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Rapt Motherhood is a blog for Christian moms who are striving to look to Jesus, giving Him their rapt attention in all things.  My name is Allyson and I’m a wife to a bearded man, stay at home mama to a crazy toddler, and currently pregnant with our newest addition.

 

God gave me a wake-up call when I became a mom to a toddler in May 2017.  I hoped and dreamed of becoming a mother for several years, and God graciously blessed us with a son through adoption.  

 

Becoming a mother is not for the faint of heart – instantly becoming a mother to a toddler adds a whole new level of craziness!  Adoption parenting and trauma parenting were exhausting and lonely. I found myself in tears every day for the first two months. Although God grew my love for my son and my son’s love for me, I still lacked motivation and joy.

 

Thankfully, God placed an adoptive mother in my life who pointed me back to the Gospel.  I needed to understand my purpose as a mother, so, over the next few months, I read more about gospel-centered parenting and Biblical joy.  During that time, I learned how important it is to keep my eyes fixed solely on Christ. He deserves our rapt attention!

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

God convicted me of all the things that were consuming my attention.  I found myself continually trying to put other things above God. Social media, anxiety, family, my home, and status took over the throne of my heart.  God gives some of these as good gifts, but I needed to recognize the Giver as Holy, perfect, and the only one deserving of praise. I am a wife and mother, but my identity must be placed in Christ.

 

I’m so happy that you are here, joining me on this journey as we strive to seek Christ first, even in the seemingly mundane aspects of motherhood.

 

If you don’t quite understand what it means to look to Jesus, giving Him your rapt attention in all things, I suggest that you start reading here.

 

Otherwise, here are some other popular posts that I pray encourage you to keep your eyes on Christ.

  1. Simple Toddler Schedule for a Christian Stay at Home Mom
  2. Three Tips for the Introverted Mother Struggling to Maintain Her Sanity
  3. My Early Miscarriage Story and Journey to Motherhood
  4. Mary and Martha: How to Show Hospitality as an Introvert
  5. Meekness Defined: Trusting God’s Sovereignty in All Circumstances

 

I’ve also had the privilege of speaking on the Collective Perspective podcast about the topic of adoption.  Click if you want to hear more of our family’s story, how adoption relates to the gospel, and how you can support adoptive families.

 

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