my baby break: a guest post from moriah

guest-posts Hey, mamas (and any of you who might not be a mama, but love reading Kara-Kae's blog)! I'm Moriah and I'm super honored to be sharing my heart today while Kara-Kae is enjoying her new family of FIVE. For those of you who don't know me already, allow me to introduce myself: I am currently pursuing my passion as a stay-at-home-mom of two hilarious toddlers by day, and a lifestyle blogger and handmade business owner by night. I blog about faith, family, and creative inspiration at the always encouraging blog Moriah Makes. I have a heart for community, handmade, and living my potential by the glory of God. If you'd like to connect more, catch me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Nice to meet you!

As I was thinking of all the awesome emotions Kara-Kae must be going through right now (lucky her, this is the THIRD time she gets to enjoy her own fresh baby bundle), I was reminded of the day I first became a mom and experienced that love for the very first time.

I believe that the moment my first child, Josiah, was born, I was also born into something new and beautiful: a mother. I had always been Moriah the daughter, the sister, the friend, and, more recently, the wife — but never had I been Moriah the mother.

This new role came with many new responsibilities, new experiences, and new emotions. God put me in charge of another human being, to raise him up into a strong, Christian man. With that responsibility came a lot of pressure to succeed, but also a lot of thankfulness, for being chosen to serve such an important role, and in turn, be blessed with this unconditional love I never knew before.

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" 
(Isaiah 6:8)

That's what I always asked from God before becoming a parent: to use me. To "send me." Until I became a mother, I didn't realize that this is what He meant. Motherhood is where I've been called to serve. Motherhood is my mission field. Motherhood is my ministry. Isn't that a pretty awesome and fulfilling way to view this role God's given us? It's definitely what keeps me going on a daily basis, knowing who I'm called to serve, influence, and bless, in order to spread the Gospel.