Motherhood is a Prayer Breathed Out

Something I believe. . .⁣

Motherhood is⁣
Weighty and wonderful,⁣
Sometimes monotonous and boring,⁣
But also exciting and spontaneous,⁣
While being grievous and frustrating. ⁣
It’s both stretching and structured,⁣
Straightforward and confusing,⁣
Tiresome and energizing,⁣
Painful and healing,⁣
Draining and lifegiving,⁣
Hopeful and despairing.⁣


It’s playing⁣
the long game⁣
Though your finish line will likely⁣
Come before theirs;⁣
Knowing their race⁣
Is theirs alone to run⁣
And you are just⁣
the coach.⁣


It’s trusting ⁣
that their numbered days,⁣
No matter the length,⁣
Will count for something;⁣
That our minutes, hours, days, nights,⁣
Months, years, decades of⁣
will lead to them ⁣
Laying ⁣
Down their lives⁣


It’s believing⁣
None of it’s wasted.⁣
None of it’s wasted.⁣
None of it’s wasted.⁣

Motherhood is ⁣
A prayer breathed out,⁣
A life living out:⁣

Each of them ⁣
is worth it.⁣

All of this⁣
is worth it.⁣


Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved [rest].

Psalm 127:1-2


Copyright © 2023 Ashley Holston

Ashley Holston was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and she now resides in Maryland with her college sweetheart husband, as well as their 4 kids—2 boys, 2 girls, and a tiebreaker baby on the way! She is a homeschooling mama who, when not teaching or shuttling kids to activities, loves to read, write, spend time with family and friends, and participate in the life of her local church. You can follow Ashley’s musings on faith, motherhood, and everyday living on her blog, on the way home, as well as on her Instagram page, @ashleydholston.

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1 Comment

  1. Colle jemibewon on 16 September 2023 at 7:33 pm

    This articulates the complex thing called motherhood so well. I just read it 3 times. So good!

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