Worth Getting Wet

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Did you know, getting wet in the storms of life isn’t all bad?

Why?

Because there are those like Peter that dare to go beyond the ordinary routines of life and escape the endless circle of doing the same thing wildly expecting a different result.

There are brave Peter’s in this world that embrace unpredictable waters each and everyday, continually getting out of their boat into the waves of endless blowing demands, screams of lightning and a growing thunder of insecurity.

These Peter warriors are women, brave, stubborn, loving and so very human.

Sometimes, we are tired, exhausted, lost and sinking fast only to be resued by the very One who called us to this place in our lives.

We are to get wet because it’s worth it. Our kids are worth it.

It’s worth getting wet because we are His daughters.

It’s worth getting wet because we were called by God to be a mom…not always dry and comfortable…and that is ok.

[tweetthis]We were called by God to be a mom…not always dry and comfortable…and that is ok. [/tweetthis]

Being a mom of three, very active young boys, bath time in our house is a foundational daily routine and sometimes a twice-daily occurrence. Moms of boys know that dirt and boys go together like peanut butter and jelly. Fortunate for me, my boys love to collect live and deceased insects, nuggets from their nose, treasures from other noses, and of course “really cool things I found” objects that cannot be identified. Science projects enter my laundry room that have been stored in dirt-saturated pockets for safe-keeping along with candy found who knows where containing who knows what. Perhaps I should clarify – cleaning their rooms, bracing to prepare the laundry to be washed and suiting up for bath time are all three routine yet somewhat fearful events for both my husband and myself. In the words of Forrest Gump, “You never know what you’re gonna get.” So true buddy. Thanks for the heads-up!

At our house, bath time is traditionally celebrated after dinner has been successfully prepared, served, enjoyed (at least by the parents), table cleaned and the aftermath washed away. To be clear, by the time baths roll around, my mommy body is done, yet my brain is motivated by the reality that bedtime – my favorite moment of the night – is just around the corner.

Before filling the tub with water and corralling my little minions for their doom, I first must prepare to get wet. I have never experienced the ability to wash even one of our children without attracting water in some form or fashion. Preparation includes a quick change of clothes (unless dinner has already left a stain or two, in which case getting a bit wet may in fact help the situation), shoes and socks off, watch removal (even if it claims to be waterproof let me tell you, boys add chemicals to water that has claimed the brave lives of several of my sport swatches – it’s just not worth it!) and definitely proper storage of the ever-popular yet needed mommy smartphone. If someone calls during bath time, they will leave a message. Why? Because mommy is getting wet in battle and you would be incredibly brave to test me right now. Good day to you too.

With the ages of our boys at present, I am fortunate to be able to squeeze all three kids into the tub at the same time, even allowing for wiggle and jiggle room! Starting out by choosing our song playlist, we begin to sing the karaoke theme for the bath night – songs ranging from “This Little Light Of Mine” to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Sometimes, mommy even goes completely off the routine and raps out lyrics featuring each child on the fly. The boys have the drop beat down and it is truly bobbing heads and smiles all around.

For me, I start with washing the hair, rinse in order to prevent the “no-tear” formulated shampoo from entering our boys eyes. I still haven’t found a shampoo that my boys tolerate around the eyes! Cleaning off one squeaky and slippery boy body at a time, I sometimes feel like I’m back at the kitchen sink washing dishes in a row, the next slightly bigger than the last. Sometimes the older two boys switch places without me catching on and it doesn’t throw me until I realize someone shrank, big time. Like I mentioned before – bedtime is right around the corner.

Upon disembarking the war zone, I greet each of my boys with a huge towel and then I have my cherished mommy moment while holding them tight as long as they allow me to do so. I’ve found the older they get, the shorter this time becomes. Soon, all three monkeys are out of the tub, hopefully dried and my older two are busy finding clothes to sleep in (I’m always surprised at the nightly traditional mismatched pajama fashion show). As I’m changing and dressing our youngest, I mentally asses my wetness. Some nights are a complete loss. Other nights I only have one main wet spot from holding each of our kids close to my heart. That wet spot is worth preparing for and truthfully, worth getting wet for any night in my book.

