Our motherhood was never intended to carry the full weight of our identity. We are women and we are daughters. Mother is a title on top of what we’re originally called. - Becky Thompson
Walking through the forest of fear and anxiety is something most of us face though we don’t readily want to admit it. We feel alone and we’re too scared to acknowledge we need to ask for help. Or we think we must be going crazy and surely no one else in the world would ever have these thoughts so we never share them with anyone for fear of being judged.
Any of this sound familiar?
In today’s episode, we chat with bestselling author Becky Thompson where she shares her story of living with anxiety for most of her life and what led her to writing her latest book, Peace: Hope and Healing for the Anxious Momma’s Heart. We dive deep into where our identity is rooted and how we can be heart, mind and soul healthy even when living with anxiety. Becky is married to Jared; they have 3 kids and she has written several amazing books addressing all things life, marriage and motherhood. She is the founder of the Midnight Mom Devotional, an online community of over 1-million women worldwide connecting together through nightly prayer. If you’ve ever felt the weight of anxiety in your life, you’ll definitely want to tune in!
Quotes I loved:
Our motherhood was never intended to carry the full weight of our identity. We are women and we are daughters. Mother is a title on top of what we’re originally called.
God has not forgotten about who you are, He has not forgotten about the dreams in your heart even outside of motherhood. As you come to him he doesn’t just address your motherhood, he addresses you as his daughter. When you remember who you are as his daughter, all the other titles that you wear, including being a mom, just make more sense.
We were not intended to only be ‘mother’. We were intended to first be ‘woman’.
We remember who we are as women as our children step a little further away from us. That’s the tension and the pain of motherhood.
We are too scared to say what we are feeling afraid of as Christian women because we don’t want to address what that fear says about our faith.
My brokenness might look differently from your brokenness, but that does not disqualify me from being a woman full of faith.
Women need to know that getting the actual help that you need is okay.
There is an opportunity for you to have an encounter with Jesus and you get to decide if you are going to step into that encounter or not.
In this conversation, we covered:
Leaning into our faith during the hard moments of motherhood
Remembering our core identity as ‘woman’
Anxiety in life and in motherhood
How we can know we have peace in seasons of struggle and grief
Aspects of Becky’s newest book and why she believes it’s for all mothers
Not comparing our journey to healing with others because we are all healed in different ways
Knowing we need practical coping tools when we’re experiencing anxious moments
Being honest with ourselves and acknowledging when we need to ask for help
Connect with Becky here:
Facebook- Midnight Mom Devotional
Books by Becky:
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