There are some hilarious graphic tees out there about mom life. But some of them speak to a less than awesome side. Some might even portray a negative light on motherhood. Is motherhood always easy? For goodness sakes, NO! But it's a privilege, whether we came to it biologically, through adoption, through blended families, or whatever - motherhood is incredible.
Part of my mission here at My Joy in Chaos has always been to help women see that while life can be crazy and make us want to pull our hair out it's also so wonderful. We have been chosen for these little people, picked for this time, in this place. We need to shine His light and remember that we are called to this.
So without further ado, here are 20+ shirts that can help us spread light and love as we embrace our role as mothers, chaos coordinators, and teachers of the next generation. Click the title of the shirt or the picture of it to get taken to where you can buy it for yourself - or leave it in your cart as a hint to your hubby ;)
I think this shirt was secretly made just for me. It's basically the motto around here! My sister gave me this shirt for Christmas and it inspired me to see what other awesome and positive motherhood shirts were available. After all, there will always be chaos so let's embrace it and choose joy because God is good!
Again, I want to choose joy. Not because life is easy or I'm always happy. Joy is a fruit of the spirit, not an emotion. I can be joyful because of Him.
Some days can feel overwhelming and we simply need a reminder that He who is for us is greater than he who is against us. Not today, Satan. God's got me.
So incredibly blessed to be a mama and a wife!
Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. Psalm 127:3-5
This is me, all day, every day. It's rare for my hair to be down and even when I want it down, I end up throwing it up because it's nearly impossible to get anything done when my hair won't stay out of my way. Messy bun is where it's at - and a whole lotta Jesus!
I heard a speaker recently that said her prayer each day is to need Jesus more than she needs coffee. Amen! But I still really love coffee and love my time sipping coffee while spending time with Jesus.
I will consider my life a success if my children choose to follow Jesus. I want to live a life that inspires them to chase after our Savior.
The Proverbs 31 woman is an excellent example for us to follow. She uses her gifts and talents from the Lord to provide for her family. Proverbs 31:25 says, "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Let us be that woman!
Prayer is the strongest weapon I have for my kids. I can't force them to choose a life with Christ, but I can pray for them and that's better than anything else. I pray for their hearts, I pray for their minds, I pray for their choices, their friends, and their future spouses. I am a praying mom.
God loves us with an everlasting love. He calls us His. We are beloved by God. Wow.
Before we run off and start making plans, before we jump in and try to fix things, we must first pray. Our gut reaction is not always the right choice. That idea we have might not be what God wants. Or it might be exactly what He wants! But first, pray.
There is good in every single day. Even in the midst of hardship, God is still there. Even in heartache or pain, God is still there, and there is still good. Find it, embrace it, and thank God for it.
Repeat, every day. I love waking up in the morning with a song of praise on my lips. It doesn't happen every day but those days when I wake up singing or praying seem to go so much better because I'm getting out of bed focused on Jesus. And love - it's what we are called to do. We aren't called to make millions or build skyscrapers or something else on a huge scale. We are called to love those around us. Period. Wake, pray, love, repeat.
I am only who I am because of grace. God loved me enough to have Jesus die for me. It is by grace alone that I can claim I am His and do the work He has called me to do.
This may be from a George Michael song but the statement is no less true. Without faith, I can't believe. "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1. I am certain that God is working all things together for good. I can't see what He's doing all the time. I don't always understand (I usually don't understand!) but my faith is certain that there is a greater purpose to it all.
Ah, Bon Jovi. This song always makes me think of ab work at the dance studio but that doesn't mean I can't put this phrase into practice. I'm living life on a prayer. I need to be praying, simply talking to God, all through my day.
I am loved. I am enough. I am enough for God; I am enough for my kids. Boom, done.
This is the life I have. This is the life God has blessed me with. It's simple and loud and occasionally makes me want to run away screaming, but I love it. I can't spend my days dreaming of another life because then I'd miss all the amazing parts of this one - and there are billions of amazing parts.
When trouble comes I can wallow in self pity, think on all the negative things swirling around me, or I can choose hope. When my kids make a less than awesome decision and I need to call them on it, I can pray and choose hope that they will see the error in their ways. When the numbers in the budget aren't adding up I can toss the whole thing aside and ignore it or choose hope that trusting God with our finances is the right thing to do - even when it doesn't make sense.
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes." Psalm 37:7
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
In this crazy, fast paced, rush, rush, rush, world we need this reminder - over and over and over. Be still. Be still. Be still.
So many incredible shirts out there! I already had several of these on my Amazon wish list or sitting in my cart at DaySpring and Cents of Style but now I think I'll need to add a few more after doing this post! These would make great Mother's Day gifts so pass on the word or buy one for the amazing moms in your life!