BY MOMWISE OGECHI UCHEATU

Have you ever felt like everyone you know has a picture-perfect life? If you were asked to “CAPTION THIS PHOTO”, what would be the first thing that comes to your mind? A fit and happy wife? A handsome husband who loves his children? A beautiful home setting?

The growth in the use of social media has caused a lot of us to portray only the high points in our lives. But the reality is that life is not always perfect, and that’s okay, because “life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations” (Oliver Goldsmith).

What if I told you that behind every smile there is a story. A story of perseverance and strength.

As Wives and Mothers, I know that each of us at some point in our lives may have faced a challenge that required us to pull strength from God and trust in his unfailing power. The task of being a homemaker, mother, wife, sister, friend, daughter-in-law (and the list goes on and on…), can be overwhelming sometimes, but through it all, we must know that God has given us a special grace to handle all that life throws at us.

I personally faced some unexpected health challenges during my last pregnancy that required constant doctor’s visits and daily medications. In the midst of it all, I would post happy pictures on Instagram, but at night would shed tears due to the pain from the daily insulin shots. That was my reality for a few months until finally the baby was born and my health was stabilized.

Therefore, it is important to understand that life might throw some curve balls at us, but how we choose to view and handle the situation would determine the trajectory of our lives. I love the famous quote that says…

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!!!”

So, I ask you… What’s your reality? For me, my reality for the past few months, was managing Gestational Diabetes while juggling a full-time job, parenting two young toddlers and trying to keep up with my role as a wife, friend and sister. I decided to find joy in the midst of the trials and trust that “the Lord will perfect that which concerns me” (Psalm 138:8).

So, I leave you with this…. “Life is short, and if we enjoy every moment of every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way” (Gretchen Bleiler).