Diary of a Hot Mess Mama has been a blessing to me, a ministry to other parents, a platform for growth, and, most importantly, a way for me to glorify God. This has been my baby, my mission, and my passion. I checked the stats today, as I do once a week, and discovered that this blog has been read in 14 different countries during the month of November.
I teared up. This is big for me and moves my heart more than I can possibly convey. There are people in 14 countries being encouraged by and exposed to the gospel. There are 3,858 people who follow Hot Mess Mama’s Instagram page and 1,013 people who follow the Facebook page.
This blog started as an outlet for me to write. I never dreamed it would grow into something else altogether. I am thrilled. I am humbled. I am motivated and driven to continue to share God’s goodness with even more people.
This morning I really didn’t feel like walking. I did not feel like going out in the cold to get some movement in before I prepare for my mother’s birthday party. I did it anyway. After eating way too much junk last night, I told myself to stop ditching myself!
So often I make plans with myself or time for myself and then I flake. It’s disgusting. I have been a terrible date, a terrible friend, and a real jerk to myself. So, today, I decided to bundle up and walk anyway. Why is this relevant? I’m getting there, I promise.
My progress with this blog, this ministry has been comprised of a series of small decisions and consistent effort. Some days I get no blog comments or post likes. Some weeks my stats kind of suck, but I do not stop. I made a commitment to continue this and that commitment has started to pay off.
My progress may seem small, but when I remember sitting on the red couch in our old singlewide (yes, girl, I was a proud, trailer park queen 👑) in 2017 to free-write on WordPress, I am in awe. Today I walked nearly two miles when I didn’t even want to walk to the end of the driveway to check the mail.
When I push myself to make the decisions that best support the direction I want to go, I am NEVER disappointed. When I choose my goal over my own level of motivation, it pays off. It is easy to get wrapped up in what is easy and to live out our motherhood years in complete survival mode. Some days, my darling, I know that is the best we can do.
It is easy to put your goal on the back burner because you’re exhausted from being a parent or a spouse. It is easy to forget your dream because it is inconvenient to your already packed schedule. BUT…WHAT IF WE STOPPED CHOOSING WHAT WAS EASY?
What if we saw our bodies, our time on earth, and our relationships as opportunities. What if we counted them as blessings? What if we used them to not only glorify God, but to show Him our gratitude? What if we stopped ditching ourselves?
Mama, I love you and I think you are so amazing no matter what you do with your time. I see you. I know it is tough and you are so tired. I know things seem impossible or you believe you can make time later, but I encourage you to walk anyway. Make time anyway. Make the small decision now that will be the foundation of your success later. Do it anyway in any way, just do it! Be consistent. The person waiting on you needs you. Show up for her. ❤
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1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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