Three gifts every mom needs

This is my third installment of gifts every mom needs (and can give herself).  No matter your budget, age, size, or hair color I can promise you that these gifts are a perfect fit!

In 2012, I shared a guest post on Mothering From Scratch and recommended that every mom give herself the gifts of Simplicity, Significance, and Perspective.

In 2013, I suggested that every mom give herself the gifts of Grace, Laughter, and Peace.

It’s 2014 and I’ve dreamed up three new gifts to give yourself.

three gifts for every mom

Gifts every mom needs

Give yourself the gift of thankfulness.

It seems obvious given that we’ve just finished a season of Thanksgiving, but it’s easy to forget that attitude of gratitude in the bustle and busy of Christmas.

Give yourself the gift of gratitude.

Take time to notice the little joys in your life – the snowflakes that sparkle on your child’s eyelashes, the beauty of the last red leaf of autumn in a gray landscape, the smell of coffee.  Your thankfulness is the perfect antidote to the season epidemic of “gimme gimme.”

Give yourself the gift of hope.

Hope. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  An archaic definition includes the idea of trust.

Anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day with joyful expectation, not the weariness that comes from a too long list and a too small bank account.

Give yourself permission to experience the magic of Christmas through your child’s eyes.

Give yourself purpose.

You aren’t “just.”

The phrase “just a mom” or “just a wife” or “just a retail clerk” or “just a rocket scientist” has got to go. Whatever phrase you use –  the one that starts with “just” – has just got to go.

You are MORE.

So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:31)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

You have a unique set of gifts and abilities. You have a unique story. You have a unique purpose from God.

Never forget.

In this season of busy where we moms tend to give everything we have to others, we can’t forget to give ourselves a few gifts. Don’t save these until Christmas morning. Open them up anew each day.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Love the gifts for a busy mom – even one who has grown children and is retired and doesn’t have the same responsibilities as when the children were young. We still need these gifts – and appreciate your pointing that out to us…

  2. This is beautiful! I love what you said about being “just.” No one is ever “just”! We are each God’s individual creation, and we are loved. Thank you for sharing that!

    Anastasia Rose

  3. I’ll take them even though I’m not a busy mom any longer. Thankfulness | Hope | Purpose I am unwrapping them and clinging….xo

  4. Love the idea of giving yourself the gift of you. Apparently, we are not all just diaper changers and grilled cheese makers! 🙂

    • You are much much more than a diaper changer! You’re a daughter of the King of Kings. Never ever forget that. 🙂

      And I promise… you won’t change diapers forever. You won’t make grilled cheese forever. It will pass.

  5. I love how you say “Don’t save until Christmas. Open them anew each day!” How true! We forget to daily open those gifts we need the most. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Honestly, if I remembered to give myself these gifts each morning it would be the biggest gift I could ever give to my family. I NEED them daily. I need to be reminded of that more than I’d like.

  6. Thanks. I am unwrapping the gift of hope by granting myself permission to whimsical and silly this Christmas. Sometimes, you just need to play.

  7. thank you for this, I needed to hear that I am more! 🙂

  8. What a smashing idea! I receive those gifts and will nurture them.

  9. I love these gifts! I plan on give them to myself this very day–why wait for Christmas?

  10. “You aren’t ‘just’ ” Love this. I’m just about to leave full time out side of the home employment and I will once again be in the “just” spot. Thank you so much for this encouragement! Visiting from Woman2Woman

    • Carmen, I went back to work after both kids were born. I can still remember the empty “just” feeling when I left full time employment and stopped getting a paycheck. It was a tough transition. I had to draw closer to God and embrace the idea that my identity is based on WHOSE I am in Christ, not in who I am in the world.

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