God's Provision for New Moms
Each woman who joins Little Legacies is in the same place—trying to figure out the same things none of us have encountered before, needing wisdom and guidance as we navigate all that comes with the new title we’ve been given.
I have the unusual designation of becoming of parent about 4.5 years before I became a mom. My stepdaughter was 5 when Chris and I got married, and so, despite all the years of parenting I had under my belt, it was daunting to realize how little of that carries over to life with a newborn.
But despite starting this whole parenting thing for the first time, two things didn't change: our need for Christ, and our need for community. Though these needs apply in every season of life for every believer, they are especially true for new moms. As first-time parents we learn in new ways to lean on Christ as our source of strength through struggles we’ve never faced before. We live in a world that tells us that the only thing that will help us survive the newborn phase is another cup of coffee. But as disciples we are learning that only God is our anchor in a sea of midnight feedings, sleep regression, and worry over developmental milestones.
As we learn how to lean on the Lord in this new season, we also lean in to each other. This is the beauty that Little Legacies helps with. Each woman who joins Little Legacies is in the same place—trying to figure out the same things none of us have encountered before, needing wisdom and guidance as we navigate all that comes with the new title we’ve been given. What a gift it has been to have women in my life who listen to me, understand me, encourage me, and point me to Jesus, in a way that only a person who has walked this road can. And what a unique joy to give space for the woman next to me to open up, share her heart, and truly become vulnerable.
Even though many of our new mom journeys are similar, it’s been amazing to see God’s provision for each unique woman within that circle. For me, the mom who has been a parent for years but is starting at the beginning she’s never experienced before, God provided another stepmom within our group. For another mom, doubly blessed with twins, God in his providence sent a mentor mom who had twins as well and knows the unique struggles. And we’ve seen in previous stories of Little Legacies that God sent a new foster mama a mentor mom who had walked the foster road as well. The stories don’t end there, but God’s faithfulness truly is something to behold.
Though we each have many similarities and differences as new moms, God provides for all our needs in his perfect wisdom. So we learn to lean on him and lean in to the community of women around us. And as we find our footing in the role of motherhood, we learn what we need to help our children thrive, grow to love the Lord in these new ways, and prepare to welcome other moms who are trying to find their place to rest.
Editor's Note: If you're a new mom with a baby six months old or younger, we want to help you with the unique challenges you're experiencing. Sign up for Little Legacies, a six-week group that builds connections with other new moms and experienced moms. Little Legacies begins on March 21.
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