A Blessing for the New Year

pull up a chair
sit by the light
feel the ground beneath you
rest in the stillness of this moment.

Let this blessing meet you today
as we turn to a new year
and look back
giving thanks.

Know this blessing
walked with you
in the early mornings and late nights
the nursing sessions and packing lunches
the carpool line
at the kitchen counter and the dining room table
the doctor’ office and the school halls
playdates, family meals, and walks
in filling out paperwork and waiting for answers
this blessing never left your side.

Know this blessing
found you in your scribbled notes
the paper, pen, and google docs
the blank canvas
the thread and fabric
paint and paintbrush.

This blessing
wove through your days
nestled in your fingers
warmed your heart.

This blessing saw it all
heard it all
felt it all
joy, grief, gratitude, awe, sadness, hope
and it’s ready for whatever is to come.

This blessing is here to make you feel
safe, known, encouraged, and loved
and this blessing is here now
to tell you,
you are enough
it’s looking you in the eye
grabbing your hands
and seeing you, a beautiful creation
created in love.

//  This post is part of a blog hop with Exhale—an online community of women pursuing creativity alongside motherhood, led by the writing team behind Coffee + Crumbs. Click here to view the next post in the series "Cheers!"

// If these words inspired you, you'll enjoy my forthcoming book The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years that releases March 21st. With scripture, stories, prayers, and practices, The Beauty of Motherhood provides mothers with refreshment and the reminder that they are not alone as they mother. I co-wrote the book with my dear friend, Erin Strybis. 

This book will make a great baptism gift to encourage new moms in your congregation or community. If you host a new moms' group, the books could be a resource for a multi-week group study. What's more, a group of grandparents may be interested in buying devotionals to share with their daughters or daughters in law to encourage them in their faith and mothering.