Some things in life are worth getting wet for. Can you relate?

Wear your wet spot with pride dear mom, for they will soon crawl out of this boat too.

Why?

To walk on the water…just like you

headed right for Him.

[tweetthis]As moms we want our kids to walk on the water…just like us and headed right for Him. [/tweetthis]

You are loved right where you are. This time indeed has a purpose. Dare to get wet and don’t be too quick to dry it off either.

 

So…where is your ocean voyage headed? I’d love to learn what lesson God is teaching you right now!Β 

 

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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22 thoughts on “Worth Getting Wet

  1. Aw, this is so sweet, Bethany! I loved snuggling my girls on my lap right after they got out of the tub. Mamas have the most difficult yet most rewarding job ever.

  2. Remembering bath time last night and the splashes and squirms of my littlest lovelies. I do the hair last, letting them play for awhile before the work part begins. I may try it your way. Encouraged by your words…especially this “It’s worth getting wet because we are His daughters.” Love that so much. I’m visiting today from #TellHisStory

  3. Bethany, love this post my friend. Your post reminded me of all the ways we use water throughout a day. That water reminds me daily of my Baptism; of the Baptismal waters that God called and claimed me in; claims us all in. I am not sure who said this but someone is quoted as saying “When you wash your face, remember your Baptism.”

  4. Bethany, laughing while reading this precious post. I’m a mother of two boys, well, one is counting the days till he is an official teenager, I am not . Life is too short to not get wet, and God has been showing me Peter’s example of learning to focus on Him and to not freak out over the water as well.

  5. LOVED this post, Bethany! I could just picture you on your knees with your 3 little ones in the bath tub – and singing to the tops of your lungs! So sweet! I watch – with awe – as my youngest daughter feeds or cares for her 3 little ones: two boys, ages 4 and 2; and an 8-month old girl. I am always amazed at how she manages to get places with all three; and – well, let’s just say dinnertime with them is a real HOOT!! Her 2-year old is physically challenged, so isn’t walking yet; and the baby isn’t quite yet crawling…but the DO get around!

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with the kiddos, and your calling as a Mom!!

    • Barbara – What a blessing you must be in their lives! I can imagine how excited the kids are to have you there for dinner! Blessings all yours my friend!!

  6. LOVED this post, Bethany! I could just picture you on your knees with your 3 little ones in the bath tub – and singing to the tops of your lungs! So sweet! I watch – with awe – as my youngest daughter feeds or cares for her 3 little ones: two boys, ages 4 and 2; and an 8-month old girl. I am always amazed at how she manages to get places with all three; and – well, let’s just say dinnertime with them is a real HOOT!! Her 2-year old is physically challenged, so isn’t walking yet; and the baby isn’t quite yet crawling…but the DO get around!

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with the kiddos; and your calling by God to be a Mom!

  7. LOVED this post, Bethany! I could just picture you on your knees with your 3 little ones in the bath tub – and singing to the tops of your lungs! So sweet! I watch – with awe – as my youngest daughter feeds or cares for her 3 little ones: two boys, ages 4 and 2; and an 8-month old girl. I am always amazed at how she manages to get places with all three; and – well, let’s just say dinnertime with them is a real HOOT!! Her 2-year old is physically challenged, so isn’t walking yet; and the baby isn’t quite yet crawling…but the DO get around!

    Appreciate your sharing a piece of your life with the kiddos; and your calling by God to be a Mom!

  8. I loved reading this Bethany! My three boys are older teens, but I remember those days well. And yes, they are so worth getting wet for, and getting dirty for, tired for, anxious for, stressed for — because we are so blessed to have them, aren’t we. πŸ™‚

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