To all the moms and dads out there: Please know it is okay for you to pick up your purpose and follow your dreams. No one said that you had to stop becoming the person you were meant to be because children entered into your life. It's a rewarding experience (Psalm 127:3) and one that brings forth growth in yourself as well. Along with that journey come responsibilities you may not have known or experienced previously. That may have caused you to invest so much into them that you lost sight of who you are or who you were called to be.
So I want to reiterate to you that your dreams don't have to fall by the wayside as you embark on this new chapter with your children. You can raise your children (Proverbs 22:6) and still pursue the purpose that God has placed inside of you.
I remember becoming a mom in my early 20's and I was so excited to see what this chapter of motherhood would hold for me. I had always wanted children, but I didn't expect to have them this early. Nonetheless, I welcomed them into my life and I started to see my own dreams fade away. I didn't think chasing after my desires were as feasible with them so I put a lot of things on hold. A lot fell by the wayside. I remembered wanting to do more, but feeling like I wasn't quite able to with the amount of responsibility that weighed on me.
It was until after the pandemic hit that I understood that so much of my identity had been wrapped up in my role as a mom. God took the next few years to heal me and unravel me so I could see who He was calling me to be. It was more than just a mom of three. I had to understand that being their mom is a part of what makes me, but it's not the end. It's only a fraction of who I am.
So this is a letter to other moms and dads who may read this article to know that God is calling you to be more than that mother or father to your children. To know that you are an individual with goals and dreams that can be achieved by partnering with Him in the process.