The tempest comes barreling in through treetops, twisting and breaking branches, and sending small nests to the wet green below.  Mother robin emerges rain soaked, pulling small sticks, twine and old Christmas tree glitter from the wreckage to build again.  She is a good mother.


Storm after storm she rebuilds and secures her nest never resting, never complaining, simply doing the next right thing.


Day after day, storm after storm, hatchling after hatchling she moves with stealth speed to accomplish her job in her short time in life.


If she if afraid she sings herself brave, just as the morning star slowly opens the curtains to its bedchamber and bring in the new day.


Brave little robin of spring she is.


Snakes try to slither up the tree to take the lives she cares for, only to find themselves a tasty meal for her little ones.


Motherhood – this messy, sleep deprived, personal goal-interrupting mission from God.  We will never hear the applause this hard a job deserves.  Never will we find wealth from this mission field.


Never again will we have a small waistline, or a closet full of the latest fashion, or clothes without mystery stains, or houses that can stay completely clean for more than five minutes.


Those are things the world will tell you “good moms” achieve – But I’m telling you it is a lie.


_MG_4734It is our jobs as mothers to stand in the storm and fight for our children for our homes and for our marriages (because healthy marriages help produce healthy children).  If we don’t write anything worthy of Christianity Today or Readers Digest but we teach our family to care for those in front of us, then, we have fought the good fight with bravery – and We Are Good Mothers!


If the storms bend us down breaking part of our lives and sending it crashing into the grassy knoll, but, we again pick up the pieces and sing God’s praises for another day in the early light of day; then, we have fought the good fight with bravery – and We Are Good Mothers!


It is the woman who disregards political correctness, and popular opinion of others and lives with joy in the now, is the woman who has found the joy of the Lord.  This is the woman who can smile in her older age because she was brave in the everyday.


We only get so many rides around the morning star – put your hands in the air and live brave.


Linking today with Lisa-Jo Baker






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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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