliefs;  cancelling everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of Who God says I am!!!! 

Momma what about you? Ever felt overwhelmed as a mom? Burnt out? How about mom guilt? Are you in need of REST? Yup, I know girl! I know you know!

I’m almost 99% sure that if you’re reading this you can totally relate! The question is will you accept the invitation to experience the oasis of God’s presence, exchanging your burden for His rest? The rest that brings peace, clarity…. direction! Whew!!!! Are you ready to join your life with His,  learn His ways, and allow Him to refresh your life? “For all that God requires of you will be pleasant and easy to bear”!

The Choice is yours!

I encourage you to spend some time with God, today! As you reflect on today’s verse and listen to today’s worship, what is God saying to you? How does this apply to your journey as a mom? 

 

 

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3 Simple Ways to Survive Self Quarantine as a NEW MOM | #momlife

LAWD! Moms, Y’all good? During this whole COVID crisis, I’ve had so many emotions, and today I’m sharing 3 things that are helping me to survive self quarantine! Whether you’re a new mom, expecting mom or connected to a mom… this video is sure to be helpful!

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9 completely Normal Things New Moms Experience

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5 Wardrobe Essentials For The Mom On The Go (Quarantine Friendly) |#Newmoms

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Behind the Scenes | 2 Things I’m Committed to As a #Mommypreneur

Okay sooooo, this past week hubby and I watched the show “Love is Blind” on Netflix!! Did you see it? No? Do yourself a favor and catch it during this COVID19 lockdown. You will not be disappointed.

Anyway…

I saw Vanessa Lachey (she hosted the show with her hubby Nick) and immediately thought of this Christmas movie, A Twist of Christmas. She was some sort of reporter and had an opportunity to interview a best selling author who was the face of “managing it all/you can have it all” for moms! Yes, this man was the “expert” on keeping all things at home in order. Crazy!!! Lol

During this interview, she mentioned how she felt like somewhat of a failure because she hadn’t been able to keep up with all that he spoke about in his book. She felt like her life wasn’t together, especially as a single mom with a career!

Then it happened… the author slipped up and shared his secret to success! He goes “Oh, I have people for all of that…He has:

🗣 a maid

🗣 a cook

🗣 nanny

🗣 an assistant…etc

Lawd! A whole lie!  This man wrote a whole book as if he were doing it all, when in reality he had people working behind the scenes for him! Y’all, I was feeling some sort of way… yelling at the screen with all my black girl magic! 🗣😂

Okay! I know it’s just a movie, but man oh man, did it give me some serious perspective!

2 things:

1. Don’t compare to others. (Obvi, but I needed the reminder)

In the movie, Vanessa felt like a failure because she couldn’t keep up with the ideals/lifestyle put forth in that best selling book. But how many of us as women/moms/mommypreneurs feel like failures/”less than”  because we feel that we can’t keep up with our counterparts based solely on what we see posted on social media? I know I did at one point! I follow a lot of influencers who are also moms, and Before Dream got here I thought I could manage my life/time/business the same way they did. 

Not only was I wrong,but I soon realized as I got into the “thick of it” and actually had to raise Dream, not many spoke of their challenges. Yes, some shared an “it’s challenging” post here and there, but the images seemed so perfect I thought there was no way that they could relate to my situation. For a moment, I felt alone in this mommypreneur space. Not fun. Thank God for my people who swooped in and quickly got me together!

Comparison kills in every area of life! And for me, comparing what I’m able to do in this season with what I see others doing, isn’t wise! God has graced me to live MY LIFE, not theirs. So with that, when I see others going on vacations, or other mommypreneurs who are traveling/speaking/hosting/ living baby free,  and showing up in life and business differently than I am… I cannot compare. Their “behind the scenes” isn’t the same as mine and that’s okay! Whether they decide to share what’s happening behind the scenes or not, it’s none of my business.  I still celebrate! I truly want us ALL to win, however, I don’t live my life trying to keep up!

“God has called and graced me to live MY LIFE, not theirs”

 

2. Be REAL and authentic with your platform/message/story

As I’m sharing more of what it’s like for me to be A WHOLE MOM, who is also building her empire… I have to be real!

🗣It’s fun at times, and other times it’s EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING!

🗣I get it right some days, and other days… Lord Help Me😭😂

I’m here to use my journey, my story (Lessons learned and victories), to empower other mommas who are building as well! I love pretty pictures, and I’m pretty good with sprinkling my words with just the right amount of sparkle to keep up appearances. But is that impact as God designed?

The word says “His power is made perfect in my weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). So when we share our story… those authentic, imperfect parts of us that won’t fit behind an Instagram filter… I truly believe God’s power shows up in a mighty way!

So I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’m living what I share.

I don’t have a maid, a cook, or an assistant, but I do have:

🗣 Perspective

🗣 A voice

🗣 A story

🗣and the passion to help myself and other women in my shoes OWN everything God has for us!

My “behind the scenes” is front and center!

Reese