I spent my first maternity leave praying for a miracle. My second in dread of having to go back. My third was different…very different. See, going into it I resolved to enjoy every moment.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10
God wants us to enjoy our lives! Right here, right now, on this earth, in this lifetime. Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy.
I let him steal my peace during my first two maternity leaves. There was always something “hanging over my head”. I was not going to let him do that with my third!
So (with some nudging of the Holy Spirit) I decided to see my maternity leave like it was a sabbatical. A special time, for a special purpose. It had a beginning and an end. It was meant to fill me up, refresh my soul, and send me back out in the world ready to face whatever comes!
I resolved that I would not think about going back to work with dread, but rather with anticipation. I was not going to waste a minute of my wonderful maternity leave with negative thoughts of the future. Because I was determined to enjoy going back to work too!
I won’t say that I was perfect at it. There were some moments of testing, moments of failure. But I can say, it was 100% the best maternity leave ever. I enjoyed my time with my daughter. But I also enjoy my time back at work.
Lean in, embrace it. Resolve to enjoy every moment of every day.
“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